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.
Bailey currently sits on the Advisory Council for Western University’s School for Arts and Humanities and for Haiti’s Cine Institute film school. He is past co-chair of the Arts & Culture Working Group of Toronto’s CivicAction. In 2016, Bailey joined the board of CivicAction. He is also a former board member of Tourism Toronto, and previously taught a course in programming and curation at the University of Toronto.