Longtime TIFF programmer Diana Sanchez has stepped down as TIFF’s senior director of film, a position that she held for three years.
Starting with the organization as an international programmer, over the course of multiple festivals she championed films and filmmakers from Latin America, Mexico, Spain, Portugal, and the Caribbean and brought them to wider audiences via the event.
“[Diana has been] an influential voice in the international film festival circuit and a visionary leader,” commented TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey via a statement. “As we begin preparations for TIFF 2022, I’ll be working with the programmers to grow the team and maintain the curatorial excellence that Diana helped cultivate.”
In her role, Sanchez not only oversaw the programming slate for the annual festival, but also the organization’s year-round film exhibition at the Bell Lightbox under the TIFF Cinematheque banner.
Her resignation follows two other high-profile departures from TIFF over the past year. Joana Vicente, the organization’s former co-head and executive director, left last September to take over as CEO of the Sundance Institute, while James Quandt, the longtime senior programmer of the Cinematheque, retired in July 2021.
“It has been a wonderfully exhilarating time at TIFF. There is truly nothing like this place or this team,” Sanchez said in a statement. “As I prepare for a new adventure with my young family, I will always be grateful for my time at TIFF.”
Sanchez is currently teaching with the Cinema Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. At press time, TIFF had not indicated succession plans for her former role.