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Toronto Completes 2012 Lineup With 40+ New Titles; Sets Doc Conference

Toronto Completes 2012 Lineup With 40+ New Titles; Sets Doc Conference

The Toronto International Film Festival has added over 40 titles to complete its mammoth and impressive 2012 lineup, which now stands at over 200 films.

The new editions includes films in the Discover and Masters sections, including North American premieres from world-renowned filmmakers Manoel de Oliveira, Michael Haneke, Olivier Assayas, Hong Sang-soo, Cristian Mungi, Bernardo Bertolucci and Abbas Kiarostami in the latter. The Master’s program will also include world premieres of new films by Michael Winterbottom, Goran Paskaljevic and Bernard Émond..

READ MORE: A complete list of all announced films in every program can be found here.

The Discovery program, meanwhile, will shine a spotlight on first and second feature films from up-and-coming filmmakers, with 27 feature films. The lineup showcases dynamic films by enterprising directors from around the world including Paraguay, France, Sweden, Estonia, Ivory Coast and Serbia.

“North American audiences have first found films like Athina Rachel Tsangari’s Attenberg and Steve McQueen’s Hunger in our Discovery programme,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “With another strong crop of films this year and two prizes specifically for Discovery filmmakers, Toronto continues to be a prime place for debut films.”

Films in the Discovery programme are eligible for two awards: the new Grolsch Film Works Discovery Award that honours a filmmaker in the Discovery programme for “their exceptional journey to date” and that includes a $10,000 cash prize to support the winner’s next project, and the juried International Federation of Film Critics Award (FIPRESCI

Finally, the festival also announced that the TIFF Docs Conference will return for its fourth year as “an intensive showcase for conversations with leaders in the documentary field, world premieres of new films and sneak previews of works-in-progress.” This year the conference expands from one to two days (September 10 and 11). Previously open only to TIFF Industry delegates, passes will be on sale to the public for the first time this year.

Attendees will hear from leaders in the world of docs including a keynote address from HBO Documentary Films’ Sheila Nevins, Ken Burns in conversation with Shola Lynch, and world premieres of docs from Jehane Noujaim and Mona Eldaief, and Paul Saltzman, as well sneak peeks from new films by Yung Chang and Patrick Reed.

“TIFF Docs Conference is an annual opportunity to engage with the doc filmmaking community,” said Thom Powers, lead documentary programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. “We wanted to open our home to growing audiences and industry delegates alike who share our passion for non-fiction filmmaking.”

“We’ve put a special emphasis on Canadian documentary filmmakers,” added Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “You’ll see Canada’s strong documentary heritage reflected in new work from veterans like Paul Saltzman and Peter Raymont, as well as newer doc stars like Montreal’s Yung Chang.”

Check out a full lineup for the TIFF Docs Conference on the next page, and the complete lineup for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival here.

TIFF Docs Conference Schedule

Monday, Sept 10
Keynote Conversation with Sheila Nevins
9:30 – 10:45 am
Sheila Nevins, the President of HBO Documentary Films, speaks on the topic of “How Far Can Documentaries Go?” in a conversation moderated by film critic John Anderson. Nevins makes her first trip to the Festival with two films that she executive produced: Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and First Comes Love.
Making History: A Conversation with Ken Burns and Shola Lynch

11 am – 12:15 pm
Acclaimed filmmakers Ken Burns (The Central Park Five) and Shola Lynch (Free Angela and All Political Prisoners) talk about directing historical documentaries in a conversation moderated by author and filmmaker Nelson George (Brooklyn Boheme).
The Fruit Hunters sneak preview

1 pm – 2:15 pm
Yung Chang (Up the Yangtzee; China Heavyweight) presents an exclusive sneak preview of selected scenes from his much-anticipated new film The Fruit Hunters, based on the best-selling book.
World Premiere of Rafea: Solar Mama

2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Egyptian-American filmmakers Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) and Mona Eldaief present the world premiere of Rafea:Solar Mama, a documentary that follows an illiterate mother from Jordan to the Barefoot College in India that trains impoverished women in technology for solar energy. The film is part of the ambitious Why Poverty? series coming this fall. After the film, the directors will take part in a conversation with commissioning editors Nick Fraser (BBC’s Storyville) and Mette Meyer Hoffman (DVTR / Denmark).

Tuesday, Sept 11
World Premiere of The Last White Knight
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Filmmaker Paul Saltzman (Prom Night in Missisissippi) presents the world premiere of his latest work The Last White Knight. A former civil rights worker and 1960s activist, Saltzman returns to Mississippi to meet a man who once attacked him — Byron “Delay” De La Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of murdering Medgar Evers — in this affecting documentary about racism, the South (new and old) and the possibilities of reconciliation.
Maximizing the Education Market

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Leading distributors who specialize in bringing documentaries to the educational market discuss how filmmakers can maximize opportunities in this area. Co-presented by DOC Toronto.
New Trends in Documentary Broadcasting

1:15 – 2:15 pm
Representatives from leading broadcast brands in North America discuss new initiatives for documentaries on their channels.
Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Director Patrick Reed (Triage), producer Peter Raymont and the general-turned-author and advocate Roméo Dallaire appear in person to present and discuss sections from their work-in-progress Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children.

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