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    iW NEWS | Niv Fichman Receives CFPTA Producers Award

    Industry Initatives at the Toronto International Film Festival and the Canadian Film and Television Production Association announced that Niv Fichman is the recipient of the second annual CFTPA Producer's Award with a $10,000 CAD cash prize. Fichman has produced over 200 documenataries, television s...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Shamim Sarif: "I think movie making is a bit like childbirth - when

    Throughout the 2007 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 '07 | Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto: An indieWIRE Insiders Guide

    Tens of thousands of people will converge upon Canada's largest city over the next ten days or so for one of the world's largest film events, socializing and networking all over town. indieWIRE surveyed a group of Toronto locals and insiders about their favorites places to eat, drink, shop and chill, including some of our own tips from indieWIRE staffer (and former Torontonian) Peter Knegt. The results of our informal, subjective survey follow. We invite readers and TIFF attendees alike to discuss, dispute and react to the suggestions offered. Comments and corrections are invited at the end of this article, so go for it. We'll take another lo...

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    iW NEWS | Addicott Named Assoc. Director Media Relations at Sundance Film Festival

    Brooks Barton Addicott has been named Associate Director, Media Relations for the Sundance Film Festival, the Sundance Institute announced Tuesday. Addicott will "develop and implement year-round stragegic media relations for the festival, its initiatives, filmmakers sponsors and its online and video content. Based in Park City, UT, she will also serve as the main point of contact both internally and outside the organization for all press activities related to the Sundance Film Festival and related projects. She replaces Patrick Hubley who worked at Sundance for the past five years who gone on to pursue other projects of his own, according to...

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    iW NEWS | Moby and Stanley Nelson on Tap for SXSW '08

    Looking ahead to its next edition in March, the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival (SXSW) have confirmed Moby and documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson to its slate of speakers, the fest announced over the weekend. Moby will participate in a session entitled "A Conversation with Moby," hosted and moderated by Doreen Ringer-Ross of BMI. The session, scheduled for Tuesday, March 11, will take a look at the musician's relationship with cinema including a look at "moby gratis," the musician's new endeavor to offer some of his music, free-of-charge, to independent filmmakers. Nelson filmmaker ("Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Te...

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    iW NEWS | Toronto Fest Names Bell Lightbox

    In announcing the new name for its home and headquarters as Bell Lightbox, the Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) said Monday that it has raised a total of $137 million towards the $196 million campaign to fund the new building, an endowment and ongoing operating money. TIFFG said Mon...

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    NYT: Cue the Film Awards Season and Strike a Somber Note

    Given the signals preceding next month's bellwether Toronto International Film Festival, party planners might want pick to up some black crepe to go with those red carpets in the movie awards season to come. A list of 20 gala presentations--announced Wednesday at a Toronto news conference introducin...

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    Reuters: Vedder to perform at movie premiere in Toronto

    Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will perform at the world premiere of the documentary "Body of War" at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. "Body of War," directed by talk show legend Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, chronicles the travails of Tomas Young, who was paralyzed by a bul...

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    TORONTO '07 | Fest Set With 349 Film Slate; Cowan Unveils Serious, Political 32nd TIFF

    349 films from 55 countries are set for the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers are revealing this morning in Canada. "There is a lot of soul-searching and a lot of extremely gifted, overwhelmingly passionate cinema in the festival this year, TIFF co-director Noah Cowan told indieWI...

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    iW NEWS | Toronto Adds Two Galas Among 73 Titles to Line up

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added 73 more titles to its line up, with two galas as well as special presentations, in addition to films added to the fest's Masters, Contemporary World Cinema, Visions and Vanguard sections. Alexi Tan's Taiwan/China/Hong Kong production "Blood Brothers," the story of three siblings who are lured to the crime world in 1930s Shanghai will screen as a gala as well as Indian director Rituparno Ghosh's "The Last Lear." The film, starring Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, follows veteran theater actor Harish Mishra (Bachchan) who becomes gravely ill. The star's director, Siddharth (Arjun Rampal), howe...

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