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Cameron Bailey Interview (TIFF Artistic Director)

A black and white photo of Cameron Bailey sitting at a table with two glasses of water.

Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). He is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming. Serving as a programmer for the Festival for more than twelve years, he has been responsible for the annual selection of films from Africa, South Asia, and the Philippines. He has programmed and hosted TIFF’s subscription series Reel Talk, and headed the Festival’s Perspective Canada series.

Bailey has programmed film series for Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, and the NFB. He presented films on The Showcase Revue, as well as producing and hosting IFC Canada’s interview series, Filmmaker. He has been published in such publications as Screen, The Village Voice, and CineAction!, to name only a few.

Bailey invited us to Soho House Toronto for a brief conversation about the Canadian film industry, the Festival, and the role of the programmer.

Our interview with Cameron Bailey was a profile interview in the tenth monthly issue of The Seventh Art as a “video magazine.” It was released in January 2013.

By Christopher Heron

Christopher Heron is one of the co-founders of The Seventh Art. He's conducted over 60 long-form interviews for the publication, while also writing and cutting several numerous video essays that investigate formal traits in films and filmmakers. He received his MA in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto, where his work explored cinematic representations of urban space with special attention paid to the films of Pedro Costa and Tsai Ming-liang.