SHANGRI-LA HOTEL TORONTO ASIAN FILM SUMMIT
Tokyo – Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, today announced the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit will take place during the 2012 Festival, on Monday, September 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel.
“As both a key launch pad for films in North America and home to huge audiences for Asian cinema, we think Toronto can be a prime meeting place for the Asian and western film industries,” said Bailey. “The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit is our humble attempt to offer a platform where industry leaders can foster deeper relationships, generate new ideas and find new business opportunities.”
Bringing together leaders in film production, finance, distribution, exhibition and policy, the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit aims to strengthen bridges between the film industries of Asia and the West. International star, producer and director Jackie Chan will attend the Summit as guest of honour. Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) was one of the first to confirm his participation.
“With the opening of the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto now has a highly respected Asian hospitality brand just minutes from the Festival’s own home, TIFF Bell Lightbox,” added Bailey. “It just made sense to celebrate the surging strength of Asia’s film industries now. We’re thrilled that people of the calibre of Jackie Chan and Senator Chris Dodd will be a part of it.”
The full Shangri-La Asian Film Summit line-up will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Festival’s Sales and Industry Office will be selling a limited number of passes to industry professionals who are registered with the Festival. Passes will go on sale July 20.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2012.
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.
The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L'Oréal Paris, Visa and Audi, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada and the City of Toronto.
The Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit is supported by Presenting Partner, the Government of Ontario, through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and Sport.