Monday, September 27, 2010

TIFF 2010 in pictures

Here are some of my pictures from the 2010 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. As always, click on the picture to enlarge.

All pictures by David Eng.

Pre-festival - Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The new industry room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The festival hadn't started yet so the lineups weren't long.

The new Filmmakers Lounge, a great new hangout for visiting filmmakers and festival delegates.

The "jet lag" reception

Day 1 - Thursday, September 9, 2010

Denise Robert, recipient of the fifth Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) Feature Film Producers Award for her work on Route 132, which played at TIFF and opened the 2010 Festival des Films du Monde. She is the first woman producer to win the award.

Denise Robert generously gave her $10,000 prize from the CMPA Award to her Route 132 director, Louis Bélanger.

TIFF Canadian Initiatives director Karen Bruce, 2009 CMPA award winner Kevin Tierney, TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey, Route 132 director Louis Bélanger, 2010 CMPA Feature Film Producer Award Denise Robert, juror/Cineplex executive Michael Kennedy, TIFF director/CEO Piers Handling, and Bravo!FACT executive director Judy Gladstone.

Writer/director Wiebke Von Carolsfeld (Marion Bridge) speaking with Telefilm's Dan Lyon and filmmakers Allan Tong, Andrew Boutilier and Katarina Soukup.

TIFF Opening Cocktail at Spice Route, red carpet

TIFF Opening Cocktail at Spice Route, hostess.

TIFF Opening Cocktail. Pitch This! contestants Cher Hawrysh (left) and Garfield Lindsay Miller.

TIFF Opening Cocktail.

TIFF 2010 Opening Gala at the Liberty Grand.

Director David Schwimmer (Trust) on the Liberty Grand red carpet. He was outgoing and spent quite some time with the media.
A table made of ice in recognition of opening gala film Score: A Hockey Musical is lined with vodka shots.

Inside the Liberty Grand
Mongrel Media's Caroline Habib, animator Barry Sanders, animator/director Nick Fox-Gieg (Interregnum), filmmaker Katarina Soukup.

Day 2 - Friday, September 10, 2010 

Bravo!FACT brunch.

Bravo!FACT executive director Judy Gladstone raises a toast to Canadian short films and their creators.

Bravo!FACT brunch.

Stone press conference. Writer Angus MacLachlan, actress Frances Conroy, actress Milla Jovovich, actor Robert DeNiro, actor Edward Norton, director John Curran.

Robert DeNiro and Edward Norton.
Milla Jovovich

The David Suzuki Foundation's fundraising gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. David Suzuki speaks at the podium.

Mongrel Media party, Hart House. Ice sculpture.

Mongrel Media party, Hart House.

Mongrel Media party, Hart House.

Day 3 - Saturday, September 11, 2010 

The King's Speech press conference. Writer David Seidler, actor Geoffrey Rush, actor Colin Firth, director Tom Hooper.

Geoffrey Rush and Colin Firth.

The Conspirator press conference. Writer James Solomon, actor Justin Long, actress Alexis Bledel, actor Kevin Kline, actor James McAvoy, actress Robin Wright, director Robert Redford.

Robin Wright and Robert Redford.

Roger Ebert's Twitter showdown at the Filmmakers Lounge. With David Poland (Movie City News), Scott Tobias (A/V Club), Eric Kohn (indieWIRE), Grace Wang (, and actor Rainn Wilson (Super).

Roger and me. An honour to meet the great writer Roger Ebert, the rarest of critics who doesn't just criticize but actually loves and appreciates movies and shares that joy with his readers. But I didn't get a chance to tell him that I'm not the David Eng from New York that plagiarized him.

Telefilm party.
ReelWorld Film Festival's Indie Film Lounge Reception, Empire Lounge

Canadian Initiatives reception, South of Temperance.

Day 4 - Sunday, September 12, 2010 

Dhobi Ghat (Mumbai Diaries) press conference. Actor Aamir Khan, actor Prateik Babbar, actress Kriti Malhotra, actress Monica Dogra, writer/director Kiran Rao, moderator Henri Behar.

Les Petits mouchoirs (Little White Lies) press conference. Actor Gilles Lellouche, actress Marion Cotillard, and writer/director Guillaume Canet. 
Free block party to launch Bell Lightbox (pictured left).
Canadian Film Centre Annual Barbecue

Canadian Film Centre founder Norm Jewison.

ImagineNATIVE programmer/filmmaker Michelle Latimer, Joan Jenkinson (Director of Programming/Executive Producer, VisionTV)
CFC Barbecue, Tokyo Police Club performing.

CFC barbecue, Paul Haggis (Crash, In the Valley of Elah)
Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) reception, Espresso bar Mercurio.

Day 5 - Monday, September 13, 2010 

Conviction press conference. True-story subject Betty Anne Waters, actress Melissa Leo, actress Juliette Lewis,  actress Minnie Driver, actor Sam Rockwell, actress Hilary Swank, writer Pamela Gray, director Tony Goldwyn, moderator Eric Kohanik.
Bell Lightbox lobby. Control booth, top left.
Never Let Me Go press conference. Producer Andrew Macdonald, producer Allon Reich, writer Alex Garland, actress Carey Mulligan, author Kazuo Ishiguro, director Mark Romanek.
Doc Conference: Filmmaker Talk - Alex Gibney. Director Alex Gibney (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) and moderator Pat Aufderdeide take questions from the audience.
Buried press conference. Writer Chris Sparling, actor Ryan Reynolds, director Rodrigo Cortes, moderator Eric Kohanik.
Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE: writer Anne Thompson interviews director Danny Boyle (127 Hours).
Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE: Director/producer Ondi Timoner (Cool It) and controversial writer Bjorn Lomborg.
Talent Lab 2009 governor/mentor Danny Boyle has a reunion with '09 participants Annie Bradley, Ayelen Liberona, Svet Rouskov, Denise Blinn, and Katarina Soukup.
TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey (left) tweeting the imminent book launch of Take 100 at Bell Lightbox.
Doc Conference: Case Study: War Torn 1861-2010. Moderator Thom Powers, HBO's Sara Bernstein, director/producer Jon Alpert, director/producer Ellen Goosenberg and director/producer Matthew O'Neill discuss their documentary-in-progress.
Doc Conference. Filmmaker Dialogue: Werner Herzog & Errol Morris. Thom Powers moderates a lively discussion between master documentary filmmakers Errol Morris (Tabloid) and Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams).
Happy Hour at the Filmmakers Lounge.
Asian Film Industry Network (AFIN) reception, Japan Foundation.
Amazon Falls afterparty, Bovine Sex Club.
Maple Pictures party, Thompson Hotel.
Festival Music House opening night at The Roosevelt Room. Live performance by Stars.

Day 6 - Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Black Swan press conference. Writer Mark Heyman, actress Winona Ryder, actress Barbara Hershey, actor Vincent Cassel, actress Natalie Portman, director Darren Aronofsky. 
Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky.
Black Swan star Natalie Portman.
Host Ennis Esmer introduces the contestants of the Telefilm Pitch This! competition.

Telefilm Pitch This! participants Mark Purdy and Stuart Reid.

Telefilm Pitch This! winners Anthony Del Col, Conor McCreery for their project Kill Shakespeare!

Telefilm Pitch This! lunch.
The Annual Music + Film Mixer, South of Temperance.
South by Southwest (SXSW) party, Gabby's.

Day 7 - Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Meet With: The Screenwriters. Moderator Franklin Leonard (Universal), writer/director Massy Tadjedin (Last Night), writer/director Dustin Lance Black (What's Wrong with Virginia), and writer/director John Sayles (Amigo) discuss their approaches to screenwriting at the Filmmakers Lounge.
Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE. IndieWIRE founder Eugene Hernandez interviews writer/director Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine).
Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE. Moderator Brian Brooks interviews writer/director Xavier Dolan (Les amours imaginaires [Heartbeats]).
Moguls: Christine Vachon. Producer Christine Vachon (right) of Killer Films interviewed by the Globe and Mail's Johanna Schneller.
Happy Hour at the Filmmakers Lounge, sponsored by the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

The High Cost of Living, Q & A with cast Julian Lo, Isabelle Blais, Zach Braff and writer/director Deborah Chow.
The High Cost of Living afterparty, Crush.

Day 8 - Thursday, September 16, 2010

What's Wrong with Virginia press conference. Actress/producer Yeardley Smith, actor Harrison Gilbertson, actress Amy Madigan, actor Ed Harris, actress Jennifer Connelly, Dustin Lance Black, moderator Robert Gray.
Jennifer Connelly.
A friendly random encounter with writer/director John Sayles.

Focus On: Case Study - The Bang Bang Club. Moderator Geoff Pevere, director Steven Silver, producer Daniel Iron, and Telefilm Canada’s Feature Film Unit Director, Dan Lyon
The Filmmakers Lounge
Filmmakers Lounge, screening of Emerging Filmmakers Competition finalists and announcement of winners.

Metro party, 310 King Street East.
Dao Jian Xiao (The Butcher, the Chef, and the Swordsman) screening. Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes with writer/director Wuershan and translator introduce the film.

Day 9 - Friday, September 17, 2010

MODRA screening, Q & A with cast and writer/director Ingrid Veninger (right).
Filmmakers Lounge. CFC '10 students with filmmaker Clement Virgo (centre).
Tang Shan Da Di Zhen (Aftershock) screening. TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey and Aftershock author Zhang Ling introduce the film.
Film Circuit reception, Bell Lightbox.

A Beginner's Guide to Endings party, Urban Amish Interiors.

Writer/director Jonathan Sobol (left) and actor Harvey Keitel.

With actor Jason Jones and writer/director Jonathan Sobol.

Day 10 - Saturday, September 18, 2010

Trigger screening, Q & A. Director Bruce McDonald, actor Don McKellar, writer Daniel MacIvor, producer Jennifer Jonas, producer Leonard Farlinger, TIFF programmer Steve Gravestock.
Closing Night gala, Roy Thompson Hall.
Closing Night gala, Roy Thompson Hall.

Day 11 - Sunday, September 19, 2010

The 2010 Awards reception.
Jason Leaf (Kino Lorber Films), actress/producer Sandy Kellerman, production designer Rose Lagace, filmmakers Allan Tong, Elizabeth, and Tricia Lee.
The awards.
TIFF co-directors Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling.
Vincent Biron wins the Best Canadian Short film prize for Les Fleurs de l'âge.
Deborah Chow wins the Best First Canadian Feature prize for The High Cost of Living, thanking the festival that she won't have to return to her job at Starbucks.
Best Canadian Feature award winner Denis Villeneuve for Incendies.
The People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award winner Jim Mickle (Stake Land).

Producer accepting the People’s Choice Documentary Award for Sturla Gunnarsson's Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie

An Alliance representative accepts the People's Choice Award for Tom Hooper's The King’s Speech.

Writer/director Deborah Chow with Canadian feature programmers Steve Gravestock, Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo and Martin Bilodeau.
Incendies director Denis Villeneuve
The "Scotiabank Escalator of Terror" as it was dubbed by Roger Ebert.
TIFF co-director Cameron Bailey introduces the free screening of the People's Choice Award winner The King's Speech at the Ryerson Theatre.

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