Kiva Reardon

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Kiva Reardon
Nationality Canada
Occupation journalist, film critic

Kiva Reardon is a Canadian writer, editor, commentator programmer for several film festivals.[1][2][3]


Reardon grew up in Toronto, and credits watching Elwy Yost's long-running Saturday Night at the Movies, when she was a kid, with her first introduction to film studies.[4]

Reardon is bilingual in both English and French.[5]


Reardon's undergraduate degree is from McGill University, in Montreal, in Cultural Studies, graduating in 2010.[6] She then entered a Masters of Arts program at the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, graduating in 2013. During her Masters she interned on a film by John Greyson.

Among the film-makers Reardon was influenced was Agnès Varda, and Cléo the title of her journal, was taken from the title of one of Varda's films, Cléo from 5 to 7.[7][5] She drew from those she met studying at the Cinema Studies Institute to help staff Cléo.


In 2013 Reardon founded Cléo: a journal of film and feminism.[7] The journal published 19 issues.[8] It was partially supported by the Ontario Arts Council. The newly elected Doug Ford government announced extensive cuts to projects formerly supported by the Council, including Cléo.

Reardon is known as an innovative programmer of films at multiple film festivals, including the Miami Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.[1]

Director Adam Benzine, in an op-ed in the National Post, quoted criticisms Reardon had made of the programmers at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, for failing to recognize female film directors in their choice of films.[2]

Variety profiled her when the 2019 TIFF opened, describing her efforts to choose a more inclusive list of films.[9]

On December 1, 2019, Reardon gave the keynote address for a film series in Sudbury that opened with Cléo from 5 to 7.[5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Varda Shorts 2 with Kiva Reardon". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 2020-01-15. "She is also a programmer at the Miami Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, the founding editor of cléo journal, and has previously worked at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Adam Benzine (2019-09-05). "TIFF has a message for Venice: Do better by women filmmakers". National Post. Retrieved 2020-01-13. "'You’re not looking hard enough,' says Kiva Reardon, programmer for TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) section and founder of the recently shuttered film journal Cléo. She rejects Barbera’s notion that programming to quotas will reduce the quality of work shown at festivals." 
  3. "Game of Thrones and Avengers: Are these the last vestiges of the film and TV monoculture?". CBC Radio. 2019-04-29. Retrieved 2020-01-13. "This week, TIFF's Kiva Reardon and CBC film critic Eli Glasner join host Tom Power to talk about last night's epic movie-length Game of Thrones bonanza. They also share their thoughts on Avengers: Endgame and the latest development in the streaming wars between Netflix and its competitors." 
  4. "Diversity in Film, White Privilege & Locker Room Talk: A Conversation with TIFF Programmer, Kiva Reardon". Verve. 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2020-01-13. "She’s a Programmer at the Toronto International Film Festival and the founding editor of cléo, a journal of film and feminism. Reardon lives and breathes movies because cinema has actually shaped the course of her life. In this interview from last fall, we talk about her passion for film, what it’s like working at TIFF, and whitewashing in Hollywood." 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Inquiring Minds to open at Sudbury's indie cinema: It will first explore the work of film icon Agnès Varda". Sudbury Star. 2019-12-01. Retrieved 2020-01-15. "Reardon has extensive experience in film programming, writing, and digital media. She is the lead programmer of Contemporary World Cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival and programmed the film series “Radical Empathy: The Films of Agnès Varda” for the TIFF Cinematheque." 
  6. Denise Ing (2018-07-03). "An interview with CSI alumna, Kiva Reardon". University of Toronto. Retrieved 2020-01-15. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Cléo: a journal of film and feminism". Cleo Journal. Retrieved 2020-01-13. 
  8. Barry Hertz (2019-08-28). "An oral history of cléo: from a ‘semi-formed’ e-mail to a landmark Canadian journal of film and feminism to a victim of Ontario arts funding cuts". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2020-01-13. "The semi-formed part turned out to be a misnomer: In the e-mail, she detailed an impressively fleshed out concept for an online film publication produced in the style of an academic journal that would create a space for women and non-binary writers to explore a wide range of films from all over the world through perspectives that most interested them." 
  9. Christopher Vourlias (2019-09-05). "TIFF Programmer Kiva Reardon Aims to Add to Voices on Screen". Variety magazine. Retrieved 2020-01-15. "While curating a retrospective on Arab women filmmakers at the TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto earlier this summer, programmer Kiva Reardon considered how the foregrounding of marginalized and underrepresented cinematic voices could make an impact in 2019."