A Tribute to Piers Handling
The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival is Piers Handling’s 37th as a key member of the TIFF team — and his 25th at the helm. It is also his last: Piers will retire this fall, turning his expertise to future projects following one final TIFF Cinematheque series, The Great War on Film, which marks the centenary of the WWI Armistice.
Piers joined the Festival as a programmer in 1982, and later served as Artistic Director for seven years before becoming Director & CEO in 1994, overseeing TIFF’s transition from a 10-day annual event to a year-round operation with a permanent home at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
To honour Piers' legacy, we've created an original film following the oral and visual history of Piers drawn from interviews with just a few of his many friends and colleagues.
Client: Toronto International Film Festival
Producer: Adam Schoales, Tessa Lai, and Aaron Van Domelen for Department 30
Director: Adam Schoales
Director of Photography: Aaron Van Domelen
Editor: Adam Schoales
Assistant Editor: Lee Cochran