WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Subject: Henk Van der Kolk, co-founder of Toronto Film Festival
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.