Programming for the Festival since:
Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami)
Your favourite Festival programmer who is not you:
Giovanna Fulvi: Sophisticated, intelligent and sensitive programming.
The strangest place you’ve ever watched a film:
What do you do for the rest of the year when you aren’t programming for the Festival?
I programme for other festivals, including the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Dimitri Eipides is an International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival®, responsible for programming films from Russia, the Balkans, and a number of Central European countries. In 1988, his first year with the Festival, he programmed 26 features from Iran. It marked one of the earliest such presentations to western audiences and was a great success.
His extensive career began by establishing the Independent Filmmakers Cooperative in Montreal in 1969. Also in 1969, he worked with the Canadian Consul of the Arts and the Ministry of External Affairs to present a tour of Canadian films at film museums and institutes in 35 European cities. In 1971, he founded the Festival International du Nouveau Cinema et de la Video de Montreal, where he was the Director until 1994. From 1970 through to 1972, Eipides was the Director of Film Programmes at Montreal’s Museum of Fine Arts.
In demand internationally, Eipides was Director of Film Events for “Athens, Cultural Capital of Europe, 1985.” In 1992 he began his tenure as Director of the New Horizons section of the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and in 1999 he became the Director of the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival – Images of the 21st Century, which he still heads today. For the past five years, Eipides has also been Program Director of the Reykjavik Film Festival.
Eipides has been a jury member at numerous film festivals including San Sebastian, Istanbul, Teheran, Vancouver and Bilbao. He has been a lecturer on the History of Cinema at McGill and Concordia Universities and is programme consultant for the festival du nouveau cinema in Montreal. He is a member of the European Film Academy.