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Magali Simard

Magali Simard


Gatineau, Québec

Programming for the Festival since:
2010, but I was born ready.

Secret film love:
The Little Mermaid and Sigourney Weaver.

Should have seen it by now but haven’t:
You will kill me, but Star Wars.

Favourite television series:
The Wire and The National with Peter Mansbridge.

Your secret Toronto begins...
With the food at Marben; Cinema 3 at TIFF Bell Lightbox; The Beer Festival; the cocktails at Goods & Provisions; and the animals at Riverdale Farm.


Simard is the Manager of Film Programmes at TIFF, working on new releases, TIFF Cinematheque, the Human Rights Watch Film Festival and ongoing film series. Bringing her experience in the Canadian film industry and deep knowledge of Quebec cinema, she sits on the programming team for the Toronto International Film Festival’s Canadian feature films. She co-programmed the Festival’s Short Cuts Canada section for five years. Simard has served on juries for the Berlinale Teddy Awards, Rio de Janeiro’s Curta Cinema, the Festival du Nouveau Cinema and the Sundance Film Festival.