Kingston Canadian Film Festival | Extended Q+A with Piers Handling, past director and CEO of TIFF
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Extended Q+A with Piers Handling, past director and CEO of TIFF

Extended Q+A with Piers Handling, past director and CEO of TIFF

We’re thrilled to announce that Piers Handling, past director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will be part of an extended Q+A after the screening of the 1973 film U-TURN (also known as THE GIRL IN BLUE).

He’ll be joined by screenwriter Doug Bowie and filmmaker Clarke Mackey. The three will discuss the changing landscape of Canadian film since the release of the film.

A long-time champion of Canadian film both nationally and internationally, Handling has curated numerous film retrospectives and presented programs of Canadian cinema at the Sundance, the British Film Institute and the Havana Film Festival.

He began his career at the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), ultimately becoming deputy director, and later teaching Canadian cinema at Carleton University and Queen’s. He joined the Festival of Festivals in 1982, and became artistic director in 1987. He has published extensively on Canadian cinema and edited numerous books.

Handling is an officer of the Order of Canada, has been awarded the Order of Ontario and was named a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, France’s highest cultural insignia. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Technicolor Clyde Gilmour Award, the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award by Business for the Arts in Canada and has been inducted into the Playback Hall of Fame. In 2003, he was named CEO of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society (Toronto).

 

U-Turn screens on Saturday, March 2 at 3:30 pm at the Baby Grand.  Buy tickets now!