PETER KNEGT is an author, journalist, filmmaker and film festival programmer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Toronto in cinema studies, sexual diversity studies and semiotics, and a Master of Arts from Concordia University in Montreal, where his thesis focused on the political economy of minority representation in American independent cinema.
Professionally, he has worked as a journalist for a multitude of international publications, including Variety, Salon, Film Quarterly, The Toronto Star, Xtra!, Exclaim, HitFix, and, most notably, Indiewire, where he worked full-time from 2007 to 2014, moving up from an Assistant Editor to the popular online magazine’s Senior Editor.
Through work at Indiewire and elsewhere, Knegt has extensively participated in the international film festival scene by serving on juries, moderating panels and speaking at workshops at over 50 film festivals around the world. He has also profiled many notable people in the entertainment world through this work, including Roseanne Barr, Gael Garcia Bernal, David Cronenberg, Snoop Dogg, Xavier Dolan, Michael Fassbender, Tom Ford, James Franco, Werner Herzog, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Madonna, Steve McQueen, John Cameron Mitchell, Sarah Polley, David Sedaris, Trent Reznor, Winona Ryder, Tilda Swinton and Michelle Williams (the actress, not the former Destiny’s Child singer).
Outside of journalism, Knegt has been employed in various capacities within numerous film organizations, including the Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Reel Asian International Film Festival, Image+Nation Film and Video Festival in Montreal, Hot Docs International Canadian Documentary Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, where he worked as their Publications Coordinator in 2006. He also programmed the inaugural Reel Out Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and in 2011 co-founded Picton Picturefest, a film festival and “cinephile retreat” that focuses on the idea of film as a method of both community building and youth education. The festival – inspired by Tilda Swinton’s A Pilgrimage– received considerable attention, with The Toronto Star calling it “the next stop on Canada’s film festival circuit.”
Currently, Knegt continues to assist Indiewire as a Contributing Editor, and serves on the advisory boards of both the University of Toronto’s Centre For Sexual Diversity Studies and Austin, Texas-based film and arts festival OUTSider. His first book, a historical account of the Canadian queer rights movement, was released in September, 2011 through Fernwood Publishing and continues to be taught at universities across Canada. It was received well both critically and commercial, which resulted with Knegt on the cover of Xtra! – Canada’s most widely distributed LGBT magazine – in a story heralding Knegt as “Canada’s new gay voice.” Knegt’s first short film, “Good Morning,” screened at over 30 film festivals around the world, including in New York, Los Angeles, London, Barcelona, Tel Aviv, Prague, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.