Skip to main content

Tiff Logo
TIFF Bell Lightbox
is OPEN TODAY from
416.599.TIFF / 1.888.599.8433
Location | Hours
Learn more about Festival:
Colin Geddes

Colin Geddes


Camden East, Ontario childhood; Toronto adulthood.

Programming for the Festival since:

Desert-island films:
Chungking Express
Burden of Dreams
Swallowtail Butterfly
King Kong
Prodigal Son

Your favourite Festival programmer who is not you:
Magali Simard, because as a Short Cuts Canada programmer she, and Alex Rogalski, discover and nurture tomorrows great directors and producers! Plus she has finesse and panache to burn!

The strangest place you’ve ever watched a film:
Watching Bellflower in a back alley in Asheville, North Carolina, with Mother Medusa, the post-apocalyptic car from the film, firing its flamethrowers when the screening ended at midnight.

What do you do for the rest of the year when you aren’t programming for the Festival?
Work with directors and producers on distribution and marketing strategy; or spend time at the cottage building things out of wood.



Colin Geddes selects cutting-edge films for the Toronto International Film Festival's Real to Reel, Vanguard, Visions and Midnight Madness programmes. Since joining TIFF in 1998, he has introduced new talent and programmed many notable world premieres including Miike Takashi's Ichi The Killer; Johnnie To's Full Time Killer; Eli Roth's Cabin Fever and Hostel; Alex Aja's Haute Tension; and Pratchya Pinkaew's Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior.

A specialist in Asian cinema, Geddes' additional programming efforts include the Asian rep theatre Golden Classics Cinema, TIFF Cinematheque, FantAsia Toronto and in May 2010 he was appointed as Festival Director for ActionFest in Asheville, North Carolina. He is on the advisory committee of the Reel Asian Film Festival, The Austin Fantastic Film Fest, and has served on juries for several international film festivals. For more than a decade, Geddes curated the Kung Fu Fridays screening series, which showcased martial arts and cult cinema from Asia.

Geddes holds one of North America's largest collections of Hong Kong cinema promotional materials, posters and lobby cards. In July 2008, La Cinémathèque Québécoise presented an exhibit of fifty posters from the collection. Over the past fifteen years, Geddes has rescued abandoned 35mm prints from Toronto's closed Chinatown cinemas and garbage heaps and in March 2010, he donated 200 feature films originating from Hong Kong and Taiwan to the University of Toronto.

In 2004 he founded Ultra 8 Pictures, an independent theatrical distribution and booking company dedicated to bringing offbeat international films to Canadian cinemas. Releases have included Bubba Ho-Tep, A Tale of Two Sisters, Ju-On, and David Lynch's Inland Empire.