Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Toronto International Film Festival announces industry programming for 2013

Featuring guests including Dede Gardner, Alison Thompson, Rich Gelfond, Greg Foster, Jeff Skoll, Jim Berk and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

TORONTO – TIFF Industry today announced the programming lineup that will run during the 38th Toronto International Film Festival®. Events include Moguls sessions with Plan B Entertainment’s Dede Gardner, Focus Features’ Alison Thompsonand IMAX’s Greg Foster and Rich Gelfond; a keynote address by Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jim Berk; plus panels featuring a range of filmmakers, industry experts and more including Half of a Yellow Sun author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, casting director Kerry Barden, e2b Capital’s Cassian Elwes and trailer guru Mark Woollen.

“We're incredibly excited about this year’s seven-day slate of programming,” said Justin Cutler, Senior Manager, TIFF Industry Office. “The diverse group of creators, innovators and experts will provide a truly unique professional development experience for delegates attending the Festival.”

Running from September 6 to 12, the Industry Conference is an expansive professional development opportunity for registered delegates. The seven-day Conference will focus on a wide array of topics relevant to the industry, split into daily themes: Emerging Filmmakers, Financing, Co-production, Marketing, Creative Process, Distribution and Transmedia.

For registration and info for all TIFF Industry programmes, and more panel and guest announcements, visit tiff.net/industry.


The Filmmakers’ Lounge is a meeting space for Festival filmmakers and industry professionals and the site for panels and industry sessions, as well as a place to meet, work or take a break. The Lounge features free WiFi and a variety of meeting spaces. Filmmakers’ Lounge is available to all Festival delegates and is open from September 5 to 13, from 9am to 7pm and on September 14 from 9am to noon. The Lounge is located in the TIFF Industry Centre at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King St. West, Toronto.


This series of intimate, one-on-one sessions with some of the most powerful and influential movers and shakers of the film world offers a rare opportunity to gain insights into the inner workings of the creative and business minds that help shape the industry.

Greg Foster and Rich Gelfond
IMAX works closely with top filmmakers to help them present their movies at their very best, from production to presentation. IMAX’s network is among the most important and successful theatrical distribution platforms for major event films around the globe. This session offers an in-depth conversation with IMAX CEO Rich Gelfond and Greg Foster, CEO IMAX Entertainment and Senior Executive Vice President, IMAX Corp., who will discuss the Canadian company’s strategy for global success.

Dede Gardner
TIFF Industry proudly presents a conversation with Academy-Award nominee Dede Gardner, President of Plan B Entertainment, the production company helmed by Brad Pitt. Gardner has produced box-office hits such as Eat, Pray, Loveand World War Z, as well as art-house favourites like The Tree of Life and Killing Them Softly, and is currently at the Festival with Steve McQueen’s highly anticipated 12 Years A Slave.

Alison Thompson
This conversation features one of the leading executives in independent film sales, Alison Thompson, Co-President of Focus Features International. Overseeing sales, distribution, marketing, publicity and aspects of European production and acquisitions, she has represented such prominent titles as Blue Jasmine, Brokeback Mountain, Cloud Atlas, Into the Wild, Moonrise Kingdom, Somewhere and Volver – among many others – during her illustrious career.


Industry Dialogues is a speaker series examining the current and future state of the film industry and the craft of filmmaking.

Engaging Filmmakers and Audiences: A Keynote Conversation with Participant Media
Since its inception 10 years ago, Participant Media has made a significant impact in the industry by developing socially relevant and commercially viable feature films, documentaries and television. Against the backdrop of the highly anticipated world premiere of The Fifth Estate and North American premiere of The Unknown Known at the Festival, Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and CEO Jim Berk hit the stage for a conversation about their vision and the day-to-day realities of the film business in North America and around the world. They will be joined by a number of key industry figures as they discuss their successes and lessons learned from the company’s expansion into new territories: the recently-launched TV channel Pivot, and digital site TakePart.com

TIFF 101
Whether you’re a Festival first-timer or veteran; a filmmaker or industry delegate, this TIFF Industry breakfast will be an invaluable resource. In addition to offering an insider’s look at maximizing time and taking advantage of resources available, it’s also a great way to meet colleagues and TIFF decision-makers in an informal environment. TIFF 101 features TIFF staffers Justin Cutler (Senior Manager, TIFF Industry Office), Christoph Straub (Manager, Industry Programming) and Hayet Benkara (Industry Project Manager, STUDIO).

Nurturing Emerging Talent
Meet the influencers, advocates and new talent leading the way in creative production. Panellists will share their experiences in the global film industry as they develop opportunities for emerging filmmakers. Panellists:
 Steven Markovitz, Suka! Productions
 Josh Penn, Producer, Beasts of the Southern Wild
 Neerja Narayanan, Fox Star Studios India
 Moderator: Wendy Mitchell, Screen International

Alternate Financing: The Road Less Travelled
Expert speakers discuss the advantages and limitations of different types of financing structures available to those who choose a non-traditional route to project-funding. Panellists:
 Elisabeth Holm, Kickstarter
 Vida Rizq, Aflamnah
 Catalina Briceno, Canada Media Fund
 Moderator: John Galway, The Harold Greenberg Fund

Micro-Budget Realities
As producers and content creators are increasingly expected to do more with less, this panel will deconstruct what it takes for micro-budget ($100,000 and under) success via a case study. Panellists:
 Katriel Schory, Israeli Film Fund
 Enrique Lopez, Producer, Gente in Sitios

Big Money: Private and Equity Financing
Insiders provide a window on how financing decisions are made in order to help demystify the role of private capital and its relationship with the film industry, and point producers to methods of unlocking these resources. Panellists:
 Kerry Barden, Casting Director
 Yewande Sadiku, Stanbic IBTC Capital Limited
 Moderator: Cassian Elwes, e2b Capital

Meet the EU Film Funders
For the first time, a selection of Europe’s biggest funding agencies will attend the Festival in official capacities. This panel introduces delegates to some of the major players and offers tips on how to access their various funding streams. Panellists:
 Cornelia Hammelmann, DFF (Germany)
 Roberto Olla, Eurimages (Italy)
 Isabel Davies, British Film Institute (UK)
 Moderator: Valerie Mouroux, Cinémas du Monde

Spotlight: Nigeria beyond Nollywood
Half of a Yellow Sun, a Festival Special Presentation, has been touted as the highest-budget film in the history of Nollywood, and was funded almost entirely by Nigerian investors. Delegates will learn about the new modes of production being explored in Nigerian cinema, and of the nation’s cinematic past, present and future. Panellists:
 Andrea Calderwood, Producer
 Biyi Bandele, Director and Screenwriter
 Kisha Cameron Dingle, Completion Films
 Moderator: Aboubakar Sanogo, Carlton University

Co-Production Case Studies
First-hand lessons in the dos and don’ts of co-production through a closer examination of official Festival selections produced across borders. Panellists:
 Sarika Hemi Lakhani, One Fine Day Films
 Moderator, John Hadity, Entertainment Partners

The Right Marketing Strategy for the Right Film
Filmmakers are increasingly required to balance business and creativity, making marketing and business strategies something with which they must become familiar. This panel offers a primer on reaching and engaging audiences and potential partners through research, brand integration and social metrics. Panellists:
 Marc Schiller, Bond 360
 Jamie Wilkinson, VHX

Engaging Your Audience
From content sourcing the next big thing and mobilizing for screen-time in theatres to generating the ‘buy-in’ for financial involvement, experts explore innovations in engaging a savvy digital audience. Panellists:
 J Joly, Cinecoup
 Nicolas Gonda, Tugg
 John Trigonis, IndieGogo

Cinematography and Technology – 4K: Beyond RED
With the advent of 4K and new forms of media and technology, this panel provides a state of the union on the latest largesensor cinematography. The discussion will give an overview of the latest gear and techniques, and looks at the impact of the technology from both creative and business perspectives. Panellists:
 Nick De Pencier, Cinematographer
 Moderator: David Leitner, Filmmaker Magazine

Story: From Page to Screen
A discussion of the shift from story to screenplay, and from screenplay to screen, with the expertise of high-profile authors and screenwriters associated with a range of official Festival film selections. Panellists:
 Franklin Leonard, Blcklst
 Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie, Author, Half of a Yellow Sun

Anatomy of a Trailer
Trailer guru Mark Woollen offers an intimate presentation on the anatomy of the trailer, giving insights into how the auteur driven cutting process can captivate and engage audiences.

Global State of VoD
Change is the only constant in the global Video on Demand marketplace. This panel will provide a look at the evolution of VoD in multiple territories including Mexico, Kenya, France and China. Panellists:
 Elizabeth Louise Hopkins, Cinepolis Klic
 Pierre Alexandre-Labelle, Under the Milky Way
 Allen Zhu, Youku Inc
 Marie Lora-Mungai, BuniTV
 Moderator: Wendy Bernfeld, Rights Stuff

New Tools of Direct Distribution
Innovators and thought-leaders in the direct-distribution world share their perspectives on the evolution of the industry and how new platforms can be used to aggregate, self-distribute, market and mobilize. The panel will discuss the state of the industry and the trends and challenges of online engagement for content creators and audiences. Panellists:
 Scott Glosserman, gathr
 Lee Waterworth, Yekra
 Greg Rubidge, Syndicado
 Jeremy Boxer, Vimeo
 Moderator: Brad Pelman, Pelman Corp

Releasing Strategies: Collapse of the Window
The collapse of the traditional windows for release creates both challenges and opportunities for content creators and distributors. This panel will discuss the new reality and various release strategies. Panellists:
 Philipp Hoffmann, VOD-consulting
 Sue Bruce-Smith, Film 4.0

The Business of Transmedia
A deconstruction of the decision-making process behind various business models from across the transmedia landscape, touching on budgetary issues, wire-models, deliverables, release schedules, and cross-platform operation. Panellists:
 William Mainguy, Reelhouse
 Ben Grass, Puregrass Films
 Andy Merkin, Mirada
 Moderator: Siobhann O Flynn, Transmedia 101 and CFC Media Lab


indieWIRE @ Filmmakers' Lounge
September 7 to 10, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
indieWIRE’s popular Q&A sessions with some of the most notable actors and directors at the Toronto International Film
Festival return to Filmmakers’ Lounge.

Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch
Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch series of panel sessions is designed to spotlight the creative talents of the country's emerging and established filmmakers. This year’s lineup will feature sessions on Friday, September 6; Monday, September 9; and Tuesday, September 10.

Online registration for all TIFF Industry pass options is underway. The deadline to register online is August 23. Onsite registration opens on September 3rd. This year the Festival announced the new Conference Pass, which allows industry professionals to access Conference events, network at the Industry Centre, and take advantage of online resources. For more information visit: http://tiff.net/industry/registration.

About TIFF
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 $189 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.

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