September 9–15, 2016
The seven-day event features a lineup of internationally-focused premium programming, high-profile speakers, progressive discussions, and innovative strategies for creative and business leaders. Full schedule of speakers and events is available now!
Attendees can still register onsite September 6–16 between 9am and 7pm at the Industry Centre, Hyatt Regency Hotel, mezzanine level, 370 King Street West. Please bring a business card with you for the onsite approval process.
Please review our pass options and onsite prices below.
Purchasing a pass (with the exception of our Doc Conference pass) gets you access to screenings, our seven-day Conference, networking events, exclusive delegate services (including our delegate guide), the Screening Library, and our business centre.
Have questions? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 416.934.5834
All passes are subject to additional approval.
* * Film Rep passes are available exclusively to producers and sales agents with films in Official Selection. Buyers passes are available exclusively to buyers, distributors and acquisition executives.
You can pick up your pass between September 6 and 16 from 9am to 7pm at the Industry Centre (Mezzanine Level, King Ballroom). You'll require a business card, Photo ID, or a version of your Confirmation Letter. In the event that someone else will be picking up your Pass, the company name on your pass must match their pass or business card.
Lost or stolen passes must be reported to the Registration Desk (Industry Center). A $20 replacement fee will apply. (Credit cards only).
The accreditation process takes place once you purchase a Pass. We review the professional information you provided on your registration form, and either approve your Pass purchase or recommend a different Pass type, better suited to your role in the industry. Make sure to complete the registration form with as many details as possible. If we require more information, we will reach out to you directly.
All passes offer the same access to the Industry Conference, meeting spaces, screening libraries and exclusive delegate resources (except for our one-day Doc Conference Pass). The main difference between our various pass options is screening access. Our Conference Pass is ideal for emerging film professionals, while our Industry Pass is the most popular option — providing fluid access to a wide range of professional services, including screenings. Premium and Buyer Passes are designed for those working in distribution and acquisitions. Film Rep Passes are exclusively for sales agents and producers with films in Official Selection.
Each delegate attending the festival must purchase their own pass. Passes are not transferrable.
The accreditation process takes up to three days. If you do not hear from us before then, please email us at email@example.com or give us a call at +1 416.934.5834.
This depends on your involvement in the film and applies only to films confirmed for Official Selection. Please inquire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Passes are non-refundable as stated upon point of purchase. A Pass may be transferred to another person within the same company at the same professional level, by no later than August 10. No transfers will be allowable after this date.
TIFF has an ‘unofficial market’ with a unique business model. We do not offer traditional exhibitor opportunities, but national agencies representing countries from around the world have stands in our Industry Centre. Please consult the “Guide for Industry Professionals” guide for advice or contact us: +1 416.934.5834 /email@example.com.
All registered delegates are included in the Delegates Guide, a comprehensive list of everyone attending the Festival professionally. Use this to connect, network, and schedule meetings.
The Delegates Guide is now available to all registered delegates.
Please use the Delegates Guide as a resource to identify people you’d like to meet. The Delegates Guide is a comprehensive list of everyone attending the festival professionally. Use this to connect, network, and schedule meetings. A list of national agencies with offices in the Industry Centre will also be available.
TIFF does not have access to independent parties and events during the Festival. Keep an eye out for the TIFF Happy Hours, which take place at the end of each day of programming at the Industry Conference. Remember to check your mailbox each day for invitations to external events.
Yes! TIFF values and encourages academic presence at the festival. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about special rates.
We are glad to accommodate and make your visit as accessible as possible. If you are an industry delegate, please start by contacting us at email@example.com. Individuals attending publicly should contact Customer Relations at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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You will find more information in these special Industry documents which are designed especially for you:
1. For general information please read our Industry Brochure
2. For promotional and advertising opportunities please read our Promotional Brochure
3. For professional guidance through the Festival please read: A Guide for Industry Professionals
Remember: You’ll need your pass to gain access to all screenings.
Arrive at least 15 minutes before the screening’s scheduled start time. Seating is first-come, first-served. When a cinema is full, a line will be formed in case seats become available
Some Platform and Wavelength screenings are intended for both public and Press & Industry. These screenings are ticketed.
In advance you can collect a ticket at the Industry Box Office or on the day of at the Venue Box Office. Tickets guarantee admission up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the screening.
Premium, Film Rep, and Buyers passes have access to public tickets (1, 2, or 4 per day respectively). These tickets can be selected up to two days in advance of the screening.
Tickets for day-of screenings cannot be exchanged or returned. We do not reprint lost or stolen tickets.
Only accredited delegates can enter the Industry Box Office.
If public tickets are available on the day of a screening, they can be obtained at the Venue Box Office by using your pass (1 per pass, per screening).
Priority Screenings are a benefit of our Buyer, Film Rep, and Priority Press Passes. There are a small number of priority screenings that press and buyers need to attend before the first public screening of a film — it’s part of their job. All Priority Press & Industry screenings also have at least one regular Press & Industry screening.
Film Rep and Buyers Passes have Priority Screening Access. A select amount of Press & Industry Screenings are identified as Priority.
Priority is granted up until 15 minutes before the screening start time.
Industry and Premium Passes have secondary access to these screenings and will be let in after the Priority line.
The rush line refers to the lineup or queue for a particular screening on the day the film is showing. Remaining seats for a screening are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to people who line up to gain access.
Pass holders with RUSH access will be let into a screening 10 minutes prior to the screening subject to seating availability.
To gain access pass holders are encouraged to arrive least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis
All passes with the exception of the Doc Conference Pass grant access to the Industry Centre, Business Centre and Digital Screening Library @ the Hyatt Regency as well as the Industry Lounge @ the Glenn Gould.
Buyers Pass holders have access to the Buyers Lounge @ the ScotiaBank Theatre.
Our staff and volunteers are here to ensure the best possible Festival experience for all. We will not tolerate mistreatment of any kind towards our staff and volunteers and will take measures accordingly. TIFF reserves the right to refuse admission and/or expel from the premises, without refund, any persons whose presence or conduct is deemed objectionable.
For registrants who may have missed a selected film. You’ll need your pass to gain entry. Open from September 8–17 from 9am–7pm on the concourse level of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Watch a selection of films online, post-Festival. Pass holders, with the exception of students, will receive a free trial membership to these two platforms. Details will be provided by Cinando and Festival Scope.
Our Consultant provides assistance to producers and filmmakers who don't have sales agents representing their films in Selection.
Last year the Industry Centre had 50,000 visits, representing 5,000+ registered delegates, 1,200 members of the press, and 920 directors and actors.
Join us at the end of each day of our Conference (September 9-15) to connect and network with other industry delegates.
Take a tour of our industry venues on September 8 or 9. The tours commence at 12 noon at the Glenn Gould lobby. Get the most out of your Festival experience. More information coming soon.
Use our mail hub to connect with delegates. Include a name and mailbox # to exchange messages with colleagues. Located behind the Registration Desk in the Industry Centre.
Take a meeting or enjoy a quiet break between screenings. Located at the ScotiaBank Theatre, this space is exclusively for registered Buyers.
Advertise a film, location, or technology with a banner. Our venues have over 60,000 visits from 7,400 industry, press, and guests. Purchase a bag insert and get your message into the hands of all our industry delegates.
Promote your national cinema and create a hub for your filmmakers and sales agents in town.
Host a private screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Festival
To request a booking, and for any additional information, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registered delegates may take advantage of reduced rates at our partner hotels. Details are in your Confirmation Letter. See our partners.
Need help getting a VISA? We can help. Contact email@example.com and we'll provide a letter of support. Find out what travel documentation is needed for entry by visiting the Government of Canada's website.
Delegates can take advantage of a promotional code on bookings with Air Canada and Porter Airlines. Learn More
For guests travelling from Canada and select cities in the United States, the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) is minutes from the downtown core with links to the city by a short ferry ride.
The closest major international airport is Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
Taxis and Limousines start at $60.00/CAD each way from Toronto Pearson International Airport YYZ. The UP Express train connects Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station in downtown Toronto in 25 minutes. Trains depart every 15 minutes.
Terms and Conditions are in addition to any other terms and conditions included on the aircanada.com website.
The promotional code will be provided in your Accreditation Confirmation Letter following registration
15% Porter Airlines discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) is available for booking from April 6, 2016 to September 21, 2016, and available for travel as per below:
Please book online or through your travel agent using promo code provided in your Accreditation Confirmation Letter following registration.
Porter offers complimentary in-flight snacks and beverages (including beer and wine), GatePorter service for carry-on, and access to the Porter Lounge in Toronto and Ottawa, where free Wi-Fi and comfortable seating is available.
TIFF Industry runs a series of tailored professional development programmes, to assist talented filmmakers to fast track their careers and projects. The broad range on offer includes bespoke opportunities for directors (Talent Lab), actors (Rising Stars) and filmmakers with films in Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival (Filmmaker Boot Camp). Filmmaking teams are encouraged to apply for Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!, and producers may apply to OMDC's International Financing Forum, Producers Lab Toronto and Studio.
Held annually during the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Talent Lab is an artistic development program intended for aspiring Canadian and international filmmakers. This extremely competitive programme provides 20 young directors and screenwriters with an intensive learning experience that seeks to further develop their creativity, artistic process, and voice. With guidance from some of the best-known and most esteemed experts in independent cinema from around the world, TIFF Talent Lab is designed to launch the careers of the next generation of filmmakers. The Talent Lab application period is now open — and it’s FREE to apply!
Presenting Sponsor: RBC, Supported by: Telefilm Canada, Supported by: The Slaight Family Foundation and Ivan Reitman
Now in it’s 13th year, Talent Lab is a five-day comprehensive artistic development programme led by esteemed mentors who guide 10 Canadian and 10 international selected participants in discussions focusing on creativity and artistic process. This year’s mentors include Jim Stark (Coffee and Cigarettes), Christine Vachon (Carol) and Atom Egoyan (Chloe).
Supported by: Ivan Reitman
TIFF Rising Stars is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting Canadian cinema and talent on the world stage. This programme showcases new Canadian acting talent, putting the emphasis on the next generation of actors poised for international success.
Presenting Partner: The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, Supported by: Telefilm Canada, Supported by: CSA, Sponsored by: L'Oréal Paris, Industry Sponsors: Birks, Hudson's Bay
TIFF Rising Stars is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting Canadian cinema and talent on the world stage. This programme showcases new Canadian acting talent, putting the emphasis on the next generation of actors poised for international success.
Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! returns for its 17th consecutive year at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. This is your chance to bring a feature film project to life. All genres and styles of presentation are permitted. The most original and compelling story will be awarded a prize of $15,000. Six teams will have six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of industry delegates and a jury of development and production experts.
Presenting Partner: Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada and TIFF proudly present the 17th annual PITCH THIS! competition.Six teams get six minutes to pitch their feature film to a live audience and industry jury. The winning team takes home a grand prize of $15,000 in development money!
Hosted by Steve Patterson
Steve Patterson has been a professional headliner since 1997 and has taped numerous national television specials in the past decade including four Just For Laughs galas. His performance in 2010 earned him a Gemini nomination and caused host Steve Martin afterwards to exclaim If I’d have known he was going to be THAT good, I would have cancelled him. Following that performance, Patterson was name Best Male Stand-up Comedian at the 2011 and 2013 Canadian Comedy awards and most recently has been nominated for the 2015 Canadian Screen Awards as Host on HGTV’s I Wrecked My House. Steve’s nationally toured and award nominated theatre show entitled This is Not Debatable is now available on itunes and his Book of Letters I Didn’t Know Where to Send is due out in the fall of 2016. Visit stevepatterson.ca for more details.
Art of Being Busy
A romantic comedy about a young woman who’s so terrified her newly discovered breast cancer is going to ruin a hot new romance and derail her career, she uses social media to pretend she’s far away…having the time of her life.
A Toronto-based artist and filmmaker, Chris Ross attended the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) in Toronto, and worked as a painter after graduating, winning accolades for her work across the country. Her paintings often referenced movies in some way, and finally she grew frustrated with the static nature of the medium and started making films. Since then, Chris has been busy writing and directing shorts, most recently directing a short about actresses facing ageism and sexism in the industry. She is currently in pre-production on a short about social media friendships, and is very excited to be developing her first feature film, The Art of Being Busy with Clique Pictures and LoCo Motion Pictures. Chris is an active member of the film collective Film Fatales in Toronto, as well as the Director’s Guild of Canada.
Clique Pictures produces feature and documentary productions with a focus on working with female creative talent both in front and behind the camera. Clique Pictures is currently in production on the feature documentary Metamorphosis. Principal Lauren Grant has produced the feature films Wet Bum (14), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, the fashion documentary Traceable (14), which has screened around the world as part of Fashion Revolution Day, as well as the feature film Picture Day (12), starring Tatiana Maslany. The Hollywood Reporter named Lauren one of 15 Talents to Watch in their Next Gen Canada 2014 edition. Lauren is an alumna of Trans Atlantic Partners, TIFF Studio, Producers Lab at TIFF, Rotterdam Lab and Berlinale Talent Campus.
Lauren Corber is a producer, entertainment lawyer and the founder of LoCo Motion Pictures. LoCo Motion Pictures produces content for all platforms with a focus on comedic and dramatic productions. Lauren recently completed production on the comedy web series My 90-Year-Old Roommate (16) (licensed by CBC), dramatic short films Emma (16) and A Bicycle Lesson (16). Past productions include short films Anatomy of Assistance (premiered at TIFF, 2013) and Lunchbox Loser (Best Children’s Short, Manhattan Film Festival 2014). Lauren story edited highly acclaimed short film, Hole (grand prize winner, Clermont-Ferrand, 2015). Lauren is actively involved with the Canadian Media Producer’s Association. She is an alumnus of the Producer’s Lab at the CFC, the NSI’s Totally Television Program and the Bell Media Executive Producer Accelerator Lab.
Set amidst stunning Baffin Island landscape in Nunavut and filmed in the Inuit language of Inuktitut, Qalupalik is a thriller about an Inuit girl who returns to her hometown to search for her missing brother, only to discover that she’s being hunted by creatures awakened from Inuit legend.
Nyla Innuksuk is a co-owner in Pinnguaq Productions, a company rooted in the creation of unique cultural experiences. We operate in Ontario, Nunavut and British Columbia, with a cutting edge mandate to create interactive experiences that push both the limits of technology and cultural expression. Nyla has produced both documentary and narrative films, with her short Kajutaijuq (14) premiering at TIFF and later selected to be a part of the TIFF Top 10 Festival. She has previously worked with the National Film Board of Canada as a director of documentary films and interactive projects. In addition to film, she is an early adopter of Virtual Reality content creation, working with artists such as Glenn Gould, Philip Glass, The Strumbellas, A Tribe Called Red and Polaris Prize Winner Tanya Tagaq.
Toronto-based filmmaker Sean Wainsteim’s varied body of work spans from narrative to experimental to documentary projects. From Ethiopia to the Arctic, from commercials and music videos to short films and tv shows, Sean has worked with brands like Nike, Sony, MTV2, IFC, Nickelodeon and Budweiser, won over twenty World Gold design awards and multiple MuchMusic Video Awards (MMVAs) including the 2011 Director of the Year. Sean received two BravoFACT! grants for short films Lost for Words (10) and Magic Mushrooms (16). He received Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council grants for Little Boxes (13), a semi autobiographical, magic-realism experimental mixed-media short film that explores ideas of memory, trauma and storytelling. Sean recently received a Canada Arts Council award for development of Qalupalik.
Sharkasaurus is the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers. When the rebellious emo son of a paleontologist falls for the promiscuous daughter of a widowed creationist, they accidentally awaken a prehistoric tunneling dino-shark and they must evolve their ideological difference or succumb to the inevitable jaws of Sharkasaurus.
Greg Jeffs has produced short films that are available on iTunes and have been broadcast, both
nationally and internationally. He wrote and produced The Hunt (13)(Dir: Spencer Estabrooks) which was named the best horror short film of 2013 by RUE MORGUE MAGAZINE. He has participated in the NSI Features first and Business for Producers, programs. 2016 saw his directorial debut (short film), It’s All in Your Head, premiere at the Horror Channel FRIGHT FEST in London England. When not making films, Greg works with William F. White to assist emerging filmmakers take their first steps in the film and TV industry.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies at the University of Alberta and a diploma in film production at VMPS, Spencer Estabrooks worked a variety film related jobs before settling at Acmeworks Digital Film. Producing and directing for Insurrection Films he completed over a dozen short genre films including Deadwalkers (09), The Hunt (13), Sharkasaurus (14) and One Hit Die (13). These films won numerous awards and accolades including Rue Morgue Magazine Best Short of 2013 for The Hunt. In January 2015 he left Acmeworks to pursue filmmaking full time. In the first six months, he produced, wrote, directed, and edited his first feature film Legend of the Lich Lord (15). Soon after he began his next passion project, a timely documentary Aleberta: Our Beer History (16). In July of 2016 he completed a Kickstarter for his first graphic novel; Sharkasaurus.
Mary Goes Round
Mary Goes Round is a comedic drama about a closeted alcoholic and substance abuse counsellor who gets arrested for a DUI and loses both her job and fiancé. When she gets a call from her estranged father, she returns to her hometown in New Jersey where she must learn to take responsibility for herself and her family when she learns that her father is dying of cancer and wants Mary to form a bond with the teenaged half-sister she’s never met.
Matt Code is a Toronto-based producer of award-winning films, television and digital content and the owner of Wildling Pictures. Recently, he was co-producer for Murmur Media on the feature documentary Cheer Up (16), which premiered at Hot Docs International Film Festival, and executive producer on the short film A Teachable Moment (16), which premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival. Through Wildling Pictures, he recently produced the short film 3-Way (Not Calling) from writer/director Molly McGlynn, which will premiere at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. The pair will collaborate again in 2016 when Wildling produces McGlynn’s first feature Mary Goes Round, which goes to production this fall with support from Telefilm’s Micro-budget program. Code is a graduate of the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Producer’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre, an alumnus of Queen’s University and a member of the Canadian Media Producer’s Association.
Molly McGlynn is a Toronto-based filmmaker. Her shorts include I Am Not a Weird Perso (12), Shoes (13), and 3 Way (Not Calling) (16).
To Be Continued
After committing suicide, bullied teen Evan discovers that he and his friends return to life every time they die — sparking an increasingly bloody prom-night battle between the tormented and their aggressors.
Luke Black is a producer who was born and raised in Western Canada. After attending the University of Alberta and Red Deer College, he built his creative practice by producing over a dozen DIY short films and helped strengthen the local filmmaking communities as a member of the boards of directors for the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative. His work has screened in film festivals around the world and in 2013 Luke was invited to attend the Canadian Film Centre's Cineplex Entertainment Film Program. Now based out of Toronto, Luke is focused on building a brand of high-concept narratives with an ensemble of creative partners.
A graduate of the University of Toronto and UCLA’s Professional Producing Program, Mike MacMillan – founder of Lithium Studios Productions - has been producing independent film since 2009. Mike was the only Canadian named in 2015 to Screen International’s distinguished Future Leader’s list. With past features having launched at top international festivals, Mike’s upcoming releases will include Bruce McDonald’s Weirdos, Pat Mill’s Don’t Talk to Irene, and Vladimir de Fontenay’s Mobile Homes. Mike participated in Ted Hopes’ Artist-2-Entreprenuer Lab (SFFS, 2013), Trans Atlantic Partners Co-Production Lab (2014), TIFF Studio (2014) and the Rotterdam Lab @ Cinemart (2015). Mike enjoys cooking and long snuggles with his bulldog.
Peter Harvey is an award-winning independent producer committed to quality Canadian storytelling with honesty and originality. His first feature film Picture Day, starring Tatiana Maslany, premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, won the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature Film and Best Performance for Maslany at the Whistler Film Festival, and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 2013 RiverRun International Film Festival. His second feature, Pretend We’re Kissing, is a romantic comedy starring Dov Tiefenbach, Tommie-Amber Pirie and Zoe Kravitz; which won Best Comedy at the Maui Film Festival in 2015. He is currently developing a sci-fi action thriller feature called To Be Continued, based on What Doesn’t Kill You, which received an Honourable Mention for Best Canadian Short Film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and he is a recent alumni to the 2015 TIFF Studio program.
Rob Grant is a 2013 alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre's (CFC) Directors’ Lab. He has directed three award-winning feature films, Yesterday, Mon Ami, and Desolate. He is currently developing the feature version of What Doesn't Kill You.
The Edible Woman
When a soon-to-be married market research employee who has recently lost her appetite for food meets a freewheeling academic in 1960s Toronto, she must decide to accept the life laid out in front of her or use her newly blossoming appetite for life to create a future of her choosing.
Francine Zuckerman made her first film on Super 8 at 15. Years later, she has made several documentaries and short films. She graduated from McGill University and joined the NFB to make her first film, Half the Kindgom (89). Her focus is on women, performing arts and social docs. Her work includes: Exposure: environmental links to breast cancer (01), a documentary with singer/actor Olivia Newton-John; a Canada - New Zealand co-production Punch Me in the Stomach (97), which premiered at London FF; Gemini nominated dramatic anthology The Atwood Stories (03); and dramatic short, Passengers (00), which premiered at TIFF. Her latest documentary, We Are Her (13), screened internationally and her short drama Mr. Bernstein (16) was launched at Palm Springs ShortFest. She is in development with co-producer Karen Shaw on a feature adaptation of celebrated writer Margaret Atwood’s novel The Edible Woman.
Karen Shaw’s most recent projects include the feature film Khoya (15), which was selected for the prestigious Tribeca All Access program, recently finished a five-week theatrical run and screened at festivals internationally including The Mumbai Film Festival. Shaw’s upcoming film XX: The Box, by writer/director Jovanka Vuckovic is an all-female director-driven horror anthology including filmmakers St. Vincent, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama, and is distributed by Magnolia. Shaw is currently producing Sharkwater: Extinction, the follow-up to acclaimed environmental filmmaker Rob Stewart’s internationally award-winning documentary Sharkwater (06) (Telluride, TIFF). She is producing the novel Infidelity by Stacey May Fowles, adapted by Sundance award winning writer/director Geneviève Dulude-De Celles; packaging Gerald Olson’s debut feature The Mating Habits of Widows with Dominic Cooper (AMC’s Preacher) attached; and developing the adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s debut novel The Edible Woman into a feature film co-written by Molly McGlynn and writer/director Francine Zuckerman.
Studio is the year-round TIFF Industry programme at TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF is excited to launch the fourth round of Studio, co-supported by the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Director's Guild of Canada.
Studio is aspace for filmmakers to be inspired, consolidate skills, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges in a collaborative environment. Offered to a selected group of 10 mid-career, writer-directors across Canada, Studio is intended to take the candidates careers to the next level, via creative and business skill development.
Supported by: The Harold Greenberg Fund, Director's Guild of Canada, and Ivan Reitman.
Module 3: Co-Producing 101
Canada has one of the most envied financial public funding systems, and 55 co-production treaties. Telefilm Canada and Eurimages will soon announce the entrance of Canada into the European Co-production Funding Agency. How will that impact Canadian financing and content? What should you know before you get involved in co-production? What is the value of co-production markets such as CineMart and the co-production market in Berlin? What are the incentives of co-producing internationally and /or with other Canadian provinces?
Guest Speakers Paula Devonshire (Devonshire Productions) and Paul Scherzer (Six Island Pictures) will answer these questions and share their experiences based on the film and TV projects they have co-produced.
Paul Scherzer is the founder and president of Six Island Productions. He has co-produced a host of acclaimed international features, including the Tunisia/France/Canada co-production Challat of Tunis (13) and the Canada/Germany co-production Coconut Hero (15), as well as documentaries like Manufactured Landscapes (06) and The Manor (13). His films have played at festivals from TIFF to Sundance, Cannes to Busan, and have been sold in many international markets. Prior to founding Six Island, Paul worked for Telefilm and the NFB. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, a TIFF Studio alumnus, and a member of the CMPA, ACCT, and the prestigious European producers’ network, ACE.
Paula Devonshire is a Toronto-based producer specializing in domestic and international film and television. Her first features were Ginger Snaps: Unleashed (04) and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (04). She has also produced Real Time (08), starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel, which played at the Slamdance Film Festival and TIFF, George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead (07) and Survival of the Dead (09), which screened at Venice and TIFF, the coming of age drama Wet Bum (14), which premiered at TIFF, and the psychological thriller The Dark Stranger (15).
Studio is the year-round TIFF Industry programme at TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF Industry is excited to launch the fourth round of Studio co-supported by the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Director’s Guild of Canada.
As a space for filmmakers to be inspired, Studio participants consolidate skills, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges in a collaborative environment. This year, Studio is open to writer-directors with a minimum of one feature film and/or three short film credits as writer-director. These participants are curious about all fields of film, TV, documentary, online, interactive and transmedia, and are interested in collaborating with their peers, as well as challenging their own views.
Chosen participants will have a unique opportunity to interact with internationally acclaimed industry professionals – including acclaimed filmmakers, experienced producers and other experts in both the Canadian and international film industries.
The 2016 STUDIO participants are: JUAN ANDRES ARANGO, JILL CARTER, SOPHIE GOYETTE, NAOMI JAYE, RENUKA JEYAPALAN, JOEY KLEIN, TREVOR MACK, LINDSAY MACKAY, PAT MILLS, JEFFERY ST. JULES, SARA ST. ONGE, and RANDALL “RT!” THORNE.
Breakfast at TIFF is a new initiative that aims to bring the Toronto screen industry together at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Each month you’ll hear from provocative and expert speakers on timely subjects. You’ll have the chance to catch up over a light breakfast with colleagues, friends, and new acquaintances from the local film-production scene.
Watch this space for upcoming dates, topic announcements and ticket information.
We’ll be back with more monthly Breakfasts at TIFF after the Festival!
DATE: Friday, November 18, 2016
TIME: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
VENUE: Cinema 4, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. West, Toronto
TICKET PRICE: $18.00 + HST
**A light breakfast will be served.
Launched in July 2015, the Len Blum Residency pays homage to one of Canada’s most celebrated screenwriters by providing one Canadian filmmaker with the opportunity to live, work, and receive mentorship at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The residency is generously supported by Toronto-based producer and distributor Ron Mann.
The CMPA Feature Film Producer Awards recognize producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. The winner of the Established Producer Award will receive $10,000 and the winner of the new Emerging Producer Award will receive $5,000.
Congratulations to Roger Frappier, winner of the 2016 Established Producer Award and to Hany Ouichou, winner of the 2016 Emerging Producer Award!
Nicholas de Pencier
Film at TIFF: Black Code
Production company: Mercury Films Inc.
Roger Frappier (Winner)
Film at TIFF: Two Lovers and a Bear
Production company: Max Films
Film at TIFF: Anatomy of Violence
Production company: Hamilton-Mehta Productions
Film at TIFF: All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Production company: White Pine Pictures
Film at TIFF: Nelly
Production company: Go Films
Film at TIFF: Maliglutit (Searchers)
Production company: Kingulliit Productions
Film at TIFF: Pays (Boundaries)
Production company: La Boîte à Fanny
Hany Ouichou (Winner)
Films at TIFF: Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau (Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves); Prank
Production company: Art & Essai
Producers Lab Toronto is an international co-production forum delivered through a partnership between TIFF Industry, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and European Film Promotion.
24 participants take part in pitching sessions, case studies, round-tables and networking events with key people from the film industry and film funds. The aim is to both develop an understanding of international arrangements and to deepen relationships, in order to progress projects with an international scope.
Hélène Cases, Lionceau Films (France)
Camilla Deakin, Lupus Films (United Kingdom)
Mira Fornay, Mirafox (Slovak Republic)
Amir Hamz, Bon Voyage Films (Germany)
Anna Jancsó, Libercine (Hungary)
Anita Junka, 4 Film (Croatia)
Kathryn Kennedy, Kennedy Films (Ireland)
Katrin Kissa, Homeless Bob Productions (Estonia)
Peter Lindblad, Snowcloud Films (Sweden)
Christoph Neracher, Hugofilm (Switzerland)
Coral Aiken, Aiken Heart Films
Katie Bird Nolan, Babe Nation Creations
Tara Boire, boomerang films
Tim Dorion, Wango Films
Borga Dorter, Gearshift Films
Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Motel Pictures
Kim McCraw, micro_scope
Thomas Michael, Fella Films
Paul Scherzer, Six Island Productions
Glen Wood, ViDDYWELL FiLMS
Tania Chambers, Feisy Dame Productions
Alex White, Whitefalk Films
New Zealand Participants
Fraser Brown, FB Pictures
Nadia Maxwell, Overactive Imagination
IFF is OMDC's feature film co-financing event at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, distributors, funders, and executive producers to do business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities.
Now celebrating its 11th year, OMDC’s IFF has introduced hundreds of projects to the international marketplace with over 60 successfully financed to date, including Robert Budreau's Born to be Blue, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, Haiffa Al-Mansour’sWadjda, and Ralph Fiennes directorial debut, Coriolanus among many other titles.
Canadian and international feature film producers are invited to apply to IFF. Registration is free but competitive. Final selection is based on company track record, pitch package and suitability of projects.
For more information about IFF and its application guidelines, see Here.
Developed in partnership with Telefilm Canada, Filmmaker Boot Camp gives directors and producers the skills and contacts they need to make the most of their experience at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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We know that Festival can unfold into a quick blur, and our goal is to ensure that our first time filmmakers and producers in official selection enjoy full access to all the resources available to them during the festival.
Filmmaker Boot Camp is a one day programme. It is open to Canadian directors and producers who are attending the Festival for the first-time with their feature or short film in Official Selection. Producers in TIFF’s Studio programme are also invited to participate.
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Jared Abrahamson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a stint working in the mines and competing as a pro mixed martial arts fighter, he attended the Vancouver Film School. Abrahamson had a lead role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Finding a Family (11) and parts in the ABC pilot The Manzanis, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (12), and Awkward. Recently, Abrahamson filmed roles in Keep Watching (16); Hello Destroyer (TIFF 16); Gun (16); Veracruz (16); Never Steady, Never Still (16); Hollow in the Land (16); and a recurring character on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.
Grace Glowicki is an actor, director, and writer based in Toronto. She has appeared in films at many major US film festivals this year. At the Sundance Film Festival, her performance in Ben Petrie's Her Friend Adam (16) won her a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance. The film has since played SXSW Film Festival, NYC’s Rooftop Films, and the Sundance Short Film Tour. She also starred in Jason Jeffrey’s A Teachable Moment (16), which played the Tribeca Film Festival. Upcoming acting projects include the narrative feature Cardinal (17), directed by Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley; Jordan Canning’s Suck it Up (17), which she co-executive produced; and Tito, her feature-length directorial debut.
Somkele Iyamah-Idhalama has been included in some of the Nigerian film industry’s better productions. Although not formally trained in acting, she has played leading roles alongside some of the industry's best names. In the critically acclaimed TV series, GIDI UP, she plays lead alongside award winning actor O.C. Ukeje directed by Jadesola Osiberu which officially started her acting career in 2012. Her most riveting role yet is that of Ada Igonoh, in the biopic 93 DAYS where she plays an ebola survivor as supporting actress beside Hollywood actor, Danny Glover. Somkele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from McMaster University, Canada. Her interest in the arts was ignited after playing the lead role in an adaptation of The Prodigal Son: The Clown while attending Grange School in Lagos Nigeria. Never looking back, all extra-curricular activities were in drama, dance and sports up to her time in university.
Mylène Mackay is an actor and comedian, born in Saint-Didace. Currently based in Montreal, she graduated from L’École nationale de théâtre du Canada in 2011. Mackay appeared on television and on stage before her first major film role in André Turpin’s Endorphine (15). Upcoming roles include André Forcier’s Embrasse moi comme tu m’aimes (16), and the title role in Anne Émond’s Nelly (16), based on the life and work of author Nelly Arcan. Mackay is also involved in several voice dubbing projects.
Sophie Nélisse was born in Windsor and raised in Montreal. She starred in Brian Percival’s The Book Thief (13) and Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar (11), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and earned her a Genie Award for her performance. Nélisse’s latest film credits include Stephen Herek’s The Great Gilly Hopkins (15); Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams (16), which premiered at Cannes; Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love (16); Dominic James’s Wait Till Helen Comes (16), set to be released this October; and Academy Award nominee Yan England’s directorial debut, 1:54 (16).
Lagos-born actor, singer and performer OC Ukeje joined the Nigerian entertainment scene in 2006 after winning the Amstel Malta Box Office reality TV show for actors. He later trained at the New York Film Academy. Widely recognized as Nigeria’s most promising actor, OC’s recent films include Sara Blecher’s Ayanda, Half of a Yellow Sun, based on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's bestselling novel; BFI-Sponsored Gone Too Far, the award-winning dark comedy Confusion Na Wa, Jeta Amata's Black November and Shirley Frimpong Manso's Love or Something Like That. OC also appeared in The Department, When Love Happens, Two Brides and a Baby, White Waters and in the high-rated TV series Gidi Up and Dowry. OC is recipient of several Best Actor awards including the Africa Magic Viewers' Choice Award 2013 & 2015, Nigerian Entertainment Award, Africa Movie Academy Award, Best Of Nollywood Award and other prestigious awards. In his spare time, OC writes material for his music and develops ideas for future projects.
Juan Andrés Arango was born in Bogota. He studied cinematography and television at the National University of Colombia. His feature films are La Playa DC (12), and X500 (16).
Director RT! has emerged as one of Canada’s most prolific storytellers since debuting on the filmmaking scene only a few years ago. With over 160 music videos to his credit, RT! has been awarded 17 International video awards and is the most awarded music video director in Canadian history. In 2012 he developed, co-produced, co-wrote and directed an original TV movie special for MUCH entitled ALIVE which was nominated at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards, and also scored a Best Director Nomination for RT! In 2015 his short film THE TIME TRAVELER won Best Short at the Canadian Film Festival. Currently working out of Toronto as a television series director, he most recently earned a 2015 Directors Guild of Canada nomination for his episodic work. RT! continues to follow his passion for storytelling dedicated to creating & developing commercially viable filmmaking properties with diverse cultural perspectives
Sara St. Onge is a writer and director who was born in Canada and spent her formative years in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in photography, but never attended film school. Her films have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, the Palm Springs Film Festival, and MoMA, and aired on CBC, Bravo!, TMN/Movie Central, Sundance Channel, and HBO Europe. She lives in Toronto.
Jeffrey St. Jules is the only Canadian ever selected for the Cannes Festival Residence, where he developed his much-lauded feature debut, Bang Bang Baby (14), which premiered at TIFF where it was awarded Best First Canadian Feature. It was also the winner of the Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the award for outstanding debut feature at the Canadian Screen Awards.
Pat Mills’ first feature film, the dark comedy Guidance (14), which he wrote, directed and starred in, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Released in Canada and the USA in August 2015, it was hailed as a “Grade A” comedy by the Los Angeles Times and was a New York Times Critics Pick. It also gained him an Actra Award nomination for Outstanding Male Performance. An alumnus of TIFF Talent lab, Mills was named winner of Telefilm Canada’s Pitch This! for his next feature film Don’t Talk to Irene (16), which went on to win Best Comedy Screenplay at the Austin Screenplay Competition.
Lindsay Mackay is a writer/director. Her debut feature, Wet Bum (14), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named a Top 10 Finalist in the prestigious Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition. She is a graduate of the Directing program at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she was granted the distinguished Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow and Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Awards, and her thesis film Clear Blue won the esteemed College Television Award (the Student Emmy). Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including TIFF, SXSW, AFI Fest, Palm Springs International ShortsFest and Camerimage. She currently divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles.
Joey Klein is a Montreal actor/filmmaker and a graduate of Concordia University and Circle in the Square Theatre School. He has written, directed, and scored two short films, Waiting for You (12) and Waterloo (13), and the feature The Other Half (Narrative Competition, SXSW 16). His next two projects, A Vacation in Iceland and ‘Untitled Revenge Project’ complete a trilogy exploring how cycles of violence affect love and intimacy. His acting credits include The Animal Project (TIFF 13), The Husband (TIFF 13), Girl in the White Coat (nominated for a Jutra Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013), and American Gangster (07). He currently has a recurring role on CBC’s This Life.
Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot'in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia. Raised by his mother and family, his culture and upbringing are reflected in his storytelling. At 17, Mack helped create a freelance video-editing and motion-graphics group called Viral Design. The group produced promotional videos for companies such as Red Bull, Gunnar Optiks, and Steelseries. When he was 21 his first short film, The Blanketing (13) screened at film festivals across North America and New Zealand. Mack's second short film, Clouds of Autumn (15), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and played other prestigious film festivals around the world, receiving the Best Canadian Short Drama award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.
Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based writer/director and graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her Genie-nominated short film Big Girl (05) screened at the Berlinale, the Tribeca Film Festival, and TIFF, where it was awarded Best Short Film. Her other short films include Arranged (14), which she made for TMN, Movie Central and the Harold Greenberg Fund, and A Bicycle Lesson (16). She is currently developing several feature film projects and the comedy TV series Girl in the Boys Room for the CBC. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto.
Naomi Jaye has a flair for cinematic scale, unconventional storytelling, and striking visual execution. Her debut feature film, The Pin (13), is Canada’s only Yiddish-language narrative film. It opened in theatres across North America to rave reviews, and was named among the top five Canadian films at the box office’ during its Toronto run. An alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab, Berlin Talents, and the Torino Labs, Jaye is currently adapting Martha Baillie’s novel The Incident Report. She is an adjunct professor at Ryerson University and pursuing her MFA at York University.
Jill Carter was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and has an extensive background as a script supervisor along with a keen interest in all forms of the arts. She is interested in uniting people of all ages through thoughtful universal experiences. Carter’s first short film as director, Moment (06), screened in film festivals around the world. Following two more successful short films, Ninety-One (10) and Little Larry (11), which was nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada Award, she has gone on to direct episodes of such television shows as the CW’s Beauty & the Beast and CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries.
Sophie Goyette is the writer and filmmaker of five award-winning short films that have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, and Locarno. Her fourth film, La Ronde (11), premiered at Locarno, was selected for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, received a Genie Award nomination, and won six prizes, including Best Short Fiction Award, at Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. Goyette’s short Le Futur Proche (12) won the National Award for its world premiere at Regard Saguenay, was selected in the international competition at the 2013 Sundance Festival, and received a Canadian Screen Award Nomination, along with six prizes in festivals.
Born in San luis Potosí, Mexico, raised in Mexico City. Alejandra studied filmmaking at Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya in Barcelona. She has written for film and tv. Her short, 5 Memories visited over 140 festivals. With Mal de tierra she explored documentary film. Semana santa her first feature film, premiered at TIFF 2015 and has been screened in festivals like SXSW and Karlovy Vary. She is currently working on her next feature script.
Born in Limassol Cyprus, Myrsini is an award winning writer and director, currently receiving her MFA in film production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 2013, she completed her BFA at Pratt Institute. Her latest award winning short film Semele (TIFF, Berlinale) won the Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the Berlinale Generation Kplus. Myrsini published her first photography book Mother India. All proceeds were donated to Doctors without Borders.
Mateo Bendesky, from Buenos Aires, studied Film Direction at the Universidad del Cine. Acá adentro (In here), his debut feature, screened in competition at Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, among others. He participated in the feature film development lab at the Universidad del Cine. His short film El ser magnético (The Magnetic Nature) took part in the competition at BAFICI, Cannes Film Festival and TIFF. He is currently developing Limbo, his second feature.
Anwar Boulifa is an award winning filmmaker and published poet from the UK. A Short Guide to Re-Entry was his first foray into drama and it went on to win both the Bill Douglas Award and the Audience Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016. His second film Templates made in conjunction with Film London and the BFI Network is currently on the festival circuit. He has two feature films in development.
BA in Audiovisual Arts from the University of Guadalajara (México). She has worked in both Classical Animation and Art Direction and participated in Berlin Talents 2014 and Mexicannes 2014, at GIFF. Her works have screened at Sundance, Chicago, Sitges, Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, Habana Cuba, and Tricky Women. Made with the support of the Mexican Institute of Cinematography, her current project Cerulia (stop motion) is in post-production.
Bryn Chainey is a British-Australian director and screenwriter currently based in Sydney. Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 2006, he has directed short films which have screened in over 100 festivals including Berlin, Palm Springs and Edinburgh. His work explores family, imagination, mortality, and the absurd. His debut feature script received a World Production Award at the 2015 Torino Film Lab and is currently in development with the support of Screen Australia.
Youngest ever Resident of the Canadian Film Centre Directors Lab, Slater Jewell-Kemker has been making films since she was six. An award winning filmmaker, climate activist and beekeeper, Slater has been featured by Forbes twice: for her environmental documentary An Inconvenient Youth, and for her short Still which explores domestic violence and infatuation. Still premiered at TIFF as part of the Canada's Top Ten Festival. She is currently in development on her debut feature Antibodies.
Meryam Joobeur is a Tunisian filmmaker based in Montréal. She received a BFA in film production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Her first documentary, Gods, Weeds & Revolutions (2012), won the Colin Low Award at the 2014 DOXA Vancouver Documentary Festival. Joobeur was invited to the Ciné Institute, where she directed the short documentary Rév in collaboration with students and graduates from the Institute. Her first short, Two Worlds (2015), is currently in distribution.
Jesse Klein is a filmmaker from Montréal. Klein holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Austin and was an Assistant Professor of Film and New Media at Middle Georgia State University. Klein was recently selected to the Berlinale Talents program as a director. His film We’re Still Together recently premiered as an Official Selection at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Frieda Luk directed two films that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival: American Sisyphus (2012), and, most recently, The Encounter (2014). As a screenwriter, her short screenplay Delicacy won HBO's Project Greenlight filmmaking competition in 2014 and was screened at major festivals, including the Telluride Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. She received her MFA in Directing at Columbia University in 2015.
Zamo Mkhwanazi, a filmmaker working between Johannesburg, South Africa and Switzerland, is part of the first generation of black female directors from South Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town. Her shorts, The Call and Gallo Rojo, have screened at Clermont-Ferrand, TIFF, and Cannes. Mkhwanazi was the Head Writer of the series Ya Lla and has written more than a 100 hours of television. She is currently developing her first feature, Laundry.
Caroline Monnet is from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied communication and sociology at the University of Ottawa. Her films include the shorts Warchild (10), Gephyrophobia (12), Roberta (14), and Tshiuetin (16).
Martín Morgenfeld, from Argentina, finished his studies at Universidad del Cine and Escuela Metropolitana de Arte Dramático in Buenos Aires. Three of his short films premiered in Cannes apart from being selected and awarded in numerous festivals including Toronto, San Sebastián, Rotterdam, Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires. He has participated in Biennale College Cinema, Berlinale Talents and Tres Puertos Cine. He is now developing his first feature film project.
Reem Morsi’s film credits include Their Feast (Cannes Short Film Corner, TIFF, BBC, Cine Sud) and Nostalgia (WIFT 2015). A CFC Directors’ Lab alumna, Morsi received a scriptwriting grant for her feature film Bootleg. Morsi's short scripts were finalists for Robert Bosch Film Fund (Berlin Film Festival) in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and she participated in the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus and Women in the Director’s Chair.
Mark Noonan is a filmmaker based in Dublin and Paris. His debut feature film entitled You're Ugly Too and starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) was nominated for Best Debut Feature at the Berlinale. The film won awards at the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh, the 2015 Skip City International Festival in Tokyo, the 2015 Athens International Film Festival, and the 2016 Boston Irish Film Festival. Mark is now developing his second feature film, Tyger, Tyger.
Randall Okita is a Canadian visual artist and filmmaker whose work includes elements of sculpture and technology. His shorts have won awards in Berlin, New York and Los Angeles and featured complex stunts and original large-scale artwork. His short, The Weatherman and The Shadowboxer, was awarded best Canadian Short at TIFF last year. Randall’s feature film The Lockpicker was created through an innovative production methodology developed to collaborate with students in the making of film.
Ben Petrie is a Toronto-based writer and director. His most recent film, Her Friend Adam (16), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kelton Stepanowich is a self-taught independent filmmaker from Fort McMurray, Alberta. Gods Acre (16) is his first short film.
Polish filmmaker based in Warsaw. Studied directing at the University of Silesia in Katowice, and psychology at the University of Wroclaw. She has made 3 shorts films, Chicken, All Souls’ Day and America, and a documentary, Czech Swan, which have been shown at over 140 festivals all over the world, which have been shown at over 140 festivals all over the world, including Edinburgh and Clermont-Ferrand.
Joyce Wong is a writer and director who approaches her work in an intimate but satirical manner, infusing the stories of her own experiences with a sharp wit and tongue-in-cheek comedy. Her previous films include: The Power of Love (Hot Docs, 2010), and Embodying Toronto, which won WIFT-T’s Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus and recently completed her first feature, Wexford Plaza.
With fifteen feature films and related projects, Atom Egoyan has won numerous awards including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (the Grand Prix, International Critics Awards and Ecumenical Jury Prizes), two Academy Award nominations, eight Genie Awards, prizes from the National Board of Review and an award for Best International Adaptation at The Frankfurt Book Fair. His films have been presented in numerous retrospectives across the globe and fourteen have played at the Festival.
Jim Stark is an independent American producer who has been involved in writing, developing, financing, producing, selling, distributing and marketing low budget fiction feature films since 1983. His films have won numerous prizes and been selected to premiere in such major festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance and Toronto and have been exhibited theatrically and broadcast on television in countries around the world.
Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including Carol (nominated for six Academy Awards), Far From Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards), Still Alice (Academy Award winner), Boys Don’t Cry (Academy Award winner), One Hour Photo, Kids, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol, Camp, Swoon, and I’m Not There (Academy Award nominated).