Former Tiff chief Piers Handling on festival growth, 9/11, and what lies ahead

Former Tiff chief Piers Handling on festival growth, 9/11, and what lies ahead
’The way [Tiff] grew was a surprise to everyone.’

Recently retired Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) head honcho Piers Handling reflected on the origins of the festival, discussed the impact of 9/11 and Sars, and admitted Green Book‘s audience award win this year “surprised us all”, in a wide-ranging talk at the Los Cabos International Film Festival on Thursday (8).

“That was certainly a huge challenge,” Handling said of the September 11 attacks that occurred several days into the festival’s 2001 iteration. “There’s no training that prepares you for that… We inched our way through the day.”

Handling and his staff cancelled press conferences on the day,
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