Henk van der Kolk/ Founder

Director & CEO

In 1976, he co-founded the Toronto International Film Festival which today, in its 36th anniversary is the international film festival with the latest audience in the world. www.tiff.net.
Van der Kolk has produced five films including the world renowned Outrageous, interpreted by Craig Russell; Hank Williams:  The Show He Never Gave, interpreted by Sneezy Waters, Wild Horse Hank, interpreted by Linda Blair, Al Waxman and Richard Crenna; Circle of Two, interpreted by Richard Burton and Tatum O’Neil; Mr. Patman, interpreted by James Cockburn and Kate Nelligan as well as numerous documentaries and educational films.

Pituka Ortega Heilbron


Pituka Ortega started out at a very Young age on the path of cultural promotion in Panama founding, in 1989, the cultural magazine “Decada”.  Her career soon leans towards the film genre where she produces, writes and directs shorts such as India Dormida, El Mandado, Isabel de Obaldia and Sacrifictum, which participated in international film festivals and obtain the critics’ applause.  
Her feature film Los Puños de Una Nacion, won her Cinergia’s Support Award in 2005, and the Best Documentary in the Cinesul of Rio de Janeiro, in 2006, as well as other distinctions in festivals in France, USA, Mexico, the Cartagena de Las Indias International  Film Festival and the Latin American Film Festival of Holland.  Currently, she is in the final phase of the documentary La Ruta.
She has been a judge in international film festivals of videos in Cuba, Costa Rica and shortly, Guadalajara.  Additionally, she has judged the Ricardo Miro Literary Contest (Novel Category), and her labor in the field of the arts was recently recognized in the book Mujeres Panameñas en las Artes en el Siglo XX.

Diana Sánchez

Artistic Director

Diana Sanchez has been the Program Scheduler for the Toronto Latin American International Film Festival, since 2002.  In conjunction with the selection of films for the festival, in Spanish and Portuguese, Sanchez was also responsible for the joint programming of the show City to City Buenos Aires, in 2011, and the programming of Vida de Novo:  the New Brazilian Cinema, National Spotlight of TIFF 2003.  She has also been in charge of the programs Calgary Latin Wave, a series of films about Latin America with the Argentine PROA Foundation.
She has scheduled two series for the Ontario Cinemateca, in 2004 and 2006, focusing on the recent trends of the New Argentine Cinema.  She also presented a series of Cuban films in the Royal Ontario Museum in October, 2006.