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Magali Simard

Magali Simard


Gatineau, Quebec

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

Desert-island films:
Johnny Guitar 
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? 
a Cher concert DVD

Your favourite Festival programmer who is not you:
I like them all equally, as if they were my children. I am planning on adopting all of them.

The strangest place you’ve ever watched a film: 
A bathroom stall.

What do you do for the rest of the year when you aren’t programming for the Festival?
I rock on in programming at TIFF Bell Lightbox.



Magali Simard is the Senior Coordinator of Film Programmes working on New Releases, TIFF Cinematheque, Canada's Top Ten, and ongoing series at TIFF Bell Lightbox. She also sits on the programming teams for the Toronto International Film Festival's Short Cuts Canada programme and TIFF's Student Film Showcase.

Simard contributed film notes for the TIFF publication Toronto on Film, and has written for local online publications. She has been a jury member for the Alberta Film and Television Awards since 2009, was on the short film jury for the 2010 Outfest in Los Angeles, acted as a guest programmer for the 2011 Perceides Festival, and served on the jury for the 2012 Berlinale Teddy Awards. Simard is a regular guest on Radio-Canada's French radio and has hosted screenings for the National Film Board, the National Screen Institute and Ryerson University.

Simard has a Cinema Studies degree from the University of Toronto. She also studied film in Quebec while managing youth in a documentary film committee in Ottawa.