Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Seven new recipients of Shaw Media–Hot Docs Funds announced


$180,000 IN COMPLETION GRANTS AND DEVELOPMENT LOANS AWARDED TO TOP CANADIAN DOC PROJECTS

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that seven projects have been chosen to receive a total of $180,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its thirteenth round of disbursements. Established in April of 2008, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund that aim to provide Canadian documentary filmmakers with much needed financial support at critical stages in their projects.

With these seven projects, a total of 127 projects have received funding via Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $2,909,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the second round of 2014 funding will open September 24, 2014. For further information on the application process, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit www.hotdocs.ca/shawmedia.

Toronto International Film Festival names Friday, September 5 Bill Murray Day


TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NAMES SEPTEMBER 5 BILL MURRAY DAY
Special FREE screenings of Ghostbusters, Stripes and Groundhog Day
and the world premiere of St. Vincent

The Toronto International Film Festival® has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent. Though the Festival cannot Groundhog Day the Bill Murray Day, a contest will be held to reward Murray fans who attend all three free screenings. But, really, everyone is a winner on Bill Murray Day.

Free screenings of three of Murray’s classic comedies with frequent collaborators, director Ivan Reitman and the late, great Harold Ramis — who directed, co-wrote and co-starred with Murray — will be presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 5 beginning at 10am.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 TIFF and NFB celebrate Norman McLaren's 100th Birthday


TIFF AND NFB MARK ANIMATION LEGEND NORMAN MCLAREN’S 100TH BIRTHDAY ON FESTIVAL STREET

On the evening of Sunday, September 7, 2014, the centenary of the birth of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) film and animation legend Norman McLaren will be celebrated with a free program of outdoor screenings, accompanied by live music, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s pedestrian walk on King Street West, “Festival Street.”

Entitled Re-Sounding the Films of Norman McLaren, and created especially for TIFF, this program features seven short films from McLaren’s legendary oeuvre, with original scores written and performed live by Toronto pop/psychedelic/experimental group Absolutely Free. McLaren’s films will be projected onto a wall especially painted for this event, which is presented by TIFF in collaboration with the NFB.

2014 TIFF announces filmmaker guest list and additional info


COMING THIS SEPTEMBER: FILMMAKERS AND TALENT FROM AROUND THE GLOBE DESCEND ON THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival® attracts an unparalleled roster of celebrated film talent during the 11-day event, running September 4 to 14, 2014. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Noah Baumbach, Mia Hansen-Løve, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Ning Hao, Philippe Falardeau, Susanne Bier, Oren Moverman, Michael Winterbottom, Ruba Nadda, Antoine Fuqua, Alanis Obomsawin, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Christian Petzold, Isabel Coixet, Sophie Barthes, Bent Hamer, Lone Scherfig and Roger Waters.

The Festival also welcomes thousands of producers and other industry professionals bringing films to us.

2104 TIFF announces Mavericks, TIFF Kids, and final selections


MAVERICKS PROGRAMME PRESENTS CAPTIVATING CONVERSATIONS WITH LEADERS AND LEGENDS IN THE FILM WORLD
In-person appearances by Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Jon Stewart, Dan Savage, Julie Taymor and more

The Toronto International Film Festival® invites audiences to step into the unparalleled experience of its Mavericks programme, featuring intimate conversations with leaders in the film world and beyond. Offering engaging, in-depth discussions and revealing anecdotes about their latest projects, this year’s prestigious lineup of special guests includes filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and Jon Stewart; actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; and journalists Maziar Bahari and Dan Savage.

“The Mavericks programme offers Festivalgoers an exclusive opportunity to sit in on thoughtful and engaging onstage exchanges with the crème de la crème of the film industry and other lively personalities,” said Mavericks lead programmer Thom Powers. “From daring directors to onscreen legends, our guests promise to captivate audiences with their remarkable and candid stories.”

2014 TIFF announces Discovery programme selections


TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S DISCOVERY PROGRAMME PRESENTS 39 REMARKABLE WORKS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The Toronto International Film Festival® highlights 39 first and second feature films made by exceptional filmmakers from Canada and around the world in the Discovery programme. The lineup showcases brave films representing diverse perspectives and global voices from Pakistan, Vietnam, Kurdistan, Kenya, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain and more.

“Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “It's a great place to spot new talent first.”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

2014 TIFF announces programming for TIFF Industry, Asian Film Summit, Doc Conference


SUSANNE BIER, BEAU WILLIMON, TED HOPE, SUE KROLL, DOUGLAS TRUMBULL AND PALMER LUCKEY AMONG 180 INFLUENTIAL GUESTS IN AN INCOMPARABLE INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE OVER 7 DAYS AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

TIFF Industry provides delegates with an opportunity to partake in a wealth of knowledge, to experience and learn about exciting new advancements from leaders in the art and business of cinema during the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®. This year’s programme includes Moguls sessions with Claudia Bluemhuber (Silver Reel Entertainment) and Susanne Bier (A Second Chance); panel discussions with celebrated filmmakers and trailblazing industry experts, including Snowpiercer producer Lee Tae Hun, independent producer Ted Hope and Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval; and visionary effects artist Douglas Trumbull will present a ground-breaking film project (UFOTOG) with the support of Christie®, a leading cinema projector manufacturer and 14-year Festival partner.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

2014 TIFF announces additional Gala and Special Presentation selections


NEW FILMS BY SOPHIE BARTHES, THOMAS MCCARTHY, GINA PRINCE-BYTHEWOOD AND JOHNNIE TO AS FESTIVAL TOPS UP GALAS AND SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS LINEUP WITH 24 ADDITIONAL FILMS

The Toronto International Film Festival® adds 7 Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its highly anticipated 2014lineup. Audiences can expect a robust slate of international titles and diverse genres representing works from around the globe. Festivalgoers will be among the first to see new films by directors Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius, Olivier Assayas, Benoît Jacquot, Lynn Shelton, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and the latest onscreen appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Catherine Deneuve, John Travolta, Jean Dujardin, Juliette Binoche, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Neil Young and Kristen Wiig.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14, 2014.

2014 TIFF announces Cinematheque selections


ÔSHIMA, FORD, PARAJANOV AND HU IN THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL'S TIFF CINEMATHEQUE PROGRAMME OF RESTORED CLASSICS
Free Admission!

The Toronto International Film Festival® presents the TIFF Cinematheque programme featuring newly restored classic films from around the world, including Nagisa Ôshima’s Cruel Story of Youth, John Ford’s My Darling Clementine, Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova), King Hu’s Dragon Inn, Wu Yonggang’s The Goddess and a special tribute screening of the late Harun Farocki’s In Comparison.

The lineup features selections by the TIFF Cinematheque programming team led by Brad Deane, Manager of Film Programmes, and including James Quandt, Steve Gravestock, Andréa Picard and Jesse Wente. TIFF Cinematheque is now in its 24th year.

2014 TIFF announces inaugural Short Cuts International selections


WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW CLAIRE DENIS FILM LEADS LINEUP FOR TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S INAUGURAL SHORT CUTS INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMME

The Toronto International Film Festival® is pleased to announce the lineup for the inaugural Short Cuts International programme. Thirty-six international shorts will screen in five curated programmes. The compelling lineup encompasses works from filmmakers representing an impressive 29 countries.

“Some of the best filmmaking in the industry is happening in the short form and the introduction of this programme allows the Festival to identify talented filmmakers and connect them to the rest of the world as well as the highly engaged audience present here in Toronto,” said Shane Smith, Director of Special Projects, TIFF. “From politically and socially provocative narratives, to aesthetically compelling animation and profoundly moving documentaries, the works in Short Cuts International are vigorous and vital films showcasing unique, yet universal, stories about the human condition.”

2014 TIFF announces Wavelengths, Future Projections selections


WAVELENGTHS TRANSFORMS THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE INTO A RICH, CINEMATIC OFFERING FOR ADVENTUROUS AUDIENCES
Including films by Pedro Costa, Sergei Loznitsa, Lav Diaz, Soon-Mi Yoo, Manoel de Oliveira, Matías Piñeiro, Josh and Benny Safdie, Ken Jacobs, Johann Lurf, Alexandre Larose, Mary Helena Clark, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rebecca Baron, René Frölke, Basma Alsharif, Lisandro Alonso, Gabriel Abrantes, Yuri Ancarani, KwieKulik, Mich’ael Zupraner and more…


For cinephiles, art lovers and daring Festival-goers who refuse to be categorized, the Toronto International Film Festival®’s Wavelengths programme offers 46 films which challenge conventional approaches to cinema and propose daring new forms of filmic expression. Overseen by film curator Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming team, Wavelengths is committed to showcasing a wide range of film art, including artist-made film and video, hybrid and essayistic documentaries, and feature-length films employing daring approaches to style and storytelling. This year’s dynamic selection includes the latest gem by the world’s oldest living working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira (105), alongside new films by radical auteurs Sergei Loznitsa, Tsai Ming-liang and Lav Diaz, emerging Canadian talents Alexandre Larose, Malena Szlam, Blake Williams and Jean-Paul Kelly, and internationally acclaimed artist-filmmakers Soon-Mi Yoo, Eric Baudelaire, KwieKulik, Ken Jacobs, and Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan.

2014 TIFF announces City to City selections from Seoul


2014 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SHINES SPOTLIGHT ON SEOUL WITH SIXTH ANNUAL CITY TO CITY PROGRAMME

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival looks east for the 2014 City to City programme, introducing audiences to eight daring films from Seoul, South Korea. The lineup showcases adventurous new works by contemporary Korean directors that will expose audiences to the fearless cinema emerging from the region.

Already known as a hotbed of boundary-busting and internationally acclaimed film — and contemporary arts in general — the Korean capital is home to a number of up-and-coming filmmakers poised to contribute to the future of national, regional and international cinema.

The lineup of City to City films was programmed by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Giovanna Fulvi, International Programmer for the Festival. The City to City series, now in its sixth year, focuses on the films and filmmakers from a selected international hot spot breaking new ground in cinema. Past programmes featured films from Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai and Athens.

2014 TIFF announces Contemporary World Cinema selections


KIKI ALVAREZ, TONY AYRES, BARAN BO ODAR, BRUNO DUMONT AND NAOMI KAWASE LEAD THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA PROGRAMME
Contemporary World Speakers sessions nurture inspired dialogues between audiences, filmmakers and expert scholars from the University of Toronto's Munk School for Global Affairs

The Toronto International Film Festival®’s Contemporary World Cinema programme presents the latest works of some of the most provocative and important voices in cinema from around the globe. This year’s lineup includes Pascale Ferran, Jessica Hausner, Rolf de Heer, Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, Céline Sciamma, Sepideh Farsi, Rakhshan Banietemad, Christian Zübert, Cristián Jiménez, Ryuichi Hiroki and Panos H. Koutras. Unifying diverse perspectives, Contemporary World Cinema brings exciting works from 42 countries.

For the third year, The Toronto International Film Festival partners with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series. This initiative pairs five films in the Contemporary World Cinema programme with expert scholars from the Munk School. Audiences will have the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions, following each film’s second public screening. Speakers include Ron Levi, John Stackhouse, Janice Stein, Ron Deibert and Robert Austin. The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the TIFF Adult Learning department.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

2014 Teen Choice Awards – winners


Teens Cast More Than 164 Million Votes

The following were honored today at TEEN CHOICE 2014, which aired live on FOX from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. This year, teens logged on to teenchoiceawards.com and cast more than 164 million votes in support of their favorite celebrities from film, television, music, sports, digital and fashion.

Hosted by Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey, the special also honored Selena Gomez with the Ultimate Choice Award.

Bella Thorne and Cameron Dallas presented the Choice Candie's Style Icon award to actress, singer and dancer Zendaya for her red carpet style and bold fashion choices. Actress Odeya Rush scored the Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award," which was presented by MKTO and Cody Simpson. The award is a special accolade celebrating a fresh face who is poised to "break out" from the pack and showcase her best, beautiful work.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

2014 TIFF announces selections for Talent Lab Toronto, Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS!, Rising Stars


TALENT LAB AND TELEFILM CANADA PITCH THIS! OPEN DOORS FOR BURGEONING CANADIAN TALENT AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
20 Canadian and international participants in 2014 Talent Lab Contenders unveiled for feature film pitch competition

The Toronto International Film Festival® continues to support the development of a vibrant and competitive Canadian film industry with its essential industry programming, revealing participants for the 2014 editions of Talent Lab and Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!. Produced by TIFF’s Industry Office, these programmes provide a valuable springboard for emerging Canadian filmmakers to further develop their talent for Canadian and international audiences.

Now in its 11th year, the 2014 Talent Lab is a comprehensive four-day programme led by esteemed governors who will guide 20 emerging filmmakers in group discussions that focus on creativity, the artistic process and independent voices. This year's governors include Jim Stark (Coffee and Cigarettes), Claire Denis (Beau travail), Sandra Oh (Sideways) and Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes).