Toronto Film Festival’s top programmer Steve Gravestock quits – The Hollywood Reporter

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Steve Gravestock, the Toronto Film Festival’s longtime programmer for Canadian and Nordic films, is about to step down.

TIFF’s senior programmer will leave the festival at the end of 2022. “It was always a pleasure to see Canadian filmmakers – from all corners of the country – bring our stories to the screen,” Gravestock said in a statement Monday. .

His retirement from TIFF comes amid an ongoing programming shake-up in Toronto, with senior film director Diana Sanchez stepping down at the end of 2021, and Anita Lee recently named as the new director of programming.

Lee, along with Kelly Boutsalis, Associate International Programmer of Canadian Feature Films, and Ravi Srinivasan, Senior Director of Festival Programming, will lead TIFF’s Canadian film programming.

Additionally, TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey has been promoted to the top job in Toronto after his co-director Joana Vicente stepped down after the 2021 edition to return to the US and replace Keri Putnam as CEO. of the Sundance Institute, the nonprofit media and arts organization that hosts the Sundance Film Festival.

Bailey and her ever-evolving programming team face the traditional launch pad of official Hollywood awards season, continuing to redefine its festival model as the independent film industry turns to the streaming space. . Canadian film programming has long been a priority in Toronto, in part to distract from the Hollywood celebrities who walk the red carpet at TIFF each September and the major studios who dominate screen time at local multiplexes across the country.

Gravestock will schedule an upcoming series of films to screen at the Bell Lightbox, the festival’s home in Toronto, in 2023.

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