Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival
Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The artistic director of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, Bailey brings a comprehensive wealth of experience to his position, and under his lead the festival continues to grow in size and significance every year.
Before assuming his current role at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Bailey worked as a Festival programmer for 11 years. In addition, he has programmed and hosted TIFF’s highly successful subscription series “Reel Talk,” and headed TIFF’s “Perspective Canada” series. Prior to joining TIFF, Bailey curated films for Cinematheque Ontario, The National Gallery of Canada, The National Film Board of Canada, and Australia’s Sydney International Film Festival.
A former film critic, Bailey reviewed films for NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and CTV’s Canada AM; presented international cinema on The Showcase Revue; and produced and hosted the interview program Filmmaker. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, CineAction!, and Screen, among others.
In 2010-2011, Bailey was co-chair of the Arts and Culture Working Group of Toronto’s CivicAction. He was also a member of the Creative Capital group that prepared a Mayor’s Report on Toronto’s cultural sector. He sits on the board of Tourism Toronto, and is a former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation and the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2014, he taught film programming and curation at the University of Toronto.