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    Toronto Adds Arctic Doc, Childrens Program and Mozart Movies for Upcoming Fest

    Theirry Piantanido and Thierry Ragobert's "The White Planet" has been added as a gala presentation at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival. The film, made in collaboration with Jean Lemire, is a documentary that explores thte Arctic. In other fest news, organizers announed a new Sprockets Family Zone program, featuring moves for children, and also announced that they will present seven film commissioned for Vienna's upcoming New Crowned Hope Festival celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. Participating filmmakers include Bahman Ghobadi with "Half Moon", Apichatpong Weerasethakul with "Syndromes and a Century", Tsai M...

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    Toronto Fest Sets Industry Awards

    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the launch of the CFTPA Producer's Award, a juried prize honoring a producer with a film screening at the festival. The winner will receive a $10,000 CAD cash award. In a statement, Kelley Alexander, Director of Industry Initiatives, said, "The CFTPA created this Award to recognize the hard work and dedication that making films represents, and to encourage further success. The CFTPA Producer Award gives much deserved profile to producers in this country. Also on tap this year is the annual Telefilm Canada Pitch This! competition. Six finalists are vying for $10,000 CAD cash award to help ...

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    Toronto Fest Sets More Premieres

    Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have announced another crop of films set to screen at next month's event. World premieres will include Christopher Guest's "For Your Consideration," looking inside the film industry and awards season and featuring Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Coolidge, Rachael Harris, Jane Lynch, Jim Piddock, Parker Posey, John Michael Higgins and Ricky Gervais. Also on tap are the world premieres of Christsopher N. Rowley's "Bonneville" about three women on a cross country road trip (starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates...

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    Toronto Maps Out 20 Titles for 2006 Discovery Section for New Filmmakers

    Twenty films are set to screen in this year's Discovery program at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival, so far. Organizers unveiled 13 new films that will be seen in the section, joining the seven previously announced titles. The eleven year old section spotlights new filmmakers from around...

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    Toronto Fest Launches Vanguard Section; 11 Films Set So Far

    The Toronto International Film Festival will unveil a new Vanguard section at this year's festival, offering a program of films that "are stylistically bold, structurally playful and appeal to adventurous, risk-taking audiences." Announcing the new section today, organizers also unveiled a eleven of the films set to screen in the program. On tap so far are the world premieres of Geoffrey Wright's "Macbeth" (Australia), Pascal Arnold and Marc Barr's "Chacun Sa Nuit" (France), Antti-Jussi Annila's "Jade Warrior" (Finland/China/Estonia), and John Barker's "Bunny Chow" (South Africa). In a statement, festival co-director Noah Cowan said:"The Fest...

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    Toronto To Fete Doc "Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing" with Gala Screening

    Oscar-winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple ("American Dream") will screen her latest film, "Dixie Chicks - Shut Up and Sing" at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival. Co-directed by Cecilia Peck, the film will be presented as a Gala Presentation, and is the first time in 14 years that TIFF has screened a doc as a gala. On stage at a 2003 London concert Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan trio the Dixie Chicks, spoke these 15 words to a small audience at the start of their sold-out international tour: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the President of the United States is from Texas." The comment was delivered on the eve of the American in...

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    Music, Humor, War and Personal Struggle Among 22 Docs Unveiled for Toronto Fest

    The Toronto International Film Festival revealed 22 additional documentary films that will join five previously announced titles in the Real to Reel section at the 31st annual event. Thirteen films will screen as world premieres, while three each are international, North American and Canadian premieres. Docs making their world premiere in this year's Toronto fest, taking place September 7 - 16, include AJ Schnack's "Kurt Cobain About a Son" (US), Asger Leth's "Ghosts of Cite Soleil" (Denmark/Haiti/US), Macky Alston's "The Killer Within" (US), Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker's "The Prisoner Or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair" (Germany/US)...

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    Mann's "Rat Fink" Set for U.S. Release

    Abramorama has acquired Ron Mann's animated biopic "Tales of the Rat Fink," about Hot Rod Legend Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, creator of the anti-Mickey Mouse icon, Rat Fink. The film, featuring the voices of John Goodman, Jay Leno, Ann-Margret, and Brian Wilson, among others, had its world premiere earlier this year at SXSW and includes classic archival footage of the golden age of hot rods and the surf rock soundtrack of The Sadies. According to the announcement, Catherine Tait of Duopoly brokered the distribution deal between Ron Mann's Sphinx Productions and Abramorama, which released Mann's previous movies, "Grass" and "Go Further." "Tales of th...

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    10 Films Set for Toronto's Midnight Madness Section

    The world premiere of Larry Charles' "Borat: Cultural Leanings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Zazakhstan," featuring Sacha Baron Cohen's infamous character will lead the list of new films screening in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival. The program offers a mix of genre movies, including sci0fi, horror, comedy and docs. Organizers have unveiled a slate of ten midnight movies that will screen at the festival, including Jonathan King's "Black Sheep" from New Zealand, Jonathan Levine's "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane" from the U.S., the anthology "Trapped Ashes" by Joe Dante, Ken Russell, Sean C...

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    "Goodbye" Leads List of Indian Films Set For Toronto '06

    Karan Johar's "Never Say Goodbye" is among the new films from India that will debut at the 31st Toronto International Film Festival. The gala presentation at this year's fest is described as, "a passionate, sweeping love story that captures India's biggest stars and foremost talent with charm and sophistication. With New York as its backdrop, the film tackles the bonds of marriage with delightful touches of humor and grand le aps into romance." The film, from Dharma Productions, is distributed in North America by Yash Raj Films. Fest organizers also unveiled a group of other Indian titles set to screen at the fest, including Kabir Bhan's "K...

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