A list of special guests confirmed for the 2015 TIFF Industry Conference has been unveiled. The seven-day conference will feature 200 speakers and will include
intimate conversations with industry powerhouse Gigi Pritzker and financing mogul Nicolas Chartier. Also as part of the program an Asian Film Summit Master Class with acclaimed
filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke will take place. Actor, writer and producer Bill Hader and award-winning director Asif Kapadia will present at the Doc Conference.
about the participation of these vanguards of the film industry in this year’s programming,” said Kathleen Drumm, Director, TIFF Industry Office. “By
providing the opportunity for a global audience to gain the valuable insights of 200 leaders in the industry, we look to inspire innovation and bridge the
connection between the art and business of content.”
From September 11 to 17, TIFF Industry Conference will present the following essential topics:
-Friday, September 11 – Creative Process
-Saturday, September 12 – Financing and Co-Production
-Sunday, September 13 – Marketing
-Monday, September 14 –
Distribution and Sales
-Tuesday, September 15 – Asian Film Summit
-Wednesday, September 16 – Doc Conference
-Thursday, September 17 – Future of Content
TIFF Industry Conference
Running from September 11 to 17, the Festival Industry Conference is an incomparable professional development opportunity for
registered delegates. The Conference will focus on a wide array of essential topics, from the creative process, financing and co-production, to marketing,
distribution and the future of content. In addition to Gigi Pritzker (OddLot Entertainment) and Nicolas Chartier (Voltage Pictures), confirmed speakers
include Mike Goodridge (Protagonist Pictures), Claudia Landsberger (BaseWorx For Film) and John Fithian (National Association of Theatre Owners). A new
series in this year’s program is Upfront — no-holds barred conversations on the most topical issues in the industry.
Asian Film Summit
The Asian Film
Summit returns to TIFF Industry programming on September 15, and for the first time will take place at The Glenn Gould Studio. The Summit is a key element
of the Festival’s ongoing commitment to build bridges between Asian cinema and the West, and features an international guest list of industry experts and
programming that explores the East-West relationship. The Asian Film Summit will include a Master Class with director Jia Zhangke.
Newly integrated into the TIFF Industry Conference, the popular Doc Conference is now a full day of keynote
sessions and presentations on the current landscape of documentary production, financing and distribution, and
takes place on September 16. Featured guests include actor, writer and producer Bill Hader, who will discuss his
highly anticipated new series, Documentary Now; award-winning documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia (“Amy”); director Avi Lewis, and journalist and writer Naomi Klein, who will speak about outreach and building an audience
for documentary film.