Artistic Director & Co-Head, Toronto International Film Festival
Few people understand the importance of the arts and cultural sector better than Cameron Bailey. The artistic director and co-head of one of the world’s biggest and most important film festivals, he is responsible for the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) programming and curatorial vision, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries. 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 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”; headed its “Perspective Canada” series; and founded its “Planet Africa” section. 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 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. For eight consecutive years (2012–2019), Toronto Life magazine has named him one of “Toronto’s 50 Most Influential People.”