Geoff Macnaughton has been named director of industry at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), co-head and artistic director Cameron Bailey announced on Tuesday (18).
Macnaughton will oversee the organsation’s industry programming and talent development initiatives, and industry-related sales and services. He has been with the organisation for 12 years, most recently serving as senior manager of industry and festival programming, and will continue to act as lead programmer of Primetime. He reports to Bailey.
Macnaughton’s predecessor Kathleen Drumm has returned to her native New Zealand, where she will serve as CEO of Whangārei Art Museum and the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Māori Art Gallery project.
“Geoff worked his way up on TIFF’s Industry team, winning the trust of buyers, sellers and creators as he helped grow our reach and impact every year,” said Bailey. “He brings a wealth of experience to his new position as Director of Industry, and recently adding Festival programming to his portfolio has expanded his expertise and network. We’re looking forward to delivering the very best in Industry services, sales and programming under Geoff’s new leadership.
“I am extremely excited for this opportunity to help shape what TIFF offers to the local and international industry,” said Macnaughton. “The film and television landscape is constantly changing, and it’s important for us to be mindful of these developments in order to provide meaningful business, talent development and networking opportunities for all.”
Macnaughton co-hosts with Rob Kraszewski the podcast TIFF Long Take.
This year’s TIFF is scheduled to run from September 5-15.