The Toronto International Film Festival is rounding up some 180 speakers from 80 countries for its annual industry conference and global summit (September 5 to 11). The headliner is cinema technology visionary Douglas Trumbull ("2001: A Space Odyssey"), the opening keynote speaker for the annual Asian Film Summit (September 9) is Legendary East’s Peter Loehr.
Filmmaker Michael Moore ("Fahrenheit 911") will do a keynote conversation at the Doc Conference moderated by TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers. The Doc Conference (September 9 and 10) offers an in-depth series of keynote sessions, panels and presentations on the current landscape of documentary production, financing and distribution. Moore is attending the Festival for the 25th anniversary of "Roger & Me."
New this year, programming on Thursday, September 11 will be dedicated to the future of cinema. In addition to 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).
Veteran film insiders lead the Talent Lab’s top emerging Canadian and international filmmakers in group discussions on the artistic side of filmmaking and sharpening creative practices. This year, Talent Lab participants will be guided by Governors Jim Stark, an American producer, and French director Claire Denis, among more participants to come.