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Jane Schoettle

Jane Schoettle

Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA (Independent)


Edmonton, Alberta

Programming for the Festival since:

Desert-island films:
Anything with Judy Holliday
Heist thrillers like The Thomas Crown Affair (both of them) or The Italian Job (both of them)
Rossellini's Rome, Open City
Any action movie where a lot of cars blow up—don't ask.

Which Festival programmers films do you most look forward to each year? 
All of them—because although I never get to see any of their films during the Festival, I anticipate them, yearn for them,'s like 240 slots worth of cinematic foreplay.

The strangest place you've ever watched a film:
You mean, like, for work?

What do you do for the rest of the year when you aren't programming for the Festival? 
Well, I try to have that one on one experience with other programmers’ films. Barring that, I read, walk my dogs, work on scripts, move to a warmer climate, and generally interfere in the lives of my friends.


Australia, Israel, New Zealand, USA (Independent)


Jane Schoettle is an International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival®, responsible for programming films from Australia, New Zealand and Israel, as well as American independent cinema. Having joined TIFF in 2002, her keen eye for discovering new talent was confirmed when films she programmed won the Cadillac People’s Choice Award three years running — Hotel Rwanda in 2004, Tsotsi in 2005 and Bella in 2006.

Schoettle is the founder and former Director of the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, recognized as one of the top five children’s festivals in the world. During her tenure at Sprockets, she also established the John VanDuzer Children’s Film Collection, which provides teachers with the opportunity to screen engaging and educational films not otherwise available in Canada. She also established Reel Comfort, which brings screenings and workshops to patients in acute care psychiatric wards in hospitals, and Special Delivery, a filmmaking workshop for at-risk youth in under-serviced communities. For three years, Schoettle also programmed TIFF’s subscription series Reel Talk.

Schoettle has worked as a script consultant for private clients and participated in numerous film residency programmes, most recently for the South Australian Film Corporation at the Adelaide Film Festival and for Screen Australia held in Sydney. She has served on numerous international festival juries including events in Scandinavia, Europe, South America and South Asia, and often appears on-camera or in-print as a film expert. She has spoken extensively on the subject of ‘Festival Strategies for Independent Films’, most recently in Auckland, Sydney, Melbourne, SXSW 2010 and 2011, as well as the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.