Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Third annual TIFF Gala features onstage conversation with Al Pacino

Charity Event and Cocktail To Be Held on September 3

TIFF announced today that Academy Award-winning actor Al Pacino will grace the stage for a look back at his distinguished career at the third annual TIFF Gala, an exclusive charity event which will kick off the 39th Toronto International Film Festival. The on-stage conversation with Mr. Pacino will be followed by a glamorous cocktail dinatoire, musical performances, a live auction and more. The event takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 3, 2014 at 7 p.m.

“We’re thrilled to have Al Pacino participate in our third annual TIFF Gala,” said maxine bailey, VP of Advancement at TIFF. “This important event raises much-needed funds that allow TIFF to continue our free year-round activities like Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals, and Pocket Fund, which provides subsidies for children and families who would otherwise be unable to participate in our educational and cultural programming.”

“This year’s event is sure to be a party like no other,” said Lisa de Wilde, Chair of TIFF’s Board of Directors. “In its first two years, the TIFF Gala has raised more than $1 million to help fund our philanthropic activities. Whether you’re an Al Pacino fan, a film lover or are just looking for a unique and inspirational night out, we encourage audiences to join us and show their support for TIFF.”

Al Pacino stars in two films in official selection at this year’s Festival: Manglehorn and The Humbling. Pacino is an eight-time Academy Award® nominee. After having received Best Actor nominations for And Justice for All, The Godfather Part II, Dog Day Afternoon and Serpico, Pacino won an Oscar® for Best Actor for his performance in Scent of a Woman. He also won an Emmy® and a Golden Globe® for his portrayal of Roy Cohn in HBO’s award-winning adaptation of Angels in America. Pacino made his professional acting debut off-Broadway, has won two Tony awards and received the Cecil B. De Mille Award from the Hollywood Foreign Press in 2001. Pacino directed and starred in the film Looking for Richard, a meditation on Shakespeare’s Richard III, for which he received the Outstanding Directorial Achievement For a Documentary award from the Director’s Guild of America. In June 2007, he received AFI’s highest honor for a career in film, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award. Pacino recently directed an independent documentary based on Oscar Wilde’s Salome, titled Wilde Salome.

Proceeds from the Gala enable TIFF to continue creating and inspiring a community of engaged film-lovers, and supporting the careers of emerging filmmakers through a variety of year-round programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Tickets to the TIFF Gala are $1,500. Limited quantities are available. To purchase tickets, please visit tiff.net/gala. The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4 to 14, 2014.

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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 Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, 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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