TIFF Appoints Festival Vet Cameron Bailey As CEO

Thirty-one year Toronto International Film Festival veteran Cameron Bailey has been elevated to the role of CEO.

Bailey recently led the festival as Co-Head and Artistic Director with Co-Head Joana Vicente. At the end of September, Vicente departed TIFF for the Sundance Institute where she was named CEO.  Planning on the 2022 Festival is already underway as the TIFF Bell Lightbox reopens its doors.

The Board of Directors of the Toronto International Film Festival made the announcement about Bailey today in the wake of Jeffrey Remedios, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Canada, being named as the festival’s new Chair of the Board, with Jennifer Tory completing her role in that position.

Bailey started at TIFF in 1990 as a seasonal programmer amid a career as a film critic. He’s held several key roles at TIFF: as a programmer with Perspective Canada, founding the Planet Africa section, working as the fest’s Artistic Director. Bailey has ensured during his leadership at TIFF that the festival is an essential stop for filmmakers, industry professionals and journalists from around the world; not to mention it’s a big launchpad for the annual awards season and Q4 domestic box office. Bailey has seen TIFF through an off-beat year in 2020 during the pandemic when it went completely hybrid to a gradual opening this year when Canada opened its borders to the U.S.  Bailey will continue to grow TIFF and adapt it to a future which meets the needs of the fest’s passionate attendees, filmmakers, industry professionals and stakeholders, both in-person and on-line.

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For 20 years Bailey worked as both programmer and critic, contributing to Toronto’s NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One, and CTV’s Canada AM. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, and Screen, along with several books. In 2015, Bailey participated in CBC’s Canada Reads competition, successfully championing Kim Thuy’s novel Ru. Bailey has taught film curation at the University of Toronto, and holds an honorary doctorate from Western University. He is a Chevalier in France’s Order of Arts and Letters and is a member-at-large of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. For ten consecutive years, (2012–2021), Toronto Life magazine has named him one of Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People.

“I could not be more assured in my first act as Chair representing the TIFF Board in the appointment of Cameron Bailey as CEO. Cameron is a luminary in the global film industry and his committed leadership, strategic perspective and unparalleled passion has already built an essential foundation for this organization. There is no one better suited to drive TIFF forward,” said Remedios.

“His immeasurable depth of cinematic knowledge, his astute understanding of this ever-changing industry and the evolving technologies that impact the way we share stories through film will shape TIFF’s future and I look forward to supporting his vision for years to come,” added the TIFF Chair.

“TIFF’s mission to ‘transform the way people see the world through film’ is my mission as well,” said Bailey. “I believe the moving image has a unique power to tap into our deepest emotions, and shift the way we view our world and each other. It’s both a joy and an enormous responsibility to lead our passionate, committed TIFF team as we connect people and communities through film. I’m indebted to TIFF’s founders and to each of TIFF’s previous leaders for building an organization dedicated to making positive change in the world for filmgoers, filmmakers, and all the professionals who make movies matter.”

 

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