The TorontoFilm Festival has recruited Montreal film critic and author Matthew Hays to its Canadian feature programming team and appointed Kathleen Mullen as Short Cuts Canada programmer.
Hays, who has written on film for the weekly Montreal Mirror since 1993 and on popular culture and politics for a broad range of dailies and periodicals, teaches film studies at Concordia U and is the author of “The View From Here: Conversations With Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers.”He joins associate director of Canadian programming Steve Gravestock and Jesse Wente. Canadian features are now slotted throughout TIFF’s array of programming windows rather than having their own separate category.
Mullen has programmed for the Provincetown Film Festival, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Film Program and the Vancouver Film Festival. She was the director of programming at Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival from 2000-05.
The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 4-13.