Noah Cowan

Noah Cowan has a twenty-five year history with TIFF. He is currently the Artistic Director of Bell Lightbox, our much anticipated new cultural building project, now under construction. He was the Co-Director of TIFF from 2004 until January 2008. In that role, Noah was responsible for the creation of the Vanguard, Future Projections and Mediations programmes. As an International Programmer, he co-founded the Festival’s Midnight Madness programme in 1989 and programmed major retrospectives on India (“India Now”), Japan (“New Beat of Japan”) and Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa in the early nineties. Noah was the founder and co-president of Cowboy Pictures and Code Red, U.S.-based distribution companies known for taking on artistically bold films, from 1996 to 2004. He was also the creator and executive director of the Global Film Initiative, a not-for-profit foundation devoted to the worldwide promotion of cinema from the developing world, which is still operating today. Noah’s cultural reporting and reviews have appeared in dozens of significant publications worldwide. He has been a contributing editor of Filmmaker since 1995. Noah was born in Hamilton, Ontario, raised in Toronto, and currently resides in Cabbagetown with his partner, Nathan Smith, and two dogs, Munchie and Ruckus.