TIFF Pledges To Use Charitable Donations To Bring Diverse Film Critics To The Festival

The Playlist | 6/15/2018 | Charles Barfield
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This week, Brie Larson made headlines talking about diversity in film criticism. She referenced a report that was published detailing how white males dominate the film critics community. And as part of her speech, she mentioned how festivals such as Sundance and the Toronto International Film Festival were making pledges to increase the number of diverse film writers that would be attending the events.

Now, in an interview with The Globe and Mail, Andréa Grau, TIFF’s vice-president of public relations and corporate affairs, talks about the ways that her festival will increase the number of underrepresented film critics.

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“Part of our job is to stay on top of what the conversations are out there, and the new journalists who are coming up who need a spotlight,” says Grau. “Some may have the means to come independently, some may need support, and we’re going to try to help them financially.”

“The thing that we come up against as a charitable organization is resources, so it’s interesting that through programs like Share Her Journey, we can use some of those funds to bring in female critics, which is part of that 20 percent mentioned by Brie,” she continued. “The other part is people of color, an initiative which has been on TIFF’s radar for some time, but the urgency for it has become more evident. So we became more focused on hard numbers and how...
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