Thursday, August 28, 2014

Additions announced for 2014 TIFF Industry

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.

A continuing partnership, Indiewire @ the Festival returns with a stellar line-up of guest speakers, including Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Bennett Miller of Foxcatcher; Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, and Damien Chazelle of Whiplash; Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld of The Keeping Room; Andrew Niccol and Ethan Hawke of Good Kill; and Jake Gyllenhaal of Nightcrawler.

New this year, a series of Industry Networking Sessions and Workshops (SPIN Sessions) will connect Canadian filmmakers with international delegations attending the Festival to gain knowledge and wisdom of film industry experts about topical issues. Confirmed guest speakers include independent film icon Ted Hope, Niv Fichman (Blindness, Enemy), Damon D’Oliveira (Book of Negroes), Christina Piovesan (Life, Regression) and Steven Markovitz (Beats of the Antonov).

For the full schedule, complete descriptions of the sessions and information on access to TIFF Industry programmes visit

Master Class with Barry Levinson
Co-Presented with Pinewood Studios Group and Directors Guild of Canada
This TIFF Industry Conference Master Class is co-presented with Pinewood Studios Group and Directors Guild of Canada and moderated by Pete Hammond of Deadline. Academy Award®-winning writer, director and producer Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, The Humbling) reflects on a fantastical career and shares a bounty of wisdom and experience on many beloved films and little-known facts about his extensive filmography.

State of the Industry
Catalina Briceno (Canada Media Fund) presents the State of Digital Media, joining fellow industry experts in discussions on film financing, co-production, distribution, marketing, and the future of cinema. John Hadity (Entertainment Partners Financial Solutions) will moderate State Of Financing and film critic Elvis Mitchell will moderate State of Marketing.

Additional presenting Moguls include:

Oren Moverman
Acclaimed director Oren Moverman unpacks the creative process in his latest Toronto International Film Festival selected film, Time Out of Mind, focusing on aesthetic principles and mastery of the craft.

Terry Press
Terry Press, head of CBS Films, takes delegates for an intimate deep-dive into the strategy of deciding what we see, when, and how.

David Linde (The Rover) will moderate Moguls: Finance with Claudia Bluemhuber.

Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre

Vimeo Lab Sessions: The Filmmaker’s Guide to the (Distribution) Galaxy
In an exciting new TIFF Industry partnership with Vimeo, these highly interactive and exclusive workshop sessions at the Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre are available only by invitation. Speakers include:
● Jeremy Boxer, Vimeo
● Peter Gerard, Vimeo
● John Sloss, Cinetic Media
● Ted Hope, Fandor

SPIN Sessions
Held in the Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre, SPIN Sessions connect Canadian filmmakers with international delegations attending the Festival to gain knowledge and wisdom of film industry experts about topical issues. Sessions include:

Canada Meets South Africa
Experienced Canadian and South African producers discuss tax and co-production incentives available in both countries and perspectives on working outside their respective home countries. Speakers include:
● Dave Forget, Telefilm Canada
● Pascale Schmitz, Department of Trade and Industry, South Africa
● Damon D'Oliveira, Book of Negroes
● Steven Markovitz, Beats of Antonov

Accessing International Funding and Tax Incentives
Available to select Canadian filmmakers and producers in the official delegation from China Film Promotion International, this session breaks down funding opportunities for international producers in Europe, the UK and other territories. Speakers include:
● Valerie Mouroux, Institut Francais
● Julien Ezanno, CNC
● David Shepheard, Film London

Role of the Creative Producer
This session for select Canadian filmmakers and producers in the official delegation from the Korean Film Council is an exclusive opportunity to learn from one of the most forward-thinking and progressive producers in the business. Iconic film producer Ted Hope focuses on the various roles of producers in today's independent film world and the need for adaptability.
● Dave Forget, Telefilm Canada
● Ted Hope, Fandor

Canada Meets Brazil
Open to select Canadian filmmakers and to producers and filmmakers in the official delegation from Cinema do Brasil, this session provides an overview of the demands and opportunities of international co-productions for today's independent productions, ending with the signing of an official memorandum between the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the Rio Film Commission. Guest speakers include:
● Karen Thorne-Stone, Ontario Media Development Corporation
● Steve Solot, Rio Film Commission
● Christina Piovesan, Life, Regression
● Niv Fichman, Blindness, Enemy

Vimeo Short Cuts Channel
Also included in the Festival’s exciting new partnership with Vimeo, select Short Cuts Canada and Short Cuts International films will be screened on a custom Vimeo channel 24 hours after its in-cinema premiere, extending Festival short film audiences to the passionate Vimeo community of over 170 million viewers.

Producers Lab Toronto
Ten producers each from Europe and Canada and four participants coming from Australia and New Zealand will meet at the Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre to exchange ideas and information on funding and co-production on both sides of the Atlantic and Down Under in the fifth edition of Producers Lab Toronto.

Asian Film Summit
This year’s Asian Film Summit Master Class will provide participants with the opportunity to get up close and personal with renowned Chinese director Ning Hao (Breakup Buddies). Ning Hao will discuss his career in film and his perception of the growth of the Chinese industry and Chinese filmmakers in particular in a moderated conversation.

Talent Lab and TIFF Rising Stars
Talent Lab, TIFF Industry’s intensive workshop programme for emerging filmmakers, has added Juliette Binoche (Clouds of Sils Maria) and Lone Sherfig (The Riot Club) to its slate of speakers. This year’s TIFF Rising Stars will receive mentoring from renowned directors including Philippe Falardeau (Monsieur Lazhar, The Good Lie), Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time, October Gale), Debbie Tucker Green (Second Coming), and Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart, Time out of Mind). In addition, the Stars will receive professional training from some of the leading casting directors in North America, made possible through a new partnership with the Casting Society of America. Confirmed speakers include Monika Mikkelsen (Paramount Pictures), Paul Schnee and Kerry Barden (Barden/Schnee Casting), Matthew Lessall (Lessall Casting), Terri Taylor (Blumhouse Productions), Heidi Levitt (Heidi Levitt Casting) and Sharon Bialy (Bialy Thomas & Associate).

Industry Dialogues

Creating Resonance: Stories and Realities of Diversity in the Film Industry
Karen Lunder of FilmNation joins the panel of industry experts in this discussion on gender representation and diversity in the film industry.

Pitching a Tentpole
Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, (Grace of Monaco) and Nik Bower (Ingenious) join this panel of film executives discussing how investors and financiers make their decisions on what to fund and how to fund it.

Spotlight: South Korea
Eun Lee has just been added the panel discussion about South Korea’s global positioning as a gateway to co-production with Asia, and critical acclaim in both the international festival circuit and in exportable markets, which will be moderated by Anita Lee (National Film Board of Canada).

Beyond the Screen: Futures Made Of Virtual Reality
Jade Raymond (Ubisoft), Ariel Garten (Interaxon) and James Stewart (Geneva Films) are new additions to this examination of the possibilities and realities of virtual reality, and the technology’s transportability across content genres.

What’s Up With All These Multimedia Corporations Investing In Content?!?!
Col Needham (IMDB) and Duncan Stewart (Deloitte) join this exploration of the strategic partnerships between content, technology, entertainment, and investment, how and why these worlds collide, the impact of greater investment from multimedia companies on content, the role of ad sales strategy, and the influence of data points collected through advertising on future content partnerships.

Ad Infinitum: High Frame Rate Projection
Scott Feinberg of The Hollywood Reporter will moderate this presentation of visionary effects artist Douglas Trumbull and leading cinema projector manufacturer Christie®’s groundbreaking film project UFOTOG.

Additional Industry Programming and Initiatives

Lightning Rounds
Claudia Triana (Proimagenes Colombia) and Bimal Julka (Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, India) will present their 15-minute sparks of wisdom on opportunities to co-produce or shoot on location in Colombia and India.

Onsite registration opens on September 2nd. For more information visit:

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 4 to 14, 2014.

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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

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