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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "The Stoning of Soraya M" Director Cyrus Nowrasteh

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    iW NEWS | Finalists Selected For CFTPA Prize

    The shortlist for the 3rd Annual CFTPA Feature Film Producer's Award were announced by last year's recipient and this year's jury chair, Niv Finhman. The award honors Canadian producers with work screening at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival. This year's nominees are Dean English ("Ediso...

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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Lymelife" Director Derick Martini

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Medicine For Melancholy" Director Barry Jenkins

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | Toronto Co-Director Cameron Bailey

    With his first slate of programming as co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival announced this morning, Cameron Bailey can take a quick breather before the 33rd edition of the festival begins two weeks from Thursday. "Now that we actually have the selection done and out there in public its just a huge, huge feeling of gratification," Bailey said in an interview with indieWIRE this afternoon. A longtime international programmer for the festival, Bailey was appointed co-director last December when his predecessor Noah Cowan was named Artistic Director of Bell Lightbox, the multi-million dollar festival center now under construct...

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    Bay Area Blockbuster: SF Film Society Plans Expansion as Film Arts Foundation Closes Its Doors

    In a seismic shift within the Bay Area film community, the San Francisco Film Society (SFFS), which organizes the annual San Francisco International Film Fesival -- the oldest fest in the United States -- today unveiled a major expansion in the wake of the simultaneous announcement of the closure of the city's 32 year old Film Arts Foundation. The latest non-profit film organization to face fatal financial challenges, Film Arts recently sold its interest in the local 9th Street building it shared with a number of festivals and arts organizations, paying down its debts in the process and paving the way for a deal with the Film Society. "Film ...

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    TORONTO '08 | 249 Features for 33rd TIFF; 61 From First-Timers

    The balance of the lineup for the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival, set for September 4 - 13, 2008 in Canada, has been announced. A total of 249 feature films are on tap for the event, 76% of which are either world, international or North American premieres. 61 films mark a filmmaker's featu...

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    iW NEWS | Toronto To Present "Future Projections"

    The Toronto International Film Festival announced its plans for this year's Future Projections program, comprised of seven installation-based works with "inspired connections to the history and the culture of cinema." Presented outside the cinema space and throughout Toronto, Future Projections will include an array of moving-image talent, visual artists Glenn Ligon, Margaux Williamson and Samuel Chow, multidisciplinary artist Clive Holden and Marco Brambilla, and film directors Srinivas Krishna and Philip Haas. The seven installations will be offered as free, non-ticketed events. "With Future Projections 2008 we are continuing to explore ne...

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    IW NEWS | Toronto Adds Titles To Vanguard, Visions Programs

    In addition to completing its Discovery section, the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival also announced eleven feature films joining their Vanguard and Visions programmes. "Visions and Vanguard films both push boundaries - Visions for form, Vanguard for content," said festival Co-Director Cameron Bailey in a statement. "We find TIFF audiences love a new challenge; this is where to find it." The six films added to Vanguard are Gilles Bourdos' "Afterwards," Antti-Jussi Annila's "Sauna," Uro Stojanovi's "Tears for Sale," Thomas Woschitz's "Universalove," Marco Pontecorvo's "PA-RA-DA" and Lance Daly's "Kisses." The five Visions titles are S...

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    TORONTO '08 | Spotlighting New Talent: 26 Films Set for TIFF's Discovery Section

    After announcing their Special Presentations yesterday, the program for the 33rd Annual Toronto International Film Festival continued to come together today with the remaining 19 films in the Discovery program. Nineteen feature films from 18 countries complete the program's lineup. They join the previously announced 7 films as those eligible for the Diesel Discovery Award, chosen by the Festival press corps which consists of over 1000 accredited media from around the world. "Discovery is the place at TIFF to find this year's most exciting debuts in cinema," said festival Co-Director Cameron Bailey in a statement. "This is your one-stop sho...

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