"From new cinema technologies to Video on Demand, from marketing indie films to microbudgeting and creative distribution, many of this year’s panel discussion topics were crowd sourced from attending industry delegates from around the world," the festival explained in their press release. "A predominant theme in this year’s programming is the increasing impact and influence of digital technologies, and their ability to transform and multiply the opportunities available to filmmakers, from crowdfunding for independent films to increasing the distribution of African cinema."
Panel participants include Gale Anne Hurd, executive producer of The Walking Dead, Ira Deutchman, Managing Partner of Emerging Pictures, Founder and CEO of BOND Strategy and Influence Marc Schiller, independent filmmaker Edward Burns, Academy Award-winner Gareth Unwin, producer of The King’s Speech, Dolby’s Stuart Bowling, IMAX’s Mark Welton, Cineplex’s Dan McGrath and writer/director/experience designer Lance Weiler.
A rundown of the programming is below:
Filmmakers’ Lounge, located in the TIFF Industry Centre on the Mezzanine level of the Hyatt Regency Hotel, is a meeting space for Festival filmmakers and industry professionals. Filmmakers’ Lounge is the site for panels and industry sessions, as well as a place to meet, work or take a break. The Lounge features free WIFI and a variety of meeting spaces, not to mention a daily Happy Hour (September 7 to 11 from 5 pm to 6 pm). Filmmakers’ Lounge is open to all Festival delegates and runs from Thursday, September 6 through Friday, September 14, from 9 am until 7 pm, and 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday, September 15.
Master Class is a learning series that gives emerging filmmakers, students and industry delegates a chance to take lessons from veteran international filmmakers or producers. Master Class will take place in TIFF Bell Lightbox and is open to all Sales & Industry, Guest and Press delegates.
In an intimate interview with TIFF Cinematheque Programmer, Brad Deane, ardent cinephile and acclaimed auteur Olivier Assayas discusses his favourite films and key influences, reflects on clips from his past work, analyses his principles and politics, and engages in an in-depth discussion of his latest film, Something in the Air.
This series of intimate, one-on-one sessions with some of the most powerful and influential movers and shakers of the film world offers a rare opportunity to get up close and personal. Gain insight into the inner workings of the creative and business minds that help shape the industry. Moguls sessions will take place in the Filmmakers’ Lounge and are open to all Sales & Industry, Guest and Press delegates.
Moguls sessions include:
Tessa Ross, Film4’s head of film and drama, is considered by many to be the godmother of contemporary British cinema. With films like Billy Elliot, In Bruges, Happy-Go-Lucky, Submarine, Hunger, This is England, Four Lions, Attack the Block and Slumdog Millionaire to her credit, it’s easy to see why. She is admired for her enviable ability to spot appealing stories, develop projects from the ground up, and nurture internationally acclaimed talent – all on a $13 million annual budget. Join Indiewire’s Anne Thompson in conversation with one of the world’s leading film executives.
In only four short years, FilmNation founder and CEO Glen Basner has built his fledgling sales company into a film industry powerhouse. With four films in this year’s Festival (Looper, Midnight’s Children, Aftershock, To the Wonder) and a slate of titles that have grossed more than $1 billion worldwide in the last year and a half, the veteran international film executive sits down with Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming to discuss FilmNation’s versatile and innovative approach.
One of world cinema’s leading independent producers, Academy Award®-winner Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, Kon-Tiki) has created a highly diverse body of work, including artistic and commercial successes by some of cinema’s leading auteurs. His production shingle, Recorded Picture Company, and his leading international sales, distribution and marketing company, Hanway Films, are both a testament to his fiercely independent spirit and entrepreneurial passion. Join us for a journey through his adventurous career.
Industry Dialogues is a speaker series examining the current state of the film industry and the craft of filmmaking. Industry Dialogues are open to all Sales & Industry, Press and Guest Relations Pass holders and run from September 7 to 13 in the Filmmakers’ Lounge.
Industry Dialogues include:
Keynote Address: Back to the Drawing Board: Digital Cinema and Film History
Renowned film scholar and historian David Bordwell (the Jacques Ledoux Professor of Film Studies, Emeritus in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) addresses how filmmaking, film distribution, and film viewing have been affected by the conversion of theatres to digital projection.
It's Easy Being Green: Simple Steps to Greening Your Production
Presented in partnership with the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival
Learn efficient, economical and socially responsible ways to make your film production more environmentally sustainable. Moderator: Melissa Felder — Program Lead/Consultant, Green Screen Toronto Avi Federgreen — Founder, Federgreen Entertainment, Indiecan Entertainment; producer, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical Gale Anne Hurd — CEO, Valhalla Motion Pictures; producer, The Walking Dead, Armageddon, Aliens Lydia Dean Pilcher — Chair, PGA Green East; producer, The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Board Member for The New York Production Alliance
Case Studies: International Co-Productions
Learn the benefits of playing well with others in this informative and insightful crash course on co-productions moderated by Mark Musselman, Executive Producer, Serendipity Point Films.
Case studies include: Lore (Australia, UK, Denmark) with producer Liz Watts Zaytoun (UK, Israel, France) with Academy Award-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King’s Speech)
Case Studies: The Art of the Screenplay
From conception to composition to collaboration, learn how the ins and outs of the creative process shaped some of this year's stellar screenplays. Moderator: Franklin Leonard — Creator, Blacklist.com and Vice-President, Overbrook Entertainment
Bigger, Brighter, Better: Enhancing the Cinema Experience
The principal players in film exhibition discuss how changes in cinema technologies will soon revolutionize the movie-going experience. Stuart Bowling — Senior Manager of Worldwide Technical Marketing, Dolby Dr. Paul Salvini — Chief Technology Officer,Christie Mark Welton — President, IMAX Theatres Dan McGrath — Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex Entertainment Moderator: John Helliker, Founder & Director of Sheridan College’s SIRT Centre
The Social Network: Marketing Indie Films Online
Be one of the cool kids — the kind who go on to rule the world with their media savvy, technological know-how — by learning how to master the medium and the message when marketing your film online. Marc Schiller — Founder and CEO, BOND Strategy and Influence Moderator: Ira Deutchman — Managing Partner of Emerging Pictures; Professor of Professional Practice in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he is the Chair of the Film Program; Founder of Fine Line Features; Co-Founder of Cinecom
VoD Killed the DVD Star: The Future of Independent Distribution
Video on demand is poised to replace DVD and theatrical as the main distribution channel for independent films. Learn how to properly position your film in the marketplace and maximize the potential of this burgeoning platform. Phillip Knatchbull — CEO, Curzon Artificial Eye Edward Burns — director, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas Tom Quinn — Weinstein Company
Creative Distribution: Thinking Outside the Four Walls
From hybrid distribution to semi-theatrical releasing and theatrical-on-demand, learn about the latest, innovative ways to get your film to an audience. Pablo Gonzalez — COO, Tugg Janet Brown — CEO, Cinetic Rights Management / Film Buff Evan Husney — Director of Acquisitions, Drafthouse Films Moderator: Jeremy Kay — US Editor, Screen Daily
Alternative Africa: Filmmakers in Markets Without Infrastructure
Making films and getting them seen is hard. Doing it in countries with virtually non-existent film industries is harder. Find out how these innovative artists and enterprising entrepreneurs are getting it done. Aziz Cissé — director, The Walls of Dakar Enrico Chiesa — Head of AfricaFilms.tv Joslyn Barnes — Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Louverture Films Helen Kuun — Head of Content, Acquisitions & Strategy, Indigenous Film Distribution Moderator: Jean-Michel Frodon — journalist, Slate
Microbudgeting: Doing More With Less Turn a funding shortfall into a creative surplus by learning from the experts how to make the most of a shoestring budget. Katriel Schory — Executive Director, Israel Film Fund Atif Ghani — Producer, Ill Manors Karine Martin -— President, Mediabiz International Avi Federgreen — Founder, Federgreen Entertainment, Indiecan Entertainment; producer, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical Moderator: John Galway — President, Astral's Harold Greenberg Fund
Transmedia: Storytelling Without Boundaries
TIFF Studio launches with an in-depth discussion on cross-platform content, featuring filmmakers on the forefront of transmedia. Mahyad Tousi — Co-Founder and CEO, Boomgen Studios Lance Weiler — Writer, Director & Experience Designer for Film, TV, and Games Caitlin Burns — Transmedia Producer and Editorial Lead, Starlight Runner Entertainment
Yours to Discover: Fantastic First-Time Feature Directors
Join Screen International's Wendy Mitchell for an intimate and insightful discussion with some of this year's most promising debut directors. Catriona McKenzie — filmmaker, Satellite Boy Gabriela Pichler — filmmaker, Eat Sleep Die Moderator: Wendy Mitchell — editor, Screen Daily
Sourcing the Funds, Funding the Source: The New Age of Crowdfunding
Crowdfunding, crowdsourcing — two sides of the same coin. Learn how to finance your film and build your audience, all at the same time. Elisabeth Holm — director, Film Program, Kickstarter Guneet Monga — producer, Peddlers, Monsoon Shootout, Gangs of Wasseypur Lynette Howell — producer, The Place Beyond the Pines
Moderator: Scott Roxborough — journalist, The Hollywood Reporter
Bullocks to Bollywood! Today's hottest Indie-an filmmakers trumpet the DIY aesthetic and the merits of Mumbai. Manjeet Singh — director, Mumbai Cha Raja Vasan Bala — director, Peddlers Ashim Ahluwalia — director, Miss Lovely Guneet Monga — producer, Peddlers, Monsoon Shootout, Gangs Of Wasseypur Moderator: Patrick Frater — journalist, Film Busines Asia
TIFF Nexus: Renga and the Future of Interactive Cinema
Renga is being hailed as a breakthrough in cinematic interactivity. Go behind the scenes with the creators and join in on a live 100-player game using laser pointers! Adam Russell — Co-founder, wallFour John Sear — Co-founder wallFour
Additional panelists and moderators will be confirmed in coming weeks.
The critically acclaimed TIFF Nexus series — where the worlds of Film, Gaming and New Media converge — presents Renga, an interactive cinematic game experience, as well as a mini-arcade of games conceived during the Nexus “creative jam” series. Supported by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and several programming partners, TIFF Nexus has blossomed into a popular series of interactive media conferences, creative jams and hands-on technology workshops uniting a range of industry, academic and community partners across diverse sectors.
In addition to the TIFF Nexus: Renga and the Future of Interactive Cinema Industry Dialogue, TIFF Nexus initiatives taking place during the Festival include:
The world’s first 100-player co-op laser game, Renga is about finding a way home: ambushed and left for dead in deep space, the audience must build a ship, confront their nemesis and journey home. A breakthrough in big-screen interaction, Renga turns massively-multi-player on its head, challenging the crowd to collaborate to form teams and share controllers in this heart-racing mash-up where arcade game-play meets feature-length adventure.
TIFF Nexus Mini-Arcade
Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John Street, Toronto
Open daily from September 7 to 15, 7:30 am – 9:30 pm
Videogame developers, filmmakers, artists, interactive designers and hackers of all kinds came together during the TIFF Nexus creative jams to explore cross-sector innovation among select themes. The mini-arcade is free to the public. For information on the concepts, their creators and presentation times, visit tiffnexus.net.
ADDITIONAL INDUSTRY PROGRAMMING AND INITIATIVES
indieWIRE @ Filmmakers' Lounge September 8 to 11 4 pm – 5 pm indieWIRE’s popular Q&A sessions with some of the most notable actors and directors at the Toronto International Film Festival return to Filmmakers’ Lounge.
Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch Filmmakers’ Lounge, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Toronto Telefilm Canada’s Talent To Watch sessions promise to be a lively, insightful and surprising look at why Canadian cinema is applauded around the world.
Class Of 2012: Canadian Directors To Watch The future of Canadian cinema is here and it is now: meet the young directors – emerging onto screens at home and abroad – and hear how they got here and where they intend to go.
First We Take Manhattan: Canadian Films In The U.S An increasing number of Canadian films are being enjoyed by American audiences and traction for our talent is increasing south of the border. This panel will address the opportunities and realities of the US market for our films.
Looking At The World: Canadian Cinema Beyond Its Borders From tales of Canadians in settings far from home, to new narratives emerging from our endlessly evolving cultural realities, our stories – both in what they are telling and how they are told – resonate beyond our borders.
Not Short On Talent The Toronto International Film Festival’s inspired and audacious selection of shorts is the focus of this session featuring Canadian directors revealing that they are so… Not Short On Talent.
A complete list of all announced films in every program can be found here.