Toronto Film Festival to Welcome Back In-Person Local and International Guests

TIFF 2022 will run between Sept. 8-18

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TORONTO, ONTARIO – SEPTEMBER 18: Co-Head and Artistic Director of TIFF and the Toronto International Film Festival Cameron Bailey speaks during the TIFF Tribute Gala during the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival on September 18, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for TIFF 2021)

The Toronto International Film Festival is planning a return to an in-person format for 2022 and will welcome back guests who are both local to Toronto and Canada as well as international guests, TIFF said in a statement Thursday.

2022’s TIFF will run for 11 days between Sept. 8-18, and the festival also plans to relaunch various networking and celebratory events including the TIFF Opening Night Party, the Industry Conference, Filmmaker Dinners, Industry Networking Events, Press & Programmers Events, as well as the TIFF Tribute Awards Gala.

After 2020’s TIFF went virtual due to COVID, last year’s TIFF had some guests in-person, but the festival was largely slimmed down, and the same buzz and parties that usually surround the festival were, “essentially missing,” as TheWrap’s Steve Pond wrote at the time.

“We’re thrilled to share this news about TIFF 2022 and to introduce fresh voices to our programming team,” Cameron Bailey, CEO, TIFF, said in a statement. “Their expertise, passion, and perspectives will both deepen and broaden TIFF’s curation. As we prepare our selections both for TIFF Bell Lightbox year-round and for the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, we can’t wait to see what our new programmers will add to the mix.”

Toronto also added new members to its programming team for 2022, including new hires and some promotions from across the team.

“Veteran TIFF programmer Jane Schoettle returns to lead programming of our Special Presentations section,” Bailey said in a statement. “Jane has a long history of finding some of our Festival’s top audience favourites, and for spotting the hottest sales titles as well. Jason Ryle joins us in a new role, selecting Indigenous-made films from around the world, which will be programmed across existing Festival sections. Last year, Jason curated the Festival’s ‘Celebrating Alanis Obomsawin’ spotlight, and was previously executive director of imagineNATIVE. Journalist Kelly Boutsalis joins TIFF as associate programmer for Canadian feature films, and Ravi Srinivasan rejoins TIFF in a full-time role as senior manager, TIFF Programming. He’ll contribute to the Festival’s programming of Canadian feature films and films from Southeast Asia.”

Finally, Robyn Citizen will lead the festival programming team as director of festival Programming & Cinematheque after joining the festival in 2018.

”I am thrilled to be leading this team of innovative, film-loving professionals. The last two years set the stage for change, and TIFF has embraced it — we are refocused on brave, authentic curation, on engaging stories and bringing audiences together. And while James Quandt’s retirement left a large void to fill, it is very exciting to announce that longtime Festival programmer Andréa Picard has stepped into the full-time role of senior curator, TIFF & TIFF Cinematheque.”