Toronto Film Fest 2009: Talent Lab Governors

The Toronto International Film Festival today unveiled four internationally acclaimed members of the film industry who have agreed to serve as governors at the 6th annual TIFF Talent Lab. 

Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire), prominent Canadian director and actor Don McKellar (Blindness), acclaimed director and performing artist Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know) and celebrated novelist and screenwriter John Collee (Creation) will all be serving as governors at this year’s Talent Lab, which runs from September 9 to 12. Today’s announcement was made at an event celebrating the launch of RBC’s Emerging Filmmakers Competition, open to all participants in the Talent Lab. The Festival runs from September 10 to 19, 2009.


“Once again, we are thrilled to have a group of immensely talented and diverse governors for this year’s Talent Lab,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “The support we receive from the international film industry for Talent Lab ensures that year after year, we can continue to nurture and develop the next generation of filmmakers.”


Talent Lab is a four-day intensive programme that offers artistic development opportunities to 25 emerging filmmakers. During the programme, participants get the opportunity to interact with and learn from internationally acclaimed filmmakers, artists and industry professionals.


The governors donate four days of their time during the Festival to mentoring filmmakers, offering unique viewpoints and inspiring participants and guests alike with their approaches to film. In addition to spending quality time with all participants, the governors also lead discussions with many of the guests. (Governor biographies attached.)


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