Piers Handling

Piers Handling studied History and Philosophy at Queen’s University. A light went on for him when he walked into two films by the iconoclastic Godard. While working for the Canadian Film Institute, a second light when on when he was exposed to Quebec cinema through the works of Gilles Carle and Jean-Pierre Lefebvre. Piers began to research and publish books and articles on Canadian cinema, and worked for the NFB on the feature documentary Has Anybody Here Seen Canada? He lectured on Canadian film at Carleton and Queen’s Universities before joining the Festival of Festivals in 1982. Appointed Programme Director in 1987, he became Director and CEO in 1994, when the Festival was renamed. Piers has organized numerous programmes over the past twenty-five years for TIFF, and has curated programmes for the Sundance, Havana and Rotterdam film festivals, as well as for the British Film Institute. His books include monographs on David Cronenberg and Don Shebib, and he has written numerous articles. Piers has sat on many film festival juries, including Tokyo, Rotterdam and Torino; he is a member or past member of the boards of Tafelmusik, the Canadian Film Centre and Luminato, and sits on the advisory councils for Telefilm Canada, Ontario’s Minister of Culture, and the Mayor of Toronto.