The Toronto International Film Festival’s artistic director, Cameron Bailey, called Ebert a friend of the festival, telling the Toronto Star, “He was there from the beginning, he always attended…. He was the most important film critic in the world.”
A statement from TIFF organizers went on to say:
It is no exaggeration to say that Roger, through his championing, had a large hand in making us who we are today on the world stage. He was a pioneer, a true lover of film. His passing is a huge loss for cinema. He inspired us and will continue to inspire generations.
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Movies are human documents. They show us our soul. Roger Ebert taught me that.