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Toronto, Mar 24 (Canadian-Media): An announcement concerning several appointments to the Senior Management team at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was made jointly this week by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, and Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, media reports said.
Diana Sanchez's appointment as Senior Director, Film Laura Ryan and Jennifer Frees promoted to Vice President roles would be effective April 15, 2019.
The Senior Director of Film position was created, said Bailey, with an aim to bring our curatorial strategies for the Festival and year-round film programming closer together and added, “Diana and I will work with film programming teams to amplify the cumulative impact of TIFF’s singular resources...I look forward to beginning work with Diana as she makes her transition to the new position, and am excited for her to be part of the future of TIFF.”
Sanchez, with a long-standing relationship with TIFF since 1998, will reportedly oversee the programming strategy for the TIFF, TIFF Cinematheque; Film Circuit, the organization’s nationwide film network; and Theatrical release programming at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
With a love for Spanish-language cinema, she has been selecting the Festival’s films from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal since 2002 and had developed strong relationships with a wide range of filmmakers, including Pedro Almodóvar, Lucrecia Martel, Guillermo del Toro, and Sebastián Lelio.
In addition to her work at TIFF, Sanchez has worked as the Artistic Director of the Panama Film Festival since its inception in 2011, and programmed for the Rotterdam Film Festival, the Miami Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, where she served as Programming Director.
Laura Ryan, who has been with the organization for four years on the operational and revenue-generating side of TIFF, takes on the role of Vice President, Visitor Experience.
Ryan’s responsibility covers all teams that curate customer experience at every touchpoint at TIFF, which include the Event, Technical Production, Ticketing Operations, Retail, and Customer Service teams.
Frees, who has been at TIFF for eight years, takes on the role of Vice President, Partnerships, which oversees over 100 partner accounts. , and will continue to provide senior sales, negotiation, and property-development direction for the organization’s corporate, festival, event and hospitality partnerships.
“We are very excited that both Laura and Jennifer have taken on these newly created leadership roles with TIFF...possess an incredible business acumen and overall leadership vision...Their hard work is a large part of the current day success of TIFF, and we are privileged to have their voices on the Senior Management team,” said Vicente.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)