Gravestock has overseen the group’s Canadian programming initiatives, together with the Canada’s Top Ten movie choice and the year-round See the North program, a free showcase of homegrown classics. As a programmer for the pageant, he has chosen Canadian characteristic movies since 2004 and was chargeable for alternatives from the Nordic Region.
Many of the movies he has programmed have been nominated for Academy Awards, together with Petter Næss’s Elling, Mikael Håfström’s Evil, Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar, Susanne Bier’s In a Better World — which gained the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2011 — and Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person within the World.
Gravestock has additionally overseen TIFF’s collection of monographs on Canadian movies in partnership with the University of Toronto Press. In 2005 he programmed the Canadian retrospective on Toronto filmmaker Don Owen, in addition to Dialogues, an interview collection that ran on the pageant for almost a decade and included John Sayles, Friðrik Þór Friðriksson, Sally Potter, Tim Roth, John Waters, Sylvia Chang, and Guy Maddin.
“Steve Gravestock is considered one of a form and that’s why we love him,” stated TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey. “His information of each Canadian and Nordic cinema is unsurpassed, as is his dedication to filmmakers.”
Of his time at TIFF, Gravestock stated: “One of the primary occasions I ventured into Toronto by myself from the suburbs was to see Jean-Luc Godard current À bout de souffle on the Festival of (*25*) in 1978. I keep in mind somebody within the viewers requested Godard what the that means of life was and the programmer quipped that he was Godard, not God. I used to be in the back of the balcony on the Bloor Cinema, so I couldn’t actually inform who the programmer was. I had no thought what a programmer was, or what they did, however to me it appeared like the best, most enjoyable job conceivable. And so it was — greater than I may have imagined. I obtained to journey Canada and the world, see a ton of nice motion pictures, meet some wonderful artists, publish books, stroll via volcanic ash, see geysers and eat free cheese with the elite of Canadian cinema.”
As beforehand introduced, Anita Lee, TIFF’s new Chief Programming Officer, together with Kelly Boutsalis, Associate International Programmer, Canadian Features and Ravi Srinivasan, Senior Manager, Festival Programming, will proceed TIFF’s dedication to celebrating and elevating Canadian programming. Following Gravestock’s departure, TIFF will reveal particulars a couple of carte blanche collection — a collection of movies which can be of private significance to him — that he’s set to program for TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2023.