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Celebrating 17 Years of Film.Biz.Fans.
by Dana Harris
September 16, 2013 11:04 AM
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PHOTO GALLERY: Jason Bateman, Scarlett Johansson and More Toronto Film Festival Stars, In Their Own Words

Indiewire has covered the Toronto Film Festival for nearly two decades, but TIFF 2013 was a first for us: We teamed with Movies on Demand and photographer Daniel Bergeron to create original portraits and video interviews from some of the festival's best actors, filmmakers and other luminaries. 

It was the first time, but it definitely won't be the last; this team is planning to do more photos and videos in the months ahead. You'll see the results throughout the upcoming awards season, but for now we wanted to wrap up our TIFF 2013 coverage with a gallery in which directors and actors discuss advice for aspiring filmmakers and actors.

Thanks, TIFF, for another great year. And now, here's Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth, Dakota Fanning, Amma Asante, Scarlett Johansson and many more. 

Daniel Bergeron

Denis Villeneuve, Director, "Enemy" and "Prisoners" 

"Go home and work. I don't believe in the film festival tour. Myself, I believe that when you go to a film festival it's when you have to show something. I'm a super-bad businessman. My advice is cinema is something you do, it's not something you talk about. I;m a filmmaker. You need to do things. You need to go in your basement, write a screenplay and shoot it. Nowadays, the new generation is so lucky. When I was young, you needed to invest thousands of dollars to buy 16mm film. You ruined yourself before you could shoot a movie. Today you can shoot a movie with $20. It's like, shoot. Don't talk." 

READ MORE: TIFF Review: Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy’ Starring Jake Gyllenhaal Is A Haunting Look At Our Dark Desires

READ MORE: Telluride Film Festival Review: Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal Carry Denis Villeneuve's Tense Kidnapping Drama 'Prisoners'

Next up: "You have to have the nerve and confidence to do it."


  • Colin | September 16, 2013 4:00 PMReply

    It's lovely seeing 2 french-canadian directors getting more exposure south of the border.

  • hm | September 16, 2013 11:55 AMReply

    Good on indiewire for supporting such indie filmmakers/actors!