Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Michael Moore, Douglas Trumbull, Peter Loehr to headline 2014 TIFF Industry events


TIFF announced today the initial lineup of speakers joining this year’s TIFF Industry events as part of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®. The Industry Conference is headlined by cinema technology pioneer and visionary Douglas Trumbull; the opening keynote speaker for Asian Film Summit is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr; and Academy Award®–winning filmmaker Michael Moore participates in a keynote conversation at Doc Conference.

"We are excited to announce the participation of these visionary filmmakers in our industry programming,” said Justin Cutler, Director, Industry Office. “Our programmes will connect 180 top-calibre speakers with an extensive industry audience of filmmakers from over 80 countries, making this year's programming a true global film summit. We aim to attract the best and brightest industry professionals to inspire, motivate and transform the way our attendees think about the art and business of content creation."

Industry Conference
Running from September 5 to 11, Industry Conference is an unparalleled professional development opportunity for registered delegates. The conference will focus on a wide array of topics relevant to the industry, from financing and co-producing, to marketing and distribution. New this year, programming on Thursday, September 11 will be dedicated to the future of cinema. In addition to Douglas Trumbull, confirmed Conference speakers to date include Stuart Ford (Founder & CEO, IM Global), Claudia Bluemhuber (Managing Partner, Silver Reel), Fabien Riggall (Founder, Secret Cinema) and Roberto Olla (Executive Director, Eurimages).

Doc Conference
Doc Conference is an in-depth series of keynote sessions, panels and presentations on the current landscape of documentary production, financing and distribution. It takes place September 9 and 10 and features director Michael Moore, among other guests still to be announced. Moore will be attending the Festival for the 25th anniversary of Roger & Me, and he kicks off the Doc Conference with a keynote conversation moderated by TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers. Moore will share his experiences in muckraking and his hopes for the future of documentary.

Asian Film Summit
The Asian Film Summit returns to the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto on Tuesday, September 9. The Summit is a key element of the Festival's ongoing commitment to build bridges between Asian cinema and the West. It offers industry leaders the opportunity to connect with one another, generate ideas, and find new business opportunities. The Summit will be headlined by Peter Loehr, CEO, Legendary East.

Talent Lab
Film industry moguls and creative mavericks lead Talent Lab’s top emerging Canadian and international filmmakers in group discussions on the artistic side of filmmaking, sharpening creative practices, and building confidence in the next generation of filmmakers. This year, Talent Lab participants will be guided by Governors Jim Stark, an award-winning American producer, and renowned French director Claire Denis, with additional Governors and speakers to be announced in August.

Additional TIFF Industry guests and events will be announced next month.

Online industry registration for the Toronto International Film Festival is now open. TIFF Industry offers five pass types, each offering access to the Industry Conference and Doc Conference. An add-on pass is required to access the Asian Film Summit. Online registration closes August 22. To learn more about passes and price points visit: http://tiff.net/industry/festival-industry-registration

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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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