Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey was born in London and lived there and in Barbados before immigrating to Toronto as an eightyear- old. Every chance he gets, he travels. After shock encounters with Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker and Glauber Rocha in university, he found a way to work as a film critic. While writing for nearly twenty years in Toronto’s NOW Magazine, he covered everything from the local avant-garde scene to the global film industry. Cameron programmed Canadian cinema for TIFF from 1990 to 1994, then launched the Festival’s Planet Africa programme in 1995. After eight years programming, he returned to working as a film critic in print, radio and television. He’s been back at TIFF since 2005, first as an International Programmer and now as Co-Director. Career highlights: first visit to the Pan- African Film Festival in Burkina Faso; jury duty in Pusan, Korea; and meeting Godard at TIFF.