Cameron Bailey, BA‘87, knows a great movie when he sees one. As Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, he discovers award-winning films from Cannes to Cape Town. And his love of film started at Western.
Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival and is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries.
Born in London, Cameron grew up in England and Barbados before immigrating to Canada. Serving as a programmer for the Festival for more than thirteen years, he was responsible for the annual selection of films from Africa, South Asia and the Philippines. In addition, he programmed and hosted TIFF's highly successful subscription series Reel Talk, and headed the Festival's Perspective Canada series.
A graduate of Western University’s English program, Mr. Bailey has held positions as a curator, a journalist and a writer. He has curated a film series for Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival.
As a journalist, Mr. Bailey reviewed films for Toronto's NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and CTV’s Canada AM. He presented international cinema nightly on Showcase Television's The Showcase Revue, and produced and hosted the interview programme, Filmmaker, on the Independent Film Channel Canada. He has been published in the Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, CineAction!, and Screen, among others.
In 1997, Cameron completed his first screenplay, The Planet of Junior Brown, co-written with director Clement Virgo. The film was named Best Picture at the 1998 Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, and nominated for a Best Screenplay Gemini Award. He also completed a video essay, Hotel Saudade, shot in Brazil. The film made its U.S. premiere in 2005 at New York's Museum of Modern Art.
In 2010-2011, Mr.Bailey was co-chair of the Arts & 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, and he currently sits on the Tourism Toronto board and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Cine Institute, a film training institution in Jacmel, Haiti. He is a former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation, and served on the Advisory Board of the Royal Ontario Museum's Institute for Contemporary Culture. In 2015, Toronto Life magazine named him one of Toronto's most influential people of the year.
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