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Canada's Top Ten

Thursday, January 14

 

Irish-Canadian co-production Room, the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival’s People's Choice Award winner, has been building momentum as one of the strong award contenders of the year. Find out from the team behind the powerful film on the road to bring this novel to life and how Canada played an important role in its success.

 
David Gross - The acclaimed release of Room has solidified the presence of producers David Gross and Jesse Shapira's No Trace Camping production company as a cutting edge filmmaking presence to watch. Gross and Shapira first gained international attention in 2012 with the release of Goon. Based on the first piece of material they ever optioned, a true story of the same name, Goon debuted as the highest grossing film in Canada during its opening weekend and went on to earn over 4M at the Canadian box office, making it the highest grossing Canadian film of 2012. They followed up the success of Goon by optioning the Black Listed relationship-comedy What If, selling out worldwide rights for eOne, with CBS Films securing the US release. Looking to 2016, they are set to launch two films, with the first is based on a sci-fi short film optioned in collaboration with 21 Laps, with the second project as a prestige project based on a New York Times bestselling novel.
 
Adrian Love is currently the Senior Vice President of Marketing and Acquisitions at Elevation Pictures.  Previously he served as the VP of Distribution and Operations at Entertainment One Films and the VP of Marketing and Acquisitions at Alliance Films.  Having worked in the Canadian independent film space for over a decade, Mr. Love has released of hundreds of Canadian and International films.


 
Ethan Tobman was born in Montreal Canada and lives in and works in NY and LA. His work as production designer spans the gamut of film, television, commercials, live shows and music videos. His recent work includes Fox Searchlight's upcoming Wilson, based on the graphic novel by Daniel Clowes and starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, Room, based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue starring Brie Larson, Fox TV’s The Grinder starring Rob Lowe and Fred Savage and The Benefactor starring Richard Gere.
 
Johanna Schneller is one of North America’s leading freelance journalists specializing in entertainment features. She has profiled the most prominent actors of our time – among them, Julia Roberts, Johnny Depp, Diane Keaton, Brad Pitt, Julianne Moore, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jeff Bridges, Liam Neeson, Robert Downey, Jr. and Nicole Kidman. Her cover stories have appeared in a variety of major magazines, including In Style, Premiere, Vanity Fair, Ladies Home Journal and More. She was a senior writer in the Los Angeles bureau of GQ magazine from 1990 to 1994.

Canadian filmmakers continue to evolve and challenge the status quo of genre filmmaking, expanding the conversation by cleverly blending different visual styles, aesthetics and tropes while paying homage to traditional genre elements - altogether, crafting a uniquely eerie-horrific-humorous-shocking mode of expression that leave audiences wanting more. This panel explores why and how such an approach to filmmaking works and what implications daring expectations have on the creative process.

 
Nick DenBoer is a video artist, animator, editor, director, music composer, and remixer from Toronto. His work is a special brand of comedy filled with visual effects and editing trickery. This past year, Nick co-directed and created The Chickening -- A short film / poultry infused remix of The Shining, which premiered at TIFF in September. Nick has spent the past few years writing, directing and producing comedy bits for CONAN on TBS where he helped shape the show with his cutting edge technical comedy style. Nick's unique work has found its way onto many TV shows and garnered much viral success on the web. (website)  
 
Steven McCarthy is an acclaimed actor, director, and musician. A graduate of The National theatre school of Canada’s prestigious acting programme, he returned to the school in 2010 as the sole candidate selected for a unique, one-year directing intensive. Since then productions such as BlissMalaria Lullaby, and Boblo, which combined elements of circus, dance, trapeze, and rock and roll,  have earned him acclaim across the country. In film and television he has played a wide variety of leading roles for such directors as Guillermo del Toro, Ken Finkelman, Kate Melville and Robert Harmon in productions as diverse as The Strain, HBO Canada’s Good God, the indie hit Picture Day, and A&E’s The Crossing. The ElastoCitizens, McCarthy's epic ten-piece funk band, are cult favourites on the Toronto indie music scene. As one of the stars of The Steps, an ensemble comedy that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2015, McCarthy shares the screen with Christine Lahti, James Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Jason Ritter. O NEGATIVE, which he wrote, directed, performs in and produced, is his first film.  
 
Laura Perlmutter is an award winning film, television and digital media producer committed to creating innovative, original content. After attending the Canadian Film Centre’s Producers Lab program in 2011 Perlmutter co-founded First Love Films with Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith. Her work has shown internationally with distinction and awards. Perlmutter is alumnus of TIFF Studio, Berlinale Talents, and Trans Atlantic Partners. She has produced two feature films — Don't Get Killed in Alaska (2014) and A Trip to the Island (2014) — and recently launched the fantasy multiplatform series Riftworld Chronicles on CBC in Canada and ConTV in the US.
 
The Soska Sisters arare Canadian Twin Sister directors, writers, producers, and game show hosts of Hellevator, the Soska Sisters broke into the scene with their DIY indie sensation Dead Hooker In A Trunk. The Twins went on to follow up their break through indie gem with the accomplished and genre defining American Mary that placed horror icon Katharine Isabelle in the title role of Mary Mason, a medical student who gets drawn into the world of body modification and underground surgeries. Other films include See No Evil 2Vendetta, and ABCs of Death 2. Always ones to push boundaries, the Twins are known for reversing gender roles in their films and are loudly outspoken about LGBTQ rights.
 
Colin Geddes is a programmer with the Toronto International Film Festival since 1998, Geddes’ additional programming efforts have included the Asian rep theatre Golden Classics Cinema, TIFF Cinematheque, FantAsia Toronto, ActionFest in Asheville, North Carolina, and he is currently the head curator at Shudder, a new horror cinema SVOD from AMC Networks. In 2004 he founded Ultra 8 Pictures, using his strong understanding of international festivals and genre cinema to help filmmakers and bring offbeat international films to Canada and the world. Together with his wife Katarina Gligorijević, Geddes programs The Royal, a restored art deco cinema in downtown Toronto.
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Since its founding, Secret Location has been using emerging platforms and traditional story-telling techniques to present one-of-a-kind experiences. They are reinventing the way we interact with technology and raising the standards on what to expect. Join us as James Milward, President and Executive Producer of Secret Location, discuss the challenges and opportunities of content that breaks the mould.

 
James Milward is the founder of the two time Emmy and Cannes Lion Award-winning content studio for emerging platforms, Secret Location, and a regular speaker on the merging worlds of digital advertising, interactive entertainment, and branded content. In just seven short years, James has grown Secret Location into a world-class creative and production studio with a full-time team of sixty and offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. Recently Secret Location became the first to win a Primetime Emmy for a Virtual Reality project, with FOX, growing it’s stellar reputation as one of the top digital entertainment shops in the world. Secret Location develops not only brand and entertainment work, but also creates it's own original technology IP, platforms and content properties. James worked extensively in TV commercial production and documentary film prior to defecting to the dark arts of interactive.
Twitter: @SecretLocation
 
Ken Price Moderator
VP Product Management and Development - Mobile Division, Samsung 

Ken Price is the Vice President, Product Management & Development for the Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics Canada. He is responsible for all aspects of the Product Marketing, content and services development and technical certification for Canadian mobile products. The portfolio includes the Galaxy smartphones and tablets as well as the growing line up of Gear wearables and accessories that provide Samsung customers with a unique ecosystem of experiences. Having joined Samsung Canada in April 2010, he has been instrumental in helping SECA’s Mobile division achieve the #1 position in consumer preference and market share. Prior to joining Samsung, Ken held various marketing leadership roles at Cisco Systems, Bell Canada, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq Computers, as well as having been a Principal at Digital Cement, a Toronto based marketing agency specializing in interactive channels. Ken holds an HBA from the Ivey School at Western, where he started his career as a Lecturer.

These sessions are open to Canadian filmmakers, writers, producers, distributors and film students.

Attendees of the Industry Sessions can also visit our Samsung VR Lounge, where you can try on the new Samsung Gear VR sets and experience Virtual Reality in person! The Lounge will be open on Thursday January 14 from 2pm - 7pm and Friday January 15 from 12pm - 3:30pm.

These events are at capacity and registration is now closed.

 

 

Professional Development

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.

Directors with strong screenwriting skills may be eligible for TIFF’s new Len Blum Residency programme.

Talent Lab is an artistic development programme that provides emerging directors with an unparalleled education experience and an introduction to the global community of filmmaking. Over a five-day period during the Toronto International Film Festival, participants have the opportunity to interact with and learn from internationally acclaimed filmmakers. Using the Festival’s outstanding relationships with world-class filmmakers, Talent Lab fulfills a tremendous need in the industry, providing invaluable and incomparable artistic mentorship to a new generation of filmmakers. Talent Lab is a TIFF Industry initiative.

2016 Talent Lab will take place from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 September 2016. Applications will open in Spring 2016.
...have included: Olivier Assayas, Jennifer Baichwal, Ramin Bahrani, Danny Boyle, Lee Daniels, Claire Denis, Ava DuVernay, Miranda July, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Sandra Oh, Michael Ondaatje, the late Bingham Ray, Jason Reitman, Gus Van Sant, Jim Stark, Danis Tanovic, Stephen Woolley and Edgar Wright.
...have included Darren Aronofsky, Juliette Binoche, Edward Burns, Jane Campion, Laurent Cantet, David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuarón, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Brian DePalma, Atom Egoyan, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Davis Guggenheim, Paul Haggis, Michael Hanecke, Neil Jordan, Nadine Labaki, Mike Leigh, Kim Longinotto, Guy Maddin, Steve McQueen, Fernando Meirelles, Mike Mills, Gaspar Noé, Ruben Ostlund, Sarah Polley, Nicolas Winding Refn, John Sayles, Jean-Marc Vallée, Frederick Wiseman and Michael Winterbottom; and producers Ted Hope, Aamir Khan, Robert Lantos, James Schamus, Tilda Swinton and Christine Vachon.
Talent Lab offers an incredible learning and professional development opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. In addition, participants can expect the following:
  • All selected participants will receive an Industry Pass for the Festival.
  • Should a selected participants place of residence be beyond 50 km from Toronto, Talent Lab will provide accommodations in a downtown hotel for participation in the programme.
  • Talent Lab will provide lunch on the four main days of the Lab, from September 9 to 12. Participants will also be invited to two networking cocktails and one Talent Lab Dinner.
  • IMPORTANT: Talent Lab does not cover travel costs for selected participants. Flights, train rides, etc. are the responsibility of the participants.

View 2015 Talent Lab Participants


Questions about Talent Lab should be directed to industry@tiff.net .


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The Slaight Family Foundation
Launched in 2011, TIFF Rising Stars showcases new Canadian acting talent at the Toronto International Film Festival. To showcase the next generation of Canadian actors poised for international careers, TIFF Rising Stars draws homegrown talent into the spotlight provided by the annual September Festival. Alumni include Sarah Allen, Katie Boland, Evelyne Brochu, Deragh Campbell, Charlie Carrick, Sophie Desmarais, Cara Gee, Sarah Gadon, Stephan James, Connor Jessup, Shannon Kook, Alexandre Landry, Tatiana Maslany, Keon Mohajeri, Megan Park, Aliocha Schneider, Johnathan Sousa, Julia Sarah Stone, Charlotte Sullivan and Karelle Tremblay.

The initiative immerses four selected actors in a series of public events and private industry meetings at the Festival. They receive intensive professional development with international casting directors, filmmakers, producers and development executives. Moreover, the Stars are front-row centre at some of the biggest red-carpet events at the Festival. Conducted over three exciting days, TIFF Rising Stars is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting Canadian cinema and talent on the world stage, and is a TIFF Industry initiative.


Applications will be open in Spring 2016.

Questions about Rising Stars should be directed to industry@tiff.net.
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Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation
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Presented by TIFF Industry, Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! will return for its 17th 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.

Congratulations to Laura Perlmutter and Daniel Perlmutter, the 2015 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! winning pitch team for Demonolatry!
Each team will pitch their polished ideas to a live audience of over 250 Industry delegates. A jury of Industry experts will review the pitches and the projects and choose a winner. The winning team will receive $15,000 to assist with the development of their feature film idea.

The winning team will be required to include the following credit line and the logo of the Toronto International Film Festival in their film credits: "This film was made possible in part through Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! at the Toronto International Film Festival."


Applications will be open in Spring 2016.

Questions about Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! should be directed to industry@tiff.net.
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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.

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.

Filmmaker Boot Camp takes place in early August and is invite only.

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The Ontario Media Development Corporation's International Financing Forum (IFF) is a feature film co-financing event at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Canadian and international feature film producers are invited to apply. Registration is free but competitive, with final selection based on the company's track record and the project's suitability.

For more information about IFF and application guidelines, see here.
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Producers Lab Toronto (PLT) is an international co-production forum delivered through a partnership between TIFF Industry, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and European Film Promotion (EFP).

The sixth edition of Producers Lab Toronto was held during the Toronto International Film Festival from September 9–12, 2015. Ten producers each from Europe and Canada join with four participants from Australia and New Zealand at the Festival, to exchange ideas and information on funding and co-production on both sides of the Atlantic and Down Under.

In 2015 the 24 participants took part in pitching sessions, case studies, roundtables 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.

Participants of Producers Lab Toronto 2015 programme had prior co-production experience and high-quality projects in the pipeline which were of interest to the international market. Europeans were selected by EFP from the alumni of their Cannes-based networking platform, Producers On The Move. Canadian producers were selected by OMDC and TIFF from an open call across Canada, while Screen Australia and New Zealand Film Commission each selected two participants from their countries.

Producers Lab Toronto is presented by the OMDC, the Toronto International Film Festival and EFP. The event is supported by the additional partners Screen Australia and New Zealand Film Commission, as well as by Telefilm Canada, Eurimages and associated EFP member organisations.
European participants:
Adis Djapo, SCCA (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Ivo Felt, Allfilm (Estonia)
Eva Jakobsen, Snowglobe (Denmark)
Hlín Johannesdóttir, Vintage Pictures (Iceland)
Hanan Kattan, Enlightenment Productions (UK)
Nathalie Lichtenthaeler, Wide Eye Films (Ireland)
Floor Onrust, Family Affair Films (The Netherlands)
Silvia Panáková, Arina (Slovak Republic)
Edmon Roch, Ikiru Films (Spain)
Peter Rommel, Rommel Film (Germany)

Canadian participants:
Bob Crowe, Angel Entertainment Corp.
Chantelle Kadyschuk, No Trace Camping Productions
Kaleena Kiff, Radius Squared Media Group
Jane Loughman, Monkeys & Parrots
Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, First Love Films
Marie-Claude Poulin, Item 7
Julia Rosenberg, January Films
Simone Urdl, The Film Farm
Barbara Willis Sweete, Willis Sweete Productions
Arnie Zipursky, CCI Entertainment

Australian participants:
Raquelle David, Damsel Pictures
Rebecca Summerton, Closer Productions

New Zealand's participants:
Alexander Behse, Monsoon Pictures International
Leanne Saunders, Piki Films
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Celebrating vision and entrepreneurship, the Canadian Media Production Association's Feature Film Producer's Award is presented annually to an outstanding independent Canadian producer with a Canadian feature at the Festival.

The Award recognizes the creativity and tenacity of Canadian producers while promoting the Canadian film and television industry as a whole. It is presented on the opening day of the Festival and comes with a cash prize of $10,000 CAD.

Congratulations to the producer of Remember, Robert Lantos, for winning the 2015 CMPA Producer’s Award!

Sylvain Corbeil, Les êtres chers 
Production Company: metafilms
Filmography: Félix and Meira, Mommy (Associate Producer), Joy of Man’s Desiring, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Head Down, Diego Star, Longuay, Bestaire, The Torrent, Nuit #1, Laurentia, Tromper le silence, Curling, Carcasses, All That She Wants, Napo
 
David Hamilton, Beeba Boys
Production Company: Hamilton Mehta Productions
Filmography: Midnight’s Children ,Cooking with StellaHeaven on EarthThe Forgotten WomanWaterBollywood Hollywood, Lunch with Charles, EarthFire

Robert Lantos, Remember
Production Company: Serendipity Point Films
Filmography: The Right Kind of Wrong, Barney’s Version, Eastern Promises, Adoration, Fugitive Pieces, Where the Truth Lies, Being Julia, The Statement, Ararat, Men With Brooms, Picture Claire, Stardom, Sunshine, Felicia’s Journey, ExistenZ, Strike, The Sweet Hereafter, Crash, Never Talk To Strangers, Johnny Mnemonic, Whale Music, Black Robe, Joshua Then and Now, Night Magic, Separate Vacations, Bedroom Eyes, Heavenly Bodies, Scandale, Paradise, Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid, Suzanne, Agency, In Praise of Older Women, L’Ange et la Femme

Kim McCraw, Endorphine, My Internship in Canada
Production Company: micro_scope
Filmography: You’re Sleeping Nicole, All That We Make, Enemy, Whitewash, Gabrielle, Inch’ Allah, Monsieur Lazhar, Familiar Grounds, Incendies, It’s Not Me, I Swear, Continental, Congorama, Familia, Orrdinaire ou super, Snooze

Laura J. Milliken, Fire Song
Production Company: Big Soul Productions Inc.
Filmography: Moccasin Flats: Redemption, Mohawk Midnight Runners, The Smoke Shack, Go Get Dad, The GardenTotem, Good Looking, I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind, 133 Skyway, Laurel, Moccasin Flats

 

 

Key Dates

January 14, 2016
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival - Industry Sessions
February 18, 2016
TIFF Kids Industry Registration Opens
March 10, 2016
TIFF Kids Early-Bird Industry Registration Pricing Ends
March 30, 2016
TIFF Kids Industry Registration Closes
April 18-20, 2016
TIFF Kids Industry Conference
April 8-24, 2016
TIFF Kids International Film Festival
May 5, 2016
Online Industry Registration Opens for TIFF 2016
June 14, 2016
Early-Bird Pricing Ends
August 26, 2016
Online Industry Registration Closes
September 6, 2016
On-Site Indusry Registration Opens and Pass Pick-Up Begins
September 8 - 18, 2016
Toronto International Film Festival
 

2015 Festival Passes

All passes, with the exception of Doc Conference, include fluid access to our Industry Conferences, Industry Happy Hour Cocktails, Industry Venues, Xerox Business Centre, Press & Industry Screening Library, Online Delegate Resources, including a membership to Cinando and Festival Scope, and Rush Only access to Public Screenings. Exclusive passes are subject to additional approvals.

For a taste of what we offer, please check out our Industry Resources or refer to last year's Industry Conference.

Doc Conference

$245+HST

On-site September 8–19

This one-day pass gives access to Doc Conference panels and networking events from the most innovative players currently working in documentaries.
Conference

$535+HST

On-site September 8–19

The pass is ideal for emerging filmmakers, writers, producers, and film students. Includes additional RUSH Only access to Press & Industry screenings.
Industry

$745+HST

On-site September 8–19

Our most popular pass provides fluid access to our Press & Industry screenings, and additional secondary access to P&I Priority screenings.
Film Rep

$780+HST

On-site September 8–19

Exclusive Pass for producers and sales agents who are representing a film in the 2015 Festival Official Selection. Includes access to Press & Industry screenings, P&I Priority screenings and ONE public screening ticket per day from our Industry Box Office.
Premium

$940+HST

On-site September 8–19

Exclusive Pass for established film professionals with a direct interest in sales, acquisitions, film festival programming and financing with access to Press & Industry screenings, Secondary access to P&I Priority screenings, and TWO public tickets per day from our Industry Box Office.
Buyers

$1030+HST

On-site September 8–19

Exclusive Pass for buyers, distributors, and acquisition executives. Access to Press & Industry screenings, P&I Priority screenings, Buyers' Lounge and FOUR public tickets per day from our Industry Box Office.
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