Monday, August 13, 2012

TIFF Asian Film Summit announces guests and programming


Harvey Weinstein to MC Summit Banquet on Monday, September 10

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced additional details for the TIFF Asian Film Summit, including an international guest list of notable industry experts and specialists as well as programming that explores the relationship between East and West. Harvey Weinstein, Co-Chairman of The Weinstein Company, will act as master of ceremonies for the closing banquet. Previously announced guests include international star, producer and director Jackie Chan who will attend the Summit as guest of honour and Senator Chris Dodd, chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). The TIFF Asian Film Summit will take place on Monday, September 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto.

“The TIFF Asian Film Summit is an event we’ve been working on for a long time and we’re thrilled to see it come to life this year,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “We’ve received tremendous support and interest from the industry and we’re confident this event will help foster deeper relationships and generate new business opportunities between key film players in the East and West. And as Canada reaches out across the Pacific, we’re glad to have officials such as Telefilm Canada’s Executive Director Carolle Brabant and Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Karen Thorne-Stone join us for the Summit.”

“In a year when our Opening Night Gala Looper is a US-China co-production, we’re pleased to provide a platform in Toronto for industry leaders in both Asia and the West to get to know one another better. It will be an honour to be in the room as people like Senator Dodd, Ashok Amritraj, Bill Kong, Mira Nair and Stuart Ford share ideas with Summit delegates,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “And I can’t wait for the banquet that ends the day. With Jackie Chan as guest of honour and Harvey Weinstein as MC, it will be a night to remember.”

“This is another great example of TIFF bringing the world to Toronto and showing Toronto to the world,” said Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Greater Toronto Area. “Our government works hard to foster and strengthen our relationship with the dynamic emerging economies of Asia, and it is great to see TIFF doing so as well.”

The Summit’s programming will include: a discussion on film policy featuring Senator Chris Dodd, chairman of Motion Picture Association of America; a dialogue on film financing featuring Bruno Wu of the Seven Stars Entertainment, Stuart Ford of IM Global and Kenneth Tan from Media Development Authority Singapore; a global talent panel featuring ICM’s David Unger, Echelon’s Andrew Ooi and Loeb & Loeb’s Stephen Saltzman; a discussion on production with Ellen Eliasoph, Village Roadshow Asia, Jeffrey Chan of Bona Film Group, Isabelle Glachant (11 Flowers) and Lemore Syvan (Man of Tai Chi); a panel on Japanese culture with Kayo Yoshida of Asmik Ace Entertainment; an exclusive conversation with Ashok Amritraj of Hyde Park Entertainment; a exploration on sales with Kini Kim of CJ Entertainment, Etchie Stroh from Moonstone Entertainment  andMichael Werner of Fortissimo Films; a study on genre films with Bill Kong of Edko Films, filmmaker Eli Roth, Tom Quinn from Radius-TWC, and Stephen Fung from Diversion Pictures; a panel on exhibition with Ellis Jacob  of Cineplex Entertainment,Larry O’Reilly of IMAX and Ivy Zhong of Beijing Galloping Horse; and a focus on India: Bollywood & the Independents that will hear from Shailja Gupta, Red Chillies, Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap Films and Mira Nair (The Reluctant Fundamentalist).

Panel moderators at the Summit will include Patrick Frater from Film Business Asia, Zaib Shaikh from Governor Films, Wendy Mitchell from Screen International, Mike Goodridge from Protagonist Pictures, Peter Howell from the Toronto Star, Jason Grayfrom Screen International, Meenakshi SheddeSean Farnel and TIFF’s very own Cameron Bailey and Colin Geddes.

Further information on guests and programming will continue to be announced in 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 are currently on sale, visit for more information.

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 $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

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