Former Palm Springs Artistic Director Helen du Toit has been appointed Executive and Artistic Director of the new Canadian film festival Blue Mountain Film Festival.
The event in the scenic resort town of Blue Mountain in southern Ontario is scheduled to take place June 1-5, 2022, at the Blue Mountain Village Conference Center.
Inspired and curated by Du Toit, who ruled Palm Springs for over a decade, the plan is to show approximately 25 feature films from around the world, with an emphasis on Ontario productions. There will also be an industry platform called Creative Forum which will take place from June 1-3.
Du Toit said, “When I first set foot in Blue Mountain, I immediately thought what an amazing place it would be to host an intimate film festival. Such a unique place calls for a unique experience. I am honored to be part of the BMFF launch team and organize a diverse program with the best films from around the world and Canada for audiences hungry for inspired stories. I am equally excited to bring together international and Canadian film makers to share ideas, inspiration and future trends for our industry. Above all, I can’t wait to be part of a new community of moviegoers and share the experience of discovery and excitement that only movies can offer.
Du Toit is also known for producing several editions of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab and was Creative Director of the Vancouver IFF Film & TV Forum.
She was the US co-producer of Mark Cousins’ 3-hour documentary The history of cinema: an odyssey, and she developed an Italian-Canadian co-production based on the novel by John Berger At the wedding will be directed by filmmaker Andrea Pallaoro.