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Ex-NZFC exec joins TIFF

Kathleen Drumm

Kathleen Drumm

Kathleen Drumm, who ran the NZFC’s sales agency NZ Film under most of Ruth Harley’s tenure as head of the Commission, was announced Thursday as the new Director, Industry Office for the Toronto International Film Festival.

Per the TIFF release, she’ll oversee all of TIFF Industry’s activities, including the conference that runs alongside the festival.

While at the the NZFC, Drumm worked in short film sales before taking over NZ Film after the departure of long-time head Lindsay Shelton in 2001. During her tenure she handled sales for titles including The World’s Fastest Indian, Out of the Blue, Eagle vs Shark, In My Father’s Den, Black Sheep and Rain.

Drumm followed Harley from the NZFC to Screen Australia, taking up the Head of Marketing role in 2009. Last year her post was one of several disestablished following Federal budget cuts imposed on the agency. She’s since worked as a consultant for the Australia India Film Fund.

“Kathleen brings years of experience, a global outlook and a strong network of industry relationships to the position,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “She knows every element of the international film world. We’re thrilled to welcome her to TIFF.”

TIFF runs various programmes and events throughout the year in addition to its flagship festival. This year’s will run 10 – 20 September.

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