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Toronto International Film Festival Adds Industry Speakers from Bill Hader to Jia Zhangke

Toronto International Film Festival Adds Industry Speakers from Bill Hader to Jia Zhangke

The seven-day TIFF conference will also feature intimate conversations with producers Gigi Pritzger (OddLot Entertainment) and Nicolas Chartier (Voltage Pictures)  and an Asian Film Summit Master Class with filmmaker Jia Zhangke. Actor-writer-producer Bill Hader (“Trainwreck”) and documentary director Asif Kapadia (“Amy”) will present at the Doc Conference.

Running from September 11 to 17, the Festival’s Industry Conference offers registered delegates panels and conversations on a wide array of topics, from the creative process, financing and co-production, to marketing, distribution and the future of content. Confirmed speakers also include Mike Goodridge (Protagonist Pictures), Claudia Landsberger (BaseWorx For Film) and John Fithian (National Association of Theatre Owners). This year’s Summit introduces new series Upfront, with no-holds barred conversations on the most controversial and timely issues in the industry.

Now integrated into the TIFF Industry Conference, the Doc Conference (September 16) offers a full day of keynote sessions and presentations on the current landscape of documentary production, financing and distribution. Hader will discuss his new series, “Documentary Now”; Kapadia, director Avi Lewis and journalist Naomi Klein will speak about outreach and building an audience for documentary film.
From September 11 to 17, TIFF Industry Conference will present the following topics:

Friday, September 11 – Creative Process
Saturday, September 12 – Financing and Co-Production
Sunday, September 13 – Marketing
Monday, September 14 – Distribution and Sales
Tuesday, September 15 – Asian Film Summit
Wednesday, September 16 – Doc Conference
Thursday, September 17 – Future of Content
The Asian Film Summit opens on September 15 for the first time at the Glenn Gould Studio as industry experts and programs explore the East-West relationship. The Asian Film Summit will include a Master Class with director Jia Zhang-ke. 

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