The Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) senior manager of festival programming, Ravi Srinivasan, passed away over the weekend. He was 37. It is not disclosed what caused the death.
The industry has been shocked by the news of Srinivasan’s passing. Everyone, including his friends and family, paid tribute to him and expressed their sympathies on social media.
The sudden demise of our friend and colleague Ravi Srinivasan shocked the whole REEL CANADA crew. We had known Ravi to be a force to be reckoned with when he first began working with us more than ten years ago.
TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey complimented Srinivasan in a series of tweets.
“We were shocked and saddened to learn of our friend and colleague Ravi Srinivasan’s sudden passing. “Ravi was known to many for his passion, generosity, and the joy he brought to cinema as a programmer, champion for filmmakers, and director of his hometown film festival in Sarnia, Ontario,” Bailey tweeted.
With roots in Indian and Filipino cultures, Ravi Srinivasan was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. He attended Wilfrid Laurier University to study film and English literature and Sheridan College to study film production.
He was an international programmer for Hot Docs, the founder and executive director of the South Western International Film Festival, and a senior programmer for National Canadian Film Day.
Since his passing, Srinivasan has been a member of the TIFF programming team since 2013, serving as a senior manager focused on scheduling feature films from South Asia, the Philippines, and Canada.
A GoFundMe page created to help cover the costs of Srinivasan’s burial and memorial services has already generated more than CA$61,000 (US$45,500) of its CA$75,000 (US$56,000) target.