TIFF unveils festival industry programming details

The festival's industry lineup will feature a Master Class with Olivier Assayas, one-on-ones with Jeremy Thomas, Glen Basner and Tessa Ross, and discussions on the future of co-production, indie distribution and crowd-funding.

The Toronto International Film Festival industry programming will include a Master Class with Olivier Assayas, and one-on-one sessions with film world moguls including world cinema indie producer Jeremy Thomas, Film4 head of drama Tessa Ross and Film Nation founder and CEO Glen Basner, it was unveiled Tuesday.

Renowned film scholar David Bordwell will deliver a keynote address as part of the Industry Dialogues speaker series, which will examine filmmaking and the current state of the industry.

The Industry Dialogues series will also include case studies on the art of the screenplay, moderated by Blacklist.com creator and Overbrook Entertainment VP Franklin Leonard, and international co-productions, moderated by Serendipity Point Films exec producer Mark Musselman.

And in looking to the future of film, the series will also feature discussions on the changing technologies and the future of film exhibition, with Imax Theatres president Mark Welton and Cineplex Entertainment COO Dan McGrath; VOD and the future of independent distribution; creative distribution and marketing indie films online.

Elsewhere, The TIFF Nexus series will present interactive cinematic game experience Renga, a 100-player co-op laser game, and a mini-arcade of games created during the Nexus creative jam series.

Master Class

  • Olivier Assayas, in an interview with TIFF Cinematheque programmer Brad Deane


  • Tessa Ross, Film4 head of film and drama, in conversation with Indiewire’s Anne Thompson
  • Glen Basner, FilmNation founder and CEO, in conversation with Deadline.com’s Mike Fleming
  • Jeremy Thomas, independent producer, Recorded Picture Company and Hanway Films

Industry Dialogues

Keynote Address: Back to the Drawing Board: Digital Cinema and Film History – David Bordwell

It’s Easy Being Green: Simple Steps to Greening Your Production

  • Moderator: Melissa Felder — Program Lead/Consultant, Green Screen Toronto
  • Avi Federgreen — Founder, Federgreen Entertainment, Indiecan Entertainment; producer, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical
  • Gale Anne Hurd — CEO, Valhalla Motion Pictures; producer, The Walking Dead, Armageddon, Aliens
  • Lydia Dean Pilcher — Chair, PGA Green East; producer, The Reluctant Fundamentalist; Board Member for The New York Production Alliance

Case Studies: International Co-Productions

  • Lore (Australia, UK, Denmark) with producer Liz Watts
  • Zaytoun (UK, Israel, France) with Academy Award-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King’s Speech)

 Case Studies: The Art of the Screenplay

  • Moderator: Franklin Leonard — Creator, Blacklist.com and Vice-President, Overbrook Entertainment

Bigger, Brighter, Better: Enhancing the Cinema Experience

  • Stuart Bowling — Senior Manager of Worldwide Technical Marketing, Dolby
  • Dr. Paul Salvini — Chief Technology Officer, Christie
  • Mark Welton — President, IMAX Theatres
  • Dan McGrath — Chief Operating Officer, Cineplex Entertainment
  • Moderator: John Helliker, Founder & Director of Sheridan College’s SIRT Centre

The Social Network: Marketing Indie Films Online

  • Marc Schiller — Founder and CEO, BOND Strategy and Influence
  • Moderator: Ira Deutchman — Managing Partner of Emerging Pictures; Professor of Professional Practice in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts at Columbia University, where he is the Chair of the Film Program; Founder of Fine Line Features; Co-Founder of Cinecom

VoD Killed the DVD Star: The Future of Independent Distribution

  • Phillip Knatchbull — CEO, Curzon Artificial Eye
  • Edward Burns — director, The Fitzgerald Family Christmas
  • Tom Quinn — Weinstein Company

Creative Distribution: Thinking Outside the Four Walls

  • Pablo Gonzalez — COO, Tugg
  • Janet Brown — CEO, Cinetic Rights Management/Film Buff
  • Evan Husney — Director of Acquisitions, Drafthouse Films
  • Moderator: Jeremy Kay — U.S. editor, Screen Daily

Alternative Africa: Filmmakers in Markets Without Infrastructure

  • Aziz Cissé — director, The Walls of Dakar
  • Enrico Chiesa — Head of AfricaFilms.tv
  • Joslyn Barnes — Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Louverture Films
  • Helen Kuun — Head of Content, Acquisitions and Strategy, Indigenous Film Distribution
  • Moderator: Jean-Michel Frodon — journalist, Slate

Microbudgeting: Doing More With Less 

  • Katriel Schory — Executive Director, Israel Film Fund
  • Atif Ghani — Producer, Ill Manors
  • Karine Martin -— President, Mediabiz International
  • Avi Federgreen — Founder, Federgreen Entertainment, Indiecan Entertainment; producer, One Week, Score: A Hockey Musical
  • Moderator: John Galway — President, Astral’s Harold Greenberg Fund

Transmedia: Storytelling Without Boundaries

  • Mahyad Tousi — Co-Founder and CEO, Boomgen Studios
  • Lance Weiler — Writer, Director & Experience Designer for Film, TV, and Games
  • Caitlin Burns — Transmedia Producer and Editorial Lead, Starlight Runner Entertainment

Yours to Discover: Fantastic First-Time Feature Directors

  • Catriona McKenzie — filmmaker, Satellite Boy
  • Gabriela Pichler — filmmaker, Eat Sleep Die
  • Moderator: Wendy Mitchell — editor, Screen Daily

Sourcing the Funds, Funding the Source: The New Age of Crowdfunding

  • Elisabeth Holm — director, Film Program, Kickstarter
  • Guneet Monga — producer, Peddlers, Monsoon Shootout, Gangs of Wasseypur
  • Lynette Howell — producer, The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Moderator: Scott Roxborough — journalist, The Hollywood Reporter

Independent India

  • Manjeet Singh — director, Mumbai Cha Raja
  • Vasan Bala — director, Peddlers
  • Ashim Ahluwalia — director, Miss Lovely
  • Guneet Monga — producer, Peddlers, Monsoon Shootout, Gangs Of Wasseypur
  • Moderator: Patrick Frater — journalist, Film Busines Asia

TIFF Nexus: Renga and the Future of Interactive Cinema

  • Adam Russell — Co-founder, wallFour
  • John Sear — Co-founder wallFour

Also TIFF Nexus Mini-Arcade at Metro Hall Rotunda, 55 John Street, Toronto; open daily from September 7 to 15, 7:30 am – 9:30 pm

Additional industry programming and initiatives

  • indieWIRE @ Filmmakers’ Lounge September 8 to 11 4 pm – 5 pm
  • Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Filmmakers’ Lounge, Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Class Of 2012: Canadian Directors To Watch
  • First We Take Manhattan: Canadian Films In The U.S.
  • Looking At The World: Canadian Cinema Beyond Its Borders 
  • Not Short On Talent

Photo: via TIFF Industry