Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey has had a significant impact on the direction of modern film as the Co-Head and Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). He is regarded as a prominent figure in the international film industry because of his commitment to elevating various perspectives and narratives.

Early life

Cameron Bailey was born to parents from Barbados on October 17, 1963, in London, England. Growing up in a multicultural home, Bailey’s background had a big impact on his eventual decision to support diversity in the arts. A large portion of his early years were spent at St. James, Barbados.

When he was eight years old, his family moved to Toronto, Canada, exposing him to a diverse cultural background that would influence his outlook on life. Bailey’s early love of stories and movies laid the groundwork for his eventual profession in the motion picture business.

After studying at the University of Western Ontario, he became involved in the field of cinema criticism and wrote reviews for Take One, CBC Radio One, Now, Canada AM, and several other magazines. Through his work in a variety of media channels, he established a foundation of expertise and insights prior to his crucial role as a programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival.


Bailey’s involvement in the film industry started while he studied film theory and criticism at the University of Western Ontario.

He began his career at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1990, taking on a small position at first, but rapidly moving up the ranks because of his excellent taste in films. His dedication to presenting a variety of stories from throughout the globe was evident in his growing influence on the festival’s programming and film selection.

Bailey has played a pivotal role in elevating TIFF to a highly esteemed and consequential film industry event, serving as its Co-Head and Artistic Director. Under his direction, TIFF has developed into a forum for avant-garde movies, a springboard for up-and-coming artists, and a spark for significant discussions regarding the ability of movies to reflect and influence society.

Bailey’s programming choices throughout his career have demonstrated his commitment to diversity and inclusiveness. He has made a concerted effort to find movies that elevate marginalized voices and give a voice to those whose experiences might not otherwise be heard. His work has pushed the limits of conventional film programming and helped rewrite the story of what defines great filmmaking.

Through his work at TIFF, Bailey continues to influence the story of film and create a more diverse and inclusive cinematic environment for future generations.

After more than 25 years with TIFF, he was appointed CEO in 2021.

Net Worth

His net worth is projected to be between $100K and $1M in 2024.


Cameron Bailey has demonstrated his commitment to the film industry and his influence on the global movie scene. His contribution to making TIFF a prominent player in the international film festival circuit is one of his noteworthy achievements. Under his direction, the festival has gained prominence and clout, drawing international filmmakers, business executives, and movie buffs.

Bailey has received multiple awards for his achievements

In 2019 he was named a Member of the Order of Canada
He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1997 film The Planet of Junior Brown with Clement Virgo and wrote and directed the short film Hotel Saudade.
In 2012, Bailey was named artistic director of the Toronto International Film Festival.
He participated in the 2015 edition of Canada Reads, where he advocated for Kim Thúy's novel Ru. Ru ultimately won the competition.
In 2018, Bailey was promoted to the newly created position of artistic director and co-head of the Toronto International Film Festival.
On November 30, 2021, Bailey was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TIFF after a 25-year career with the festival.