Tiff Announces Layoffs As Long Term Strategies Are Reviewed

  • Author: Jeremy Fuster
  • November 21,2019

The Toronto International Film Festival has laid off 15 employees as the organization rethinks its long term plans, s Tiff spokesperson said Wednesday.

“In recent months, Tiff undertook a comprehensive review of its ‘Audience First’ strategic plan and operating model, to evaluate where we are as an organization relative to our stated goals,” the spokesperson said in a statement provided to TheWrap.

Announced in 2017 following the retirement of longtime CEO Piers Handling, the “Audience First” plan was designed to expand Tiff beyond its annual September film festival and create more “transformative experiences through film” year round. New Executive Director Joana Vicente is overseeing the project with Tiff Artistic Director Cameron Bailey, and it’s designed to help the festival navigate the widespread transition of moviegoing from cinemas to streaming.

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