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Director of Shortsfest Programming

Jason Anderson is a programmer, writer and lecturer based in Toronto. He’s the International Programmer for Short Cuts, the Toronto International Film Festival’s annual program of short form cinema. He’s also the Director of Programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival, the country’s largest standalone festival of Canadian movies. He’s served on juries for festivals such as Hot Docs, Vienna Independent Shorts, the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival and Nordisk Panorama. Previously a longtime critic and columnist for Toronto’s Eye Weekly and The Grid, he currently writes about film and music for such publications as Uncut, Sight & Sound and Cinema Scope. He teaches film criticism at the University of Toronto. His first novel Showbiz was published by Toronto’s ECW Press in 2004. Raised in Calgary, he lives in Toronto with his wife, daughter and too many records.

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Ivonne Cotorruelo is a Cuban film curator and producer based in New York, who has been empowering storytellers for over a decade. She is a Features Programmer at Cleveland International Film Festival CIFF, and also a programmer for Atlanta Film Festival ATLFF, Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival TTFF and a shorts programmer for Aspen Shortfest. A Berlinale Talent Campus alumna, she is always seeking out films for underrepresented voices and working on a plan of strategic diversity, equity and inclusion.



Liane Cunje is a producer, and leads acquisitions for Vinegar Syndrome Pictures, the new release label for underground and cult distributor Vinegar Syndrome. Coming from a film studies and TV development background in Montreal, Cunje completed an MA in Producing Film and TV in the UK before working for cult label Arrow Video. A former Manager of Festival Programming at TIFF, Programmer with the Overlook FF, and Assistant Director for Media City FF, she features on international juries and panels, and is a board member for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies.

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Anita Tavakol has worked in the short film programming sphere for years, beginning at the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, and later as a member of the Programming Committee at the Revue Cinema, assisting in the selection process for the Short Shorts festival. She has also served in a variety of roles at the Toronto International Film Festival, including Short Cuts Programming Associate and, most recently, Associate Programmer, Industry.

Volunteer Pre-Screeners

Ingrid Adkins, Claude Amadeo, Miguel Anaya, Anna Binkley,  Ann Bray, Penny Brown, Matthew Broughton, Allyson Busby, Stephen Cappel, Rick J. Carlson, Jim Coddington III,  Melissa Dunfee,  Cara Dyksen, Ginny Epsten, Warren Etheredge, Thom Fennessey, Carolyn Golbus, Joel Handler, Tracy Hritz, Susan Jenkins, Gilbert Khoury, Jodi Grant, Morgan Lynn Krueger, Lee Lawson, Jared Leighton, Audrey Lisman, Asha Magrati, Sheri Kaufman-Marsh, Judy Matevich,  Chase McLeary, Gayle Morgan, Timothy Nelson, Gail Sachson, Laurie Chin Sayres, Sherry Schreiber, Bonnie Shappell, Michael C Stevens, Emily Taylor, Jamie White, Neil Widener, Jane Zinner.