International Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival®, responsible for introducing audiences to the best in Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese cinema. The year after she joined the Festival in 2002, she programmed its spotlight on Brazil, “Vida de Novo”.
Sanchez subsequently programmed two surveys of Argentine Cinema for TIFF Cinematheque, in 2004 and 2006. Also in 2006, she programmed a week of Cuban cinema at the Royal Ontario Museum. Sanchez co-programmed the “City to City Spotlight on Buenos Aires” for TIFF in 2011.
Sanchez is currently a programme consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, a senior programme consultant for the Miami International Film Festival, and has been involved in a variety of other festivals and cinematic presentations. She also programmes the Calgary Latin Wave with the PROA Foundation in Argentina, now in its second year.
In 2007 Sanchez was on the Ecuadorian Ministry of Culture Film Fund jury and in 2008 was on the first Primera Copia jury at the Havana Film Festival. She has also been a jury member for the script development fund at the Colombian Ministry of Culture.
As Associate Producer, she successfully negotiated the co-production contract and distribution for Nos Hacemos Falta – Tilt (We Need Each Other – Tilt, 2001).
Sanchez was recently appointed Artistic Director of IFF Panama – a new International film festival in Panama that held its inaugural edition in April, 2012.