Sub­ject: Henk Van der Kolk, co-founder of Toronto Film Fes­ti­val

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

Back in 1976, at Toronto’s Wind­sor Arms Ho­tel, the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, then called the Fes­ti­val of Fes­ti­vals, was founded by Bill Mar­shall, Dusty Cohl and Henk Van der Kolk. It has since grown to be­come one of the most im­por­tant film fes­ti­vals on the planet.

For years af­ter leav­ing the fes­ti­val, Van der Kolk wasn’t in­volved in the film in­dus­try, but that all changed a few years back when he moved to Panama, and in 2012 he helped launch the In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of Panama.

This past April, the third edi­tion was held at Casco Viejo, the his­toric district of Panama City. Seventy-three films were fea­tured from 35 coun­tries. And Diana Sanchez, who pro­grams the Latin Amer­i­can, Span­ish and Por­tuguese films for the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val, is firmly es­tab­lished as artis­tic direc­tor in Panama as well.

Fel­low TIFF co-founder Bill Mar­shall is cur­rently artis­tic direc­tor of the Ni­a­gara In­te­grated Film Fes­ti­val (NIFF), which had its in­au­gu­ral fes­ti­val in June 2014.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val of Panama, go to www.iff panama.org. And for in­for­ma­tion on NIFF, go to www.ni­a­garafilm­fest.com.

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