TIFF founder Bill Marshall dead at 77

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement The film trailblaizer, who immigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland in 1955, founded the festival in 1976 along with co-founders Henk Van der Kolk and Dusty Cohl. He had 13 different feature film credits to his name and also produced hundreds of documentaries.TIFF began small but became one of North America’s biggest film festivals, important because it had a public audience, instead of screening to insiders. It became known as a good place to premiere movies to the public and many filmmakers launched careers through the festival..Marshall leaves his wife Sari Ruda, his children Lee, Stephen and Shelagh, and six grandchildren.CBC Facebook Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Toronto International Film Festival founder William (Bill) Marshall has died at age 77 after suffering a cardiac arrest, according to a family statement released through TIFF’s press office Sunday.Marshall, described as “a pioneer in the Canadian film industry,” died in hospital in Toronto on New Year’s Day, the statement said.“In a very real way Bill was in the business of making dreams become reality,” read the statement. “Now, as the house lights dim, friends and family will remember and honour Bill as a first rate raconteur, famous for his honesty, keen mind and wry humour.” Advertisementlast_img