TIFF 2010: Industry programming

August 17, 2010 – Industry Programmes at the 35th Toronto International Film Festival continue to develop and support the Canadian film industry via networking and career-development initiatives. This year’s programming explores the diverse worlds of 3D, gaming and non-fiction filmmaking and includes conversations about funding, distribution, marketing and representation. The Festival welcomes industry professionals including filmmakers John Sayles (AMIGO) and Dustin Lance Black (Milk, What’s Wrong With Virginia), producer Jon Landau (Titanic, Avatar) and a special conversation between documentary titans Werner Herzog and Errol Morris. New this year, the Festival throws open the doors to the Filmmakers’ Lounge, a new hub of activity that will host Festival delegates and offer a variety of industry activities, networking opportunities and entertainment.

The Festival also presents Master Class with Robert Lantos and two new programmes: Moguls and Focus On… Returning programmes include Meet With…, Doc Conference and Doc Roundtables. 




Filmmakers’ Lounge is a meeting space for Festival filmmakers and industry professionals. Formerly the Match Club, this year Filmmakers’ Lounge takes on a new name and a new location. Filmmakers’ Lounge will host industry panels and sessions including Doc Roundtables and Meet With… Featuring free WIFI, a Computer and Gaming Corner and music from some of the city’s most eclectic DJs, not to mention a daily Happy Hour (September 10-17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), Filmmakers’ Lounge is a meeting and greeting spot open to all Festival delegates. International industry consultants, specializing in sales, festivals and production will be available on-site to help set up meetings and offer advice. This year’s consultants include Hayet Benkara, Nancy Collet, Slava Rubin, Sonja Heinen and Harris E. Tulchin. Filmmakers’ Lounge runs from Thursday, September 9 through Saturday, September 18, from 9 a.m. until late into the night, and is located at 134 Peter Street. Catering is provided by Lolita’s Lust.



This Master Class is an exclusive opportunity for emerging filmmakers, film students and industry delegates to learn from renowned Canadian producer Robert Lantos (Sunshine, Being Julia, Barney’s Version). Lantos’ films appeal to audiences and critics alike and have met with commercial success. Toronto Star columnist Martin Knelman will interview Lantos live on stage. Master Class with Robert Lantos will take place Thursday, September 16, at 12 p.m. in TIFF Bell Lightbox.



Meet With… is a series of informal and intimate information sessions on the hottest topics in today’s film industry. The sessions provide attendees with an opportunity to gain insight into the fundamentals of the business and craft of filmmaking from seasoned industry professionals. Meet With… is open to all Sales & Industry and Guest Relations Pass holders and runs from Friday, September 10 through to Thursday, September 16, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Filmmakers’ Lounge.Meet With… sessions include:


Buzz: If You Build It, They Will Come

Filmmakers, production companies, distributors. Everybody’s trying to find alternative ways of building buzz around their films. But how do you get a cool trailer or film stunt made and then have it permeate the web and resonate? How do you market without a marketing budget? Who is your target audience and how do you tap into it?

Ingrid Hamilton – Publicist, GAT 

Rob Stefaniuk – Director of Suck and Phil the Alien 

Matt Toner – Founder, Zeros 2 Heroes 

Mark Woolen – Founder, Mark Woolen and Associates 

MODERATOR: Christian Gaines – Director of Film Festival Strategy, IMDB


Finding Film Funding

Representatives from some of Canada’s leading funding agencies gather to unlock mysteries and complexities involved in getting funding help for filmmakers. What do you need to do to make your application stand out?

Stéphanie Azam – Head of English-Language Feature Film, Telefilm Canada

Carole Vivier – Chief Executive Officer, Manitoba Film and Sound 

MODERATOR: John Galway – President, Astral The Harold Greenberg Fund

*Additional guest speakers to be announced


Do It With Others: Get Your Film Seen

The unlimited potential of the Internet and VOD has made websites the desired platform for film distribution. What are the pros and cons of the Do-It-Yourself Distribution model?

Christopher Horton – Head of Acquisitions, Cinetic Media Rights Management 

Matthew Kurtin – Acquisitions Manager, Go Digitial 

Stéphanie Röckmann-Portier – Head of Sales, D360 

MODERATOR: Slava Rubin – CEO and co-founder, IndieGoGo


Instant Producers

Online crowd-funding and crowd-sourcing brings filmmakers in direct contact with their audience, who become investors in their films and, by default, co-producers. The practicality of this new wave of fundraising is examined as well as the effect it has on the filmmaker/audience relationship.

Charles-Marie Antonioz – Producer of Trash Humpers 

Eugene Hernandez – Editor-in-chief and co-founder, IndieWire 

Slava Rubin – CEO and co-founder, IndieGoGo 

Peter Wintonick – Filmmaker 

Rutger Wolfson – Artistic Director, International Film Festival Rotterdam MODERATOR: Mike Goodridge – Editor, Screen International


Talk to my Agent

This is an opportunity for filmmakers and artists to engage in a discussion with agents from some of the biggest agencies in the business, as well as a veteran casting agent, about representation, packaging film projects, gaining access to talent and more.

Jason Knight – Casting Director, John Buchan Associates

Ellia Infascelli – Head of International Division, WME 

Richard Klubeck – Co-head, Independent Film Group, UTA


Do you like to watch? (Indies)

How can you catch up with the latest independent and art house movies if you missed them at TIFF or other local film festivals? Experts discuss existing alternatives and future possibilities.

Mathieu Boucher – Acquisitions Manager, MUBI 

Nikkole Denson-Randolph – VP Specialty and Alternative Content, AMC 

Robin Rhodes – Senior Manager, TIFF Film Circuit 

MODERATOR: Robin Smith – President, KinoSmith


TIFF Bell Lightbox 101 – September 14, 4 p.m. (Special session in TIFF Bell Lightbox) 

Noah Cowan, Shane Smith and Jesse Wente talk about the plans for TIFF Bell Lightbox. The public is also invited to this special Meet With… and has a chance to ask questions about all things TIFF Bell Lightbox. Special guest Guy Maddin will be on hand to talk about his commissioned new installation in the building.

Noah Cowan – Artistic Director, TIFF Bell Lightbox 

Shane Smith – Director, Public Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox 

Jesse Wente – Head of Film Programmes, TIFF Bell Lightbox 

Guy Maddin – Filmmaker, Creator of Hauntings I and II


The Screenwriters

Some of the industry’s most talented screenwriters gather for a talk on the state of the industry, their approaches and influences, the challenges of keeping their vision while making their work marketable, directing their own script and other issues relating to their craft.

John Sayles – Screenwriter and Filmmaker (AMIGO) 

Dustin Lance Black – Academy Award Winning Screenwriter (Milk, What's Wrong With Virginia) 

MODERATOR: Franklin Leonard – Development Director, Universal Pictures



FOCUS ON… – New 

New this year, Focus On… is a series of extended industry sessions designed to explore issues that are having an undeniable impact on filmmaking and the state of the film industry. Artists and experts gather to take a closer look at the effects of new trends and how they will shape the future of the business. Focus On… takes place in the Filmmakers’ Lounge.


This year’s line-up of sessions includes:


3D 4U

3D promises to be so many things to so many people, but how can it serve the independent producer and how accessible is it? This session will debunk the myths and address the controversies of the new world of 3D.

Phil Fairclough – Executive Producer of Cave of Forgotten Dreams

Munro Ferguson – Animator and Director, NFB 

Terry Horbatiuk – National Sales Manager, Professional Imaging and Display Solutions, Panasonic Canada Inc. 

Ken MacNeil – President, Creative Post, Member of 3D Flic 

James Stewart – Producer and Founder, Geneva Film Company 

MODERATOR: Brendan Christie – Playback Magazine


Get in the Game: The Worlds of Films and Gaming Collide

Video games continue their meteoric rise to the top of the entertainment universe. Along the way, the worlds of games and films have crossed paths, often colliding with both awesome and less than stellar effect. This panel session of game and film luminaries will explore this ongoing collision from various perspectives: business and market synergies; talent and tools overlap; content, design and cultural convergence (and divergence).

Special Guest: Jon Landau – Producer of Titanic, Avatar 

Jade Raymond – Managing Director, Ubisoft Toronto 

Trevor Fencott – CEO, Bedlam Games 

Ian Kelso – President, Interactive Ontario

Mare Sheppard – Metanet Independent Game Developer, Metanet 

MODERATOR: Jason Dela-Rocca – Senior Consultant, Perimeter Partners


Cinematic Bedfellows (Creative Co-producing for Consenting Independents)

Now more than ever, creative producers are looking outside their own territories to source and shoot quality material. Protectionism has been the watchword in national industries for too long but who is going to take the first step? Who is going to shape the future?

Jon Kilik – Producer of Miral and Biutiful, United States 

Jan Chapman – Producer of Bright Star, Australia 

Alex Francis – Producer of Moon, United Kingdom 

MODERATOR: Lenny Crooks, Executive Producer


Case Study: The Bang Bang Club 

The filmmaking process is stripped apart and examined – from the genesis of the project through to its ultimate completion. This case study provides invaluable insight about the development and methods of movie making.

Steven Silver – Director, The Bang Bang Club

Daniel Iron – Producer, The Bang Bang Club 

*Additional speakers to be announced




Doc Conference is an in-depth series of panels and discussions about the current landscape of documentary production, financing and distribution. Taking place on Monday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Doc Conference is open to all Guest Relations, Sales & Industry and Press delegates. Tom Perlmutter – Government Film Commissioner and Chairperson of the National Film Board (NFB) of Canada will introduce the conference.


Doc Conference panels and guest speakers include:


Filmmaker Dialogue: Werner Herzog & Errol Morris

Visionary directors Werner Herzog (Cave of Forgotten Dreams) and Errol Morris (Tabloid) enter into conversation in a Filmmaker Dialogue session. Herzog and Morris share a long history, and both have strong opinions on the craft of filmmaking.


Case Study: War Torn 1861-2010 

HBO's forthcoming documentary War Torn 1861-2010, executive produced by James Gandolfini, is an ambitious production exploring combat stress in American soldiers from the Civil War to the present. This case study takes us behind the scenes of the complex project, presenting sneak preview clips, and a discussion with the film team Jon Alpert, Ellen Goosenberg, Matthew O'Neill, Sara Bernstein and Sheila Nevins.


Director Alex Gibney (Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) will talk about the process of making non-fiction films, his prolific film output and his works in progress.


New Frontiers in Doc Distribution – Parts 1 and 2

Two panels of experts from the fields of Distribution and Marketing discuss new ways for documentary filmmakers to reach audiences including VOD, online, mobile devices and other emerging outlets.

Damon Smith – Reverse Shot, Babelgum 

Debrah Drisdell – Director General, Accessibility and Digital Enterprises, National Film Board of Canada 

Matt Dentler – Head of Marketing and Programming, Cinetic Rights Management 

James Lawler – Constellation TV 

Stephanie Bruder – Senior Director, Marketing, New Video 

Nolan Gallagher – CEO, Gravitas Ventures

*Additional speakers to be announced




Doc Roundtables offer chance for documentary filmmakers to meet with industry leaders for an informal networking session. This year’s participants will include Josh Braun (Submarine Entertainment), Ira Deutchman (Emerging Pictures), Sky Sitney (Silverdocs), Clemence Taillandier (Zeitgeist Films Ltd), Molly Thompson (A&E Indie Films), and Debra Zimmerman (Women Make Movies). Doc Roundtables will take place at the Filmmakers’ Lounge Sunday, September 12, Tuesday, September 14 and Wednesday, September 15. Two daily sessions will be held at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

*More guest speakers to be announced soon.