Friday, August 29, 2014
The Conseil des arts de Montréal, the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC) and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) via its ACIC (Aide au cinéma indépendant – Canada) program have created the very first residency in Montreal for emerging, culturally diverse filmmakers. The $75,000 residency, known as Regard sur Montréal, will fund training, scriptwriting, production, post-production, as well as promotion and distribution of a short film. Announced today, this collaboration between the three levels of government is designed to ensure a greater presence for emerging, culturally diverse professionals working in film and television production. Cultural diversity is essential to fostering Montreal’s cultural development and boosting the city’s profile.
“Since 2006, the Conseil des arts de Montréal has been striving to ensure that the professional arts world mirrors the city’s social fabric, which is very multicultural,” the Chair of the Conseil, Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, explained. “By joining forces with SODEC and the NFB (ACIC), we’re expanding our efforts to support emerging talent and integrate culturally diverse artists into the film industry, a goal that fits perfectly with our priorities.”
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Harry Belafonte, Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki And Maureen O'Hara To Receive Academy's Governors Awards
The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted Tuesday night (August 26) to present Honorary Awards to Jean-Claude Carrière, Hayao Miyazaki and Maureen O’Hara, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award to Harry Belafonte. All four awards will be presented at the Academy’s 6th Annual Governors Awards on Saturday, November 8, at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center®.
“The Governors Awards allow us to reflect upon not the year in film, but the achievements of a lifetime,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We’re absolutely thrilled to honor these outstanding members of our global filmmaking community and look forward to celebrating with them in November.”
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Master Classes with Barry Levinson and Ning Hao, Juliette Binoche at Talent Lab, star-studded lineups for Indiewire @ the Festival and the new Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre
The Toronto International Film Festival® announced additional experts and bold new partnerships to join the TIFF Industry programme today. The stellar lineup at the Glenn Gould Studio and Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre (250 Front Street West), home of the Festival Industry Conference, promises to impress and inspire delegates with an unrivalled experience for film industry professionals. Additional Conference speakers at the Glenn Gould Studio include Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, The Humbling), Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart, Time out of Mind), Pierre-Ange Le Pogam (The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Grace of Monaco), Terry Press (CBS Films), Jade Raymond (Ubisoft) and Col Needham (IMDB).
The Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre is an exciting addition to the Industry Conference venues, enabling the expansion of conference programming, relationship-building opportunities, cultural exchange and talent accelerator programmes which include Vimeo’s exclusive Filmmaker’s Guide to the (Distribution) Galaxy sessions.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Comprehensive Kubrick film retrospective includes appearances from special guests
Alan Cumming, Gary Lockwood, Keir Dullea, Douglas Trumbull, Jan Harlan and Christiane Kubrick
TIFF® announced today the lineup of special guests and events that will enhance the in-cinema experience and complement the upcoming exhibition celebrating the life and work of legendary film auteur Stanley Kubrick. Stanley Kubrick will make its Canadian premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox on October 31, 2014 until January 25, 2015. More than a decade has passed since Kubrick was honoured with a retrospective in Toronto, and the exhibition will be accompanied by the comprehensive look at his oeuvre, Stanley Kubrick: A Cinematic Odyssey. Throughout the run of the retrospective several esteemed guests, scholars and Kubrick collaborators will introduce a number of screenings and explore the themes and continued influence of Kubrick’s work.
“Stanley Kubrick’s work remains one of the most important contributions to world cinema, forcing us all to think about who we are, and giving us a deeper look inside human nature,” said Jesse Wente, Director of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox. “This extensive retrospective accompanied by introductions from family, friends and colleagues will offer new insights into the mind of a true cinematic genius and introduce a new generation of audiences to the power of his films.”
Monday, August 25, 2014
EARLY BIRD EVENT
Early Bird Registration will open from September 2nd to 14th, allowing you to benefit from a savings, and to offer you priority for one-on-one meets with our slate of decision makers and consultants. Don’t miss out on this special 10th anniversary edition!
The winner will receive a cash prize of $10,000 at a special reception to mark the opening of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival ® on September 4th. Festival delegates are invited to attend the presentation being held from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Filmmakers’ Lounge in the Glenn Gould Studio, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), 250 Front Street West.
The award was created as a partnership with the Festival in 2006. It recognizes the vision and entrepreneurship of an outstanding Canadian producer whose body of work demonstrates commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films.
JAY Z and Blue Ivy Presented the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award" to Beyoncé Who Ruled the Night Winning Three Additional Moonmen;
Miley Cyrus, Drake, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Lorde, 5 Seconds of Summer Take Home One Each
MTV hosted an epic night of music with unforgettable performances, unpredictable moments and heartfelt messages as the 2014 "MTV Video Music Awards" were held live at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.
Beyoncé welcomed MTV and the audience to her world as she built on her VMA legacy with a medley of songs from her visual album "Beyoncé." Always the trailblazer, Beyoncé celebrated where she is as an artist today and pulled back the curtain on her family life with poignant images from home movies showing her as a wife and mother. The backdrop throughout her performance reinforced messages of female empowerment and sampled a powerful quote and call to feminism from the prominent Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Friday, August 22, 2014
The 9th Annual Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival's pitch competition - So You Think You Can Pitch? awards two winning filmmaking teams (each from the Emerging Artist and Established Artist categories) with a production package & cash prize to kick-start and/or finish your short film.
Once again this year, two winning filmmaking teams will walk away with amazing prize packages that will help them kick-start and/or finish their short film. The two prize packages of cash for the Emerging Category and Established Category to cover High Definition or Standard Definition production and post services, artist’s fees and more. We are open to all your great films ideas, be it dramatic, documentary, musical or experimental, up to 30 minutes in length, as long as you feature an Asian member in a key creative role, either in front or behind the camera.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival and Shaw Media are pleased to announce that seven projects have been chosen to receive a total of $180,000 in grants and no-interest loans from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds in its thirteenth round of disbursements. Established in April of 2008, the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds consist of a $3-million completion fund and a $1-million development fund that aim to provide Canadian documentary filmmakers with much needed financial support at critical stages in their projects.
With these seven projects, a total of 127 projects have received funding via Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds to date, with funding totalling $2,909,000 in completion grants and no-interest loans. The application process for the second round of 2014 funding will open September 24, 2014. For further information on the application process, eligibility requirements and deadlines, please visit www.hotdocs.ca/shawmedia.
Special FREE screenings of Ghostbusters, Stripes and Groundhog Day
and the world premiere of St. Vincent
The Toronto International Film Festival® has dedicated one day of its 2014 edition to a celebration of the charismatic, wise-cracking, comedic genius of living legend Bill Murray. September 5 is Bill Murray Day and includes free public screenings of three comedy classics — Stripes, Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters — leading up to the world premiere of the latest Murray-starrer, Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent. Though the Festival cannot Groundhog Day the Bill Murray Day, a contest will be held to reward Murray fans who attend all three free screenings. But, really, everyone is a winner on Bill Murray Day.
Free screenings of three of Murray’s classic comedies with frequent collaborators, director Ivan Reitman and the late, great Harold Ramis — who directed, co-wrote and co-starred with Murray — will be presented at TIFF Bell Lightbox on September 5 beginning at 10am.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
On the evening of Sunday, September 7, 2014, the centenary of the birth of National Film Board of Canada (NFB) film and animation legend Norman McLaren will be celebrated with a free program of outdoor screenings, accompanied by live music, as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s pedestrian walk on King Street West, “Festival Street.”
Entitled Re-Sounding the Films of Norman McLaren, and created especially for TIFF, this program features seven short films from McLaren’s legendary oeuvre, with original scores written and performed live by Toronto pop/psychedelic/experimental group Absolutely Free. McLaren’s films will be projected onto a wall especially painted for this event, which is presented by TIFF in collaboration with the NFB.
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival® attracts an unparalleled roster of celebrated film talent during the 11-day event, running September 4 to 14, 2014. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include: Noah Baumbach, Mia Hansen-Løve, Alan Rickman, Chris Rock, Ning Hao, Philippe Falardeau, Susanne Bier, Oren Moverman, Michael Winterbottom, Ruba Nadda, Antoine Fuqua, Alanis Obomsawin, Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Christian Petzold, Isabel Coixet, Sophie Barthes, Bent Hamer, Lone Scherfig and Roger Waters.
The Festival also welcomes thousands of producers and other industry professionals bringing films to us.
In-person appearances by Reese Witherspoon, Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Jon Stewart, Dan Savage, Julie Taymor and more
The Toronto International Film Festival® invites audiences to step into the unparalleled experience of its Mavericks programme, featuring intimate conversations with leaders in the film world and beyond. Offering engaging, in-depth discussions and revealing anecdotes about their latest projects, this year’s prestigious lineup of special guests includes filmmakers David Thorpe, Julie Taymor, Antoine Fuqua and Jon Stewart; actors Robert Duvall, Denzel Washington, Reese Witherspoon, Richard Gere and Juliette Binoche; and journalists Maziar Bahari and Dan Savage.
“The Mavericks programme offers Festivalgoers an exclusive opportunity to sit in on thoughtful and engaging onstage exchanges with the crème de la crème of the film industry and other lively personalities,” said Mavericks lead programmer Thom Powers. “From daring directors to onscreen legends, our guests promise to captivate audiences with their remarkable and candid stories.”
The Toronto International Film Festival® highlights 39 first and second feature films made by exceptional filmmakers from Canada and around the world in the Discovery programme. The lineup showcases brave films representing diverse perspectives and global voices from Pakistan, Vietnam, Kurdistan, Kenya, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain and more.
“Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “It's a great place to spot new talent first.”
Thursday, August 14, 2014
TIFF Industry provides delegates with an opportunity to partake in a wealth of knowledge, to experience and learn about exciting new advancements from leaders in the art and business of cinema during the 39th Toronto International Film Festival®. This year’s programme includes Moguls sessions with Claudia Bluemhuber (Silver Reel Entertainment) and Susanne Bier (A Second Chance); panel discussions with celebrated filmmakers and trailblazing industry experts, including Snowpiercer producer Lee Tae Hun, independent producer Ted Hope and Wild Bunch’s Vincent Maraval; and visionary effects artist Douglas Trumbull will present a ground-breaking film project (UFOTOG) with the support of Christie®, a leading cinema projector manufacturer and 14-year Festival partner.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The Toronto International Film Festival® adds 7 Galas and 17 Special Presentations to its highly anticipated 2014lineup. Audiences can expect a robust slate of international titles and diverse genres representing works from around the globe. Festivalgoers will be among the first to see new films by directors Johnnie To, Michel Hazanavicius, Olivier Assayas, Benoît Jacquot, Lynn Shelton, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, and the latest onscreen appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Catherine Deneuve, John Travolta, Jean Dujardin, Juliette Binoche, Morgan Freeman, Marion Cotillard, Neil Young and Kristen Wiig.
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 to 14, 2014.
The Toronto International Film Festival® presents the TIFF Cinematheque programme featuring newly restored classic films from around the world, including Nagisa Ôshima’s Cruel Story of Youth, John Ford’s My Darling Clementine, Sergei Parajanov’s The Color of Pomegranates (Sayat Nova), King Hu’s Dragon Inn, Wu Yonggang’s The Goddess and a special tribute screening of the late Harun Farocki’s In Comparison.
The lineup features selections by the TIFF Cinematheque programming team led by Brad Deane, Manager of Film Programmes, and including James Quandt, Steve Gravestock, Andréa Picard and Jesse Wente. TIFF Cinematheque is now in its 24th year.
The Toronto International Film Festival® is pleased to announce the lineup for the inaugural Short Cuts International programme. Thirty-six international shorts will screen in five curated programmes. The compelling lineup encompasses works from filmmakers representing an impressive 29 countries.
“Some of the best filmmaking in the industry is happening in the short form and the introduction of this programme allows the Festival to identify talented filmmakers and connect them to the rest of the world as well as the highly engaged audience present here in Toronto,” said Shane Smith, Director of Special Projects, TIFF. “From politically and socially provocative narratives, to aesthetically compelling animation and profoundly moving documentaries, the works in Short Cuts International are vigorous and vital films showcasing unique, yet universal, stories about the human condition.”
Including films by Pedro Costa, Sergei Loznitsa, Lav Diaz, Soon-Mi Yoo, Manoel de Oliveira, Matías Piñeiro, Josh and Benny Safdie, Ken Jacobs, Johann Lurf, Alexandre Larose, Mary Helena Clark, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rebecca Baron, René Frölke, Basma Alsharif, Lisandro Alonso, Gabriel Abrantes, Yuri Ancarani, KwieKulik, Mich’ael Zupraner and more…
For cinephiles, art lovers and daring Festival-goers who refuse to be categorized, the Toronto International Film Festival®’s Wavelengths programme offers 46 films which challenge conventional approaches to cinema and propose daring new forms of filmic expression. Overseen by film curator Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming team, Wavelengths is committed to showcasing a wide range of film art, including artist-made film and video, hybrid and essayistic documentaries, and feature-length films employing daring approaches to style and storytelling. This year’s dynamic selection includes the latest gem by the world’s oldest living working filmmaker, Manoel de Oliveira (105), alongside new films by radical auteurs Sergei Loznitsa, Tsai Ming-liang and Lav Diaz, emerging Canadian talents Alexandre Larose, Malena Szlam, Blake Williams and Jean-Paul Kelly, and internationally acclaimed artist-filmmakers Soon-Mi Yoo, Eric Baudelaire, KwieKulik, Ken Jacobs, and Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan.
The 39th Toronto International Film Festival looks east for the 2014 City to City programme, introducing audiences to eight daring films from Seoul, South Korea. The lineup showcases adventurous new works by contemporary Korean directors that will expose audiences to the fearless cinema emerging from the region.
Already known as a hotbed of boundary-busting and internationally acclaimed film — and contemporary arts in general — the Korean capital is home to a number of up-and-coming filmmakers poised to contribute to the future of national, regional and international cinema.
The lineup of City to City films was programmed by Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Giovanna Fulvi, International Programmer for the Festival. The City to City series, now in its sixth year, focuses on the films and filmmakers from a selected international hot spot breaking new ground in cinema. Past programmes featured films from Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai and Athens.
Contemporary World Speakers sessions nurture inspired dialogues between audiences, filmmakers and expert scholars from the University of Toronto's Munk School for Global Affairs
The Toronto International Film Festival®’s Contemporary World Cinema programme presents the latest works of some of the most provocative and important voices in cinema from around the globe. This year’s lineup includes Pascale Ferran, Jessica Hausner, Rolf de Heer, Ronit Elkabetz and Shlomi Elkabetz, Céline Sciamma, Sepideh Farsi, Rakhshan Banietemad, Christian Zübert, Cristián Jiménez, Ryuichi Hiroki and Panos H. Koutras. Unifying diverse perspectives, Contemporary World Cinema brings exciting works from 42 countries.
For the third year, The Toronto International Film Festival partners with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series. This initiative pairs five films in the Contemporary World Cinema programme with expert scholars from the Munk School. Audiences will have the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions, following each film’s second public screening. Speakers include Ron Levi, John Stackhouse, Janice Stein, Ron Deibert and Robert Austin. The Contemporary World Speakers series is programmed in conjunction with the TIFF Adult Learning department.
Sunday, August 10, 2014
The following were honored today at TEEN CHOICE 2014, which aired live on FOX from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA. This year, teens logged on to teenchoiceawards.com and cast more than 164 million votes in support of their favorite celebrities from film, television, music, sports, digital and fashion.
Hosted by Modern Family's Sarah Hyland and Teen Wolf's Tyler Posey, the special also honored Selena Gomez with the Ultimate Choice Award.
Bella Thorne and Cameron Dallas presented the Choice Candie's Style Icon award to actress, singer and dancer Zendaya for her red carpet style and bold fashion choices. Actress Odeya Rush scored the Olay Fresh Effects Breakout Star Award," which was presented by MKTO and Cody Simpson. The award is a special accolade celebrating a fresh face who is poised to "break out" from the pack and showcase her best, beautiful work.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
20 Canadian and international participants in 2014 Talent Lab Contenders unveiled for feature film pitch competition
The Toronto International Film Festival® continues to support the development of a vibrant and competitive Canadian film industry with its essential industry programming, revealing participants for the 2014 editions of Talent Lab and Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!. Produced by TIFF’s Industry Office, these programmes provide a valuable springboard for emerging Canadian filmmakers to further develop their talent for Canadian and international audiences.
Now in its 11th year, the 2014 Talent Lab is a comprehensive four-day programme led by esteemed governors who will guide 20 emerging filmmakers in group discussions that focus on creativity, the artistic process and independent voices. This year's governors include Jim Stark (Coffee and Cigarettes), Claire Denis (Beau travail), Sandra Oh (Sideways) and Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes).
Forty-two remarkable shorts will screen in the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival’s Short Cuts Canada programme this September. Committed to presenting the best short films from across the country, the diverse six-programme lineup will captivate audiences with a compelling collection of works created by a combination of emerging and established directors. Complementing this year’s lineup, two recently-restored shorts will screen to commemorate the centenary of the birth of animation legend and pioneer filmmaker Norman McLaren.
“From genre-bending sci-fi to delicate life stories about transformation and disillusion, this year’s selections represent the vast creativity that dominated the staggering 841 entries we received — the most in the programme’s history,” said Magali Simard, Short Cuts Canada programmer.
The Toronto International Film Festival® unveils a strong lineup of Canadian films including new works by acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Xavier Dolan, Sturla Gunnarsson, Ruba Nadda, Jacob Tierney and Denys Arcand, and an impressive number of first-time feature filmmakers. Jam-packed with compelling works ranging from thrillers and comedies to romances and musicals, this year’s Canadian offerings promise to entertain, inspire and move audiences.
“These are filmmakers at the top of their craft, bringing fresh perspectives to traditional genres like comedies and less traditionally Canadian genres, such as musicals,” said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF. “This year’s slate truly showcases the diversity of talent in our country, featuring films from coast to coast.”
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
A jury presided over by Italian actor and director Serge Castellitto
Claude Lelouch will present «Salaud, on t’aime» as opening film
Hippolyte Girardot will present «Aimer, boire, chanter» as closing night film as a posthumous tribute to Alain Resnais
A tribute to Michael J. Werner, President of Fortissimo
The 38th Montreal World Film Festival is dedicated to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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.”