Every year the Toronto
International Film Festival runs an industry conference packed with panels and speakers. The TIFF Industry Conference covers the creative process, financing and co-Ppoduction, marketing, sales and distribution and the future of content. There will be day-long focused sessions for both the Asian
Film Summit and Doc Conference. All events are hosted from September 11 to 17 at the Glenn Gould Studio and CBC Conference Centre.
Indiewire TIFF Talks: our editorial team is currently booking a series of daily Q&A sessions with the key talent attending the festivals, which will be streamed live.
Morning State of the Industry Q & As:
Bianca Goodloe (Goodloe Law)
Lorenzo Soria (Hollywood Foreign Press Association)
Mike Goodridge (Protagonist Pictures)
Danny Gabai (Vice Media)
The Mogul Conversations:
Nicolas Chartier (Voltage Pictures)
Yu Dong (Bona Film Group)
The Master Class sessions:
Stephen Frears (“The Program”),
Nuri Bilge Ceylan (“Winter Sleep”)
Jia Zhang-ke (“Mountains May Depart”)
Industry Dialogues examine the changing creative and business landscape.
The Perfect Fit: Casting for Independent Film and TV:
Carmen Cuba (“The Martian”)
Paul Schnee (Barden/Schnee)
Richard Hicks (Casting Society of America)
Keith Simanton (IMDB) – Moderator
Mo’ Money, More Problems: How Big Budgets Differ Around the World:
Jill Gwen Braginets (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
John Fithian (National Association of Theatre Owners)
Al Munteanu (SquareOne Entertainment)
Erik Matti (Honor Thy Father)
How to Speak Finance-ese:
John Vandervelde (The Entertainment and Media Finance Group)
Emily Best (Seed&Spark)
Charles King (MACRO)
Tara Parker (Goodmans LLP)
Adam Leipzig (CreativeFutures) – Moderator
Financing Talent Discovery:
Deborah Sathe (Film London Microwave)
Doreen Boonekamp (Netherlands Film Fund)
Laura Michalchyshyn (Sundance Productions)
From Micro to Medio
Medium-Budget Bracket from $15 – $40 million:
Aaron L. Gilbert (Bron Studios)
Gareth Unwin (Kilo Two Bravo)
Robert Jones (Fyzz Facility)
Mimi Steinbauer (Radiant Films International)
Building a (Successful) Digital Marketing Campaign:
Zachary Soreff (Sawyer Studios)
Bonnie Voland (IM Global)
Keyvan Peymani (ICM Partners)
Recouping the Investment:
Lisa Bunnell (Landmark Theatres)
Logan Mulvey (Alchemy)
Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Fyzz Facility)
Kent Sanderson (Bleecker Street)
Brad Pelman (The Fremantle Corporation) – Moderator
How to Win at Digital Distribution:
Scilla Andreen (IndieFlix)
Michael Murphy (Gravitas Ventures)
Yolanda Macias (Cinedigm)
Eric Stein (Impact Global) – Moderator
Data-Driven Content Development and Show-Running:
Isabelle Glachant (Chinese Shadows)
Sarah Goodman (Porch Stories)
Michael Gottwald (High Maintenance)
Anadil Houssein (Dillywood)
Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche)
Claudia Landsberger (Baseworx for Film)
Sydney Levine (Sydney’s Buzz)
Keith Simanton (IMDB)
Eric Stein (Impact Global Media)
Evette Vargas (Digital Reign)
UPFRONT: GENDER IN MEDIA DISCOURSE
This inaugural series of no-holds-barred conversations around hot topics in the film industry will discuss the evolving role of gender equilibrium in media, financing female-led films and uncovering unconscious bias. Speakers in the series include:
Wendy Calhoun (Empire)
Gigi Pritzker (OddLot Entertainment)
Rina Fraticelli (Women in View)
Niija Kuykendall (Warner Bros Pictures)
Lydia Dean Pilcher (Cine Mosaic)
Melissa Silverstein (Indiewire)
Julie Ann Crommett and Daraiha Greene (Google) – Hosts
ASIAN FILM SUMMIT
This year’s Asian Film Summit continues to build bridges between Asian cinema and the West:
China-Hollywood Collaborations: The Future is Now:
Felice Bee (Huayi Brothers International Ltd.)
Jerry Ye (Wanda)
Clearing the Hurdles of the Chinese Film Industry: Censorship, Distribution and Exposure in the Chinese Film Industry: An Xiaofen (Desen International Media)
Andy Li (iQiyi)
TIFF Doc Conference features a full day of presentations and conversations on the current landscape of documentary
production, financing and distribution. Topics will explore the evolution of the creative and business aspects of documentary, starting the day with an intimate conversation with lauded documentary director Asif Kapadia (“Amy”) hosted by TFF documentary programmer Thom Powers.
Seven Awesome Tips for Selling Your Film Directly:
Jeremy Boxer (Vimeo) will discuss democratization of the digital age and distributing film, series, and video directly to an audience.
Do Docs Change Anything?
The team of Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein (“This Changes Everything”) discuss the role of documentaries
in creating social change with their multi-platform project’s Engagement Lead, Katie McKenna (Working Knowledge).
Dangerous Docs: Documentary vs. Journalism:
Angelica Das (Game Lab Center for Media & Social Impact at American University) shares wisdom from the groundbreaking study “Dangerous Documentaries: Reducing Risk when Telling Truth to Power” on facing rising challenges from governments and corporations.
The Year Kickstarter Broke $100 million for Documentaries:
Kickstarter’s Dan Schoenbrun and George Schmaltz will provide insights, stats, and strategies to illuminate best practices and innovation on the platform.
Finding the Money: A New Study on Documentary and Philanthropy:
Simon Kilmurry (International Documentary Association) speaks to Maria De Rosa and Marilyn Burgess (Communications MDR) about their new study on Philanthropy and Documentary, commissioned by Documentary Organization of Canada.
Your film Can Change the World… If the Right People See It:
Christie Marchese (Picture Motion), examines how to tell stories to create a movement and positively impact the world.
Documentary Now! with Bill Hader:
Bill Hader (“Trainwreck”) and director Rhys Thomas (“Documentary Now!”) talk about working on IFC’s new comedic doc series, and share an exclusive preview of the upcoming episode “Gentle & Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee.”
The Filmmaker Lounge,
a meeting space for industry professionals, boasts free WiFi and a variety of meeting spaces, and will be open September 10 to 17, from 9:30am to 6:30pm in the Glenn Gould Studio Lobby at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. West, Toronto.
Industry Happy Hours are held in the Glenn Gould Studio Lobby at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre, 250 Front St. West, September 11 to 16 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. The Industry Cocktail, held on September 17 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm will celebrate the close of another year.
Horizontal Case Study: “Spring”:
Taking one independent film from last year’s Official Selection, a panel will analyze that film’s creative, financing, marketing and distribution.
Justin Benson (“Spring”)
Aaron Moorhead (“Spring”)
Luca Legnani (“Spring”)
Nate Bolotin (XYZ Films)
Raffaella Delvecchio (Apulia Film Commission)
Janet Brown (FilmBuff)
Tim League (Drafthouse Films)
Short Cuts Connections:
Richard Abramowitz (Abramorama)
Sharon Badal (Tribeca Film Festival)
Matt Johnson (Operation Avalanche)
Fred Joubaud (Ouat Media)
Sydney Neter (SND films)
Ryan Turek (Blumhouse Productions)
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