Cameron Bailey – An African Canadian Profile

Cameron Bailey is a Canadian film critic and festival programmer.  He has been the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival since 2012.

Of Barbadian heritage, he was born in London, England and spent his early childhood in Barbados before coming to Canada with his family at age eight.  Educated at the University of Western Ontario, he worked as a film reviewer for CBC Radio One, Now, Canada AM, Take One and other media publications before joining TIFF as a programmer.  With Clement Virgo, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Planet of Junior Brown (2007).  He also wrote and directed the short film Hotel Saudade (2004).  Cameron participated in Canada Reads (2015) as the advocate for Kim Thúy’s novel, Ru, that won!