Toronto sets Southeast Asia chief

Phathanavirangoon to head program

TORONTO — The Toronto Film Festival has tapped Raymond Phathanavirangoon as Southeast Asia programmer for this year’s event, which runs Sept. 4-13.

No stranger to Toronto, Hong Kong-born Phathanavirangoon was international programmer for the Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival. Most recently director of marketing and special projects for Fortissimo Films, Phathanavirangoon also programmed for the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival and served on the Teddy Jury in Berlin in 2007.

“Asian cinema continues to thrive internationally,” said Toronto fest co-director Cameron Bailey. “This appointment confirms out commitment to bringing the best in Asian cinema to our festival audience.”

Fest’s newest programmer — fluent in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai — is responsible for selecting films from Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. He will work alongside Toronto festival vet Giovanna Fulvi and will join the fest’s delegation at Cannes this month.

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