Handling remains director-CEO

MONTREAL — The Toronto Film Festival announced Wednesday that Piers Handling’s co-director Cameron Bailey has been named artistic director.

Handling remains as director and CEO.

Bailey became co-director three years ago, replacing Noah Cowan who had also been Handling’s co-director. Cowan moved to artistic director of Bell Lightbox, the fest’s home-base and screening venue.

The co-director’s role was to allow Handling to move away from the day-to-day running of the fest and focus on his CEO functions. But this latest move brings Handling back into a hands-on role.

Bailey and Cowan will be in charge of both year-round and fest programming.

“Today’s announcement is part of our ongoing efforts to become a fully integrated year-round film institution,” said Handling. “While Cameron’s responsibilities remain unchanged, I believe that his new title will support our efforts to streamline and integrate our programming across all divisions within the organization.”

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