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Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF top brass have renamed the Contemporary World Cinema section Centrepiece ahead of the 48th edition running September 7-17, 2023.

The festival said the name change was designed to better reflect and amplify the full spectrum of programming in the section. “Centrepiece is a showcase for acclaimed titles from festivals around the globe, highly anticipated premieres from Canadian and international talents, and the latest work of influential filmmaking luminaries,” said director of programming and Platform lead, Robyn Citizen.

“We are proud to bring the world together through film, and we are especially proud of TIFF’s legacy of centring international art-house cinema,” said Anita Lee, TIFF chief programming officer. “The name change to Centrepiece crystallises the importance of this programming within the festival at large and a renewed spirit.”

Lee leads TIFF’s 2023 programming team, which besides Citizen includes: Norm Wilner, acting lead programmer for Canada and Industry Selects; Kelly Boutsalis, international programmer (Canada); Jane Schoettle, senior programmer, Special Presentations; Andréa Picard, senior curator, Wavelengths & Classics; Thom Powers, lead programmer, TIFF Docs; Peter Kuplowsky, international programmer, Midnight Madness; and Geoff Macnaughton, international programmer, Primetime.

The team includes Giovanna Fulvi, senior international programmer (East Asia); Dorota Lech, international programmer and Discovery Lead (Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Caucasus Regions); Nataleah Hunter-Young, international programmer (Africa and Arab West Asia); Jason Anderson, international programmer & Short Cuts Lead (Nordic Countries and Benelux); Diana Cadavid, international programmer (Latin America, Southern Europe, the Caribbean); Jason Ryle, international programmer, Indigenous Cinema; Jane Kim, producer of industry programming; and Christoph Straub, producer of In Conversation With.

Joining the programming team in new roles are: Meenakshi Shedde, senior programme advisor, South Asia; Ivan Giroud, senior programme advisor, Latin America; June Kim, associate international programmer, Southeast Asia; and Jesse Cumming, associate curator, Wavelengths.

The festival’s official screening venues will include TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, Glenn Gould Studio at the Canadian Broadcast Centre, and the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

The free Festival Street will return featuring live performances, partner activations, and outdoor screenings. The section of King Street outside TIFF Bell Lightbox from Peter Street to University Avenue will close for pedestrians only over opening weekend from September 7-10.

The fifth edition of the TIFF Tribute Awards Gala presented by BVLGARI will take place on September 10 at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.