Mar 16, 2022« Back to News
DIANA SANCHEZ ANNOUNCED AS CO-DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING OF BLUE MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL
Early Bird Passes on Sale for Creative Forum
March 16, 2022 – Helen du Toit, Executive & Artistic Director for Blue Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) today announced that internationally acclaimed film programmer Diana Sanchez has joined the BMFF team as Co-Director of Programming.
Diana spent over sixteen years as an International Programmer at TIFF, becoming a highly influential voice in the international film festival circuit. From 2019 to 2021, she held the esteemed position of Senior Director, Film for TIFF and oversaw the Festival and the Cinematheque programming. Diana was also the founding Artistic Director of the Panama Film Festival. Currently, she works as a Sessional Lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Cinema Studies Institute.
“Diana has been immersed in the international film scene for two decades now and we are overjoyed that she is joining us to deliver on the vision for BMFF,” said Helen du Toit, Executive & Artistic Director. “Her level of professionalism, sharp instincts, and warmth are exactly the energy we are looking for as we put together our inaugural year.”
“Joining forces with someone with Helen’s breadth of experience and industry relationships is very exciting for me, personally,” said Diana Sanchez, Co-Director of Programming for BMFF. “Beyond building a strong festival lineup alongside Helen, I am equally looking forward to welcoming our industry colleagues to our Creative Forum to reignite their shared passion for great cinema in an intimate and inspiring setting."
In addition to presenting twenty-five international and Canadian films over five days, BMFF is running a two-and-a-half day Creative Forum exploring themes of dystopia and the environment through six main stage sessions. Attendees will have access to various industry parties, breakfasts and lunches, along with more intimate sidebar events in the surrounding mountains with senior filmmakers and key decision makers.
Early bird passes and special hotel rates for the Creative Forum are now available for public purchase. Early bird passes for the festival are also available. Individuals interested in attending are encouraged to book accommodations at Blue Mountain Resort early. Passes are available at Bluemtnfilmfest.ca.
About Blue Mountain Film Festival
Presented by Blue Mountain Village Association and located in the heart of Blue Mountain Village 90 minutes from Toronto in the beautiful Blue Mountains, Ontario, Canada, the first annual international film festival is scheduled for June 1-5, 2022.
The festival includes five days of international films with a spotlight on Canadian productions, a two-and-a-half day creative forum, concerts and parties. The festival is gratefully supported by founding sponsor Blue Mountain Resort, Bruce Grey Simcoe, Town of The Blue Mountains, Telefilm Canada, Tourism Simcoe County, Crozier Consulting Engineers, JustInCase and more to be announced. Blue Mountain is Ontario’s favourite four-season destination. The pedestrian village features 50 shops, restaurants, spa and award-winning festivals and events. Blue Mountain Resort offers 1,000 luxury accommodation units, 53,000 square feet of state-of-the-art conference space and year round activities including skiing, snowboarding, championship golf, 30km hiking trail network and a variety of mountain attractions.
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