Speaker Robyn Citizen

Speaker Robyn Citizen


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Robyn Citizen

International Programmer, Short Cuts

TIFF Toronto International Film Festival

Robyn Citizen is a film curator, scholar, educator, and notable Texan based in Toronto. Her eclectic
film background includes work as a publicist assistant in the Repertory office of New York City’s Film
Forum; guest lecturer on zombie cinema and the geopolitics of East Asian anthology horror films; an
invited juror for a short-film scholarship competition; and as a featured panellist on Afrofuturism at
an East End Arts symposium.

Citizen received a PhD in cinema studies from New York University in 2015. Her research focused on
representations of ethno-racial and national identity and genre cinemas. From 2012 to 2017 she was
a lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies and the Department of Theatre and Film at the
University of British Columbia, where she created courses such as Asian Horror Cinema and
Deconstructing “Asian Minimalism.” Her credits as a writer include an essay on pinku eiga, The
Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai (2003), a chapter on black women in transnational science-fiction
films, and forthcoming work in edited volumes on Get Out (2017) and East Asian Cult Cinema.

In 2018, Citizen joined the Toronto International Film Festival as a programming associate. Later that
year she was named as a programmer for the Human Rights Film Festival. Most recently, Citizen
hosted the Toronto premiere of the documentary Horror Noire (2018) at TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre.

Speaking on: Post-session Chatroom: Getting on the circuit: meet the festival programmers

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