Three-person international jury will be composed of legendary directors Brian De Palma and Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and acclaimed actor Zhang Ziyi
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Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a "festival of festivals" — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as "the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive." *
*Liam Lacey, The Globe and Mail, September 3, 2005.
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Brian De Palma was born in Newark, New Jersey, and attended Sarah Lawrence College in New York. His feature films include Greetings (68), The Wedding Party (69), Hi Mom! (70), Obsession (76), Dressed to Kill (80), Blow Out (81), Scarface (83), Body Double (84), The Untouchables (87), Casualties of War (89), Carlito’s Way (93), Mission: Impossible (96), and The Black Dahlia (06). His films Sisters (73), Carrie (76), The Fury (78), Femme Fatale (02), Redacted (07), and Passion (12) have all screened at the Festival. This year, TIFF Cinematheque presented a retrospective of his work called Split/Screen: The Cinema of Brian De Palma.
Zhang Ziyi was born in Beijing, China. Her many acting credits include Ang Lee’s Academy Award–winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (00), Hero (02), House of Flying Daggers (04), Memoirs of a Geisha (05), for which she received Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046 (05), and The Grandmaster (13). Zhang will also be participating in the In Conversation With… series at the Festival this year.
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun was born in Abéché, Chad. His films Dry Season (06) and A Screaming Man (10) played the Festival. His other features include Bye-bye Africa (99), Our Father (02), and Grigris (13). Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy (16) is his latest feature.
Luc Déry is a Canadian producer and founder of micro_scope. He has produced or co-produced numerous films, including A Problem with Fear (03), Tiresia (03), Familia (05), Congorama (06), Continental, un film sans fusil (07), C’est pas moi, je le jure! (08), Denis Villeneuve’s Academy Award nominated Incendies (10), and Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar (11). His recent productions include Philippe Falardeau’s Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre (15) and André Turpin’s Endorphine (15).
Anita Lee is an executive producer at the National Film Board of Canada. Her recent productions include The Deeper They Bury Me (14), Highrise: Universe Within (15), Invention (15), The Apology (16). She produced Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell (12), which won the Rogers Toronto Critics Prize for Best Canadian Film, Best Documentary Feature at the Canadian Screen Awards, and Best Non-Fiction Film by the New York Film Critics Circle. Lee is also the founder of Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.
Hal Niedzviecki is a Canadian novelist, nonfiction writer, and screen writer. He is the author of 11 books of fiction and non-fiction, including most recently Trees on Mars: Our Obsession with the Future and The Archaeologists, a novel.
Mina Shum was born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. A writer and director, her feature films include Double Happiness (94), Drive, She Said (97), and Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity (02), all of which premiered at the Festival. Her first feature documentary, Ninth Floor (15), was included in the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival and awarded the Women in Film and Television Vancouver Artistic Merit Award.
Abteen Bagheri is a writer and director from Los Angeles, CA. He has directed music videos for A$AP Rocky and Blood Orange, and commercials for Nike, Taco Bell, Smart Car, and Volvo. His work has screened at Sundance, SXSW, and on television networks worldwide.
Jeff Barnaby is a Mi’gmaq filmmaker from Listuguj, Quebec. His short films have played in numerous festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Fantasia, and Vancouver. His film The Colony (07) was selected by the Festival as one of Canada’s Top Ten shorts. His debut feature, Rhymes for Young Ghouls (13), screened at TIFF and was selected for the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.
Eva Husson was born and raised in France, where she received her M.A. in English literature from the Sorbonne before pursuing a M.F.A. at the American Film Institute. Her short films include Hope to Die (04) and Those For Whom It’s Always Complicated (13). Her debut feature Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) (15) premiered at the Festival.
Jeannette Paulson Hereniko is a film producer for Te Maka Productions and selects films for world-wide educational distribution for Alexander Street. She was the Hawaii International Film Festival’s Founding Director and the first Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival. A founding member of NETPAC, she now serves on NETPAC’s Advisory Board.
Bina Paul is Regional Director of LV Prasad Film and TV Academy. An alumna of the prestigious Film and TV Institute of India, Bina has been working as a film editor for the last 20 years. She was the former Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala and a Senior Editor at the Center for the Development of Imaging Technology. She served as Vice President on the NETPAC Executive Board.
Sabrina Baracetti was born in Udine and studied Human Arts at the University of Trieste, with a thesis focused on cinema studies. She was the President of Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche and founder and President of its Far East Film Festival. She is Head of Sales at Tucker Film, which specializes in the distribution of Asian films in Italy.
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