#TorontoInternationalFilmFestival, #JoanaVicente, #JenniferTory, #CameronBailey
Toronto, Sep 1 Canadian-Media): Appointment of Joana Vicente as new Executive Director & Co-Head of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) effective effective November 1, 2018, was announced this week by Jennifer Tory, Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors of TIFF, media reports said.
Joana Vicente/Courtesy of TIFF
“After an extensive search for a Co-Head we are thrilled to welcome Joana to the new role and to the TIFF family,” said Jennifer Tory.
“The hiring committee was deeply impressed with Joana’s combined history as a producer, a champion of independent filmmakers, and with her success in fundraising and partnerships. Her extensive knowledge of the changing global film landscape solidified the decision. The Board is confident that Joana and Cameron are the perfect duo to take TIFF into the future.”
Vicente would join Cameron Bailey and both of them would report directly to the Board of Directors of TIFF.
Cameron Bailey was announced in April as the Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF effective October1, 2018.
"Joana thinks big and thinks globally, which makes her an ideal partner," said Cameron Bailey. "She complements strategic thinking with strong relationships built over years in the not-for-profit sector, and as a film producer. Her combined expertise as a leader, a manager, and a creator will be an invaluable asset to TIFF. I'm looking forward to working together with Joana to keep TIFF at the forefront of our industry's change."
“I’ve always looked to TIFF as a prominent international platform for world cinema, with an impact that is both local and global,” said Joana Vicente. “Cameron’s artistic vision is inspiring and I look forward to working with him and with the passionate team at TIFF to expand the organization at an exciting moment in our ever-changing media landscape.”
Vicente had been serving since December 2009 as the Executive Director of the not-for-profit Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers in the United States.
IFP, a vibrant and sustainable independent storytelling community, grew enormously under the leadership of Vicente ,
IFP and TIFF are collaborating to support a positive leadership transition for both organizations, including Vicente's attending this year’s Festival in Toronto.
Vicente speaks five languages and has produced over 40 films and founded three production companies, including the first US digital production company as well as the first HD production/international distribution studio in the US.
Vicente would continue to oversee the production and execution of this year’s IFP Gotham Awards taking place November 26 in New York.
She is a recipient of the “Made in New York Award,” which recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the growth of NYC's media and entertainment industries.
TIFF an international leader in film culture, is a charitable cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September be held from Sept 6 - Sept 16.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#TIFF2018, #Feathers, #AVRockwell, #FeathersPremier, #EntertainmentWeekly
Toronto, Aug 22 (Canadian-Media): The film 'Feathers' written and directed by A. V. Rockwell, will see a world premiere at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), scheduled to run from Sept 6 to Sept 16th, media reports said.
Rockwell, an award-winning screenwriter and director from Queens, New York. created, in this film an allegorical love letter to black men and a refuge for young black boys in the film.
Elizier, at the centre of the movie, is filmed as an emotionally-dejected, young boy and a new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School For Boys, who must overcome the memories of a tragic past in order to tackle larger issues dominating his life.
The larger issues of his life includes to grow in a world where his life is considered of no worth to the whole world.
Elizier/Courtesy of TIFF2018
Her brutal yet poetical depictions of urban life addressing issues of race, family, identity, and systematic oppression has been celebrated by Entertainment Weekly.
Entertainment Weekly -- founded in 1990 is a Canadian magazine and an Arts and Entertainment media news company -- hailed Rockwell as a “rising indie filmmaker.”
Recently she was awarded a Fellowship from Sundance Institute Feature Film and has been handpicked to direct "The Gospel", a music-driven short film by singer/songwriter Alicia Keys.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Aug 16 (Canadian-Media): 11 filmmakers, including 3 major Asian filmmakers, considered as the legends and Masters of their craft have been selected for the Masters Programme for Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in this year, media reports said.
3 major Asian filmmakers included in the list this year are: Hong Sang-soo, Shinya Tsukamoto, Jia Zhang-ke.
The rest of the eight filmakers are Paolo Sorrentino, Jean-Luc Godard, Christian Petzold, Jafar Panahi, Merzak Allouache Carlos Reygadas, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, and Mike Leigh
South Korea's Hong Sang-soo's 'Hotel by the River (Gangbyun Hotel)',
Japan's Shinya Tsukamoto's 'Killing (Zan)',
China/France's Jia Zhang-ke's 'Ash Is Purest White ( Jiang Hu Er Nü)' all to be filmed in the North American Premiere.
Italian maestro Paolo Sorrentino’s comedy 'Loro' would be premiered as part of the 2018 TIFF Masters slate.
French—Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard’s 'The Image Book', to be included in the North American premiere.
German director Christian Petzold’s 'Transit', to be also included in the North American premiere.
Iranian maverick Jafar Panahi's '3 Faces' to be included in the North American Premiere.
Algerian visionary Merzak Allouache's 'Divine Wind', selected for World premiere.
Mexican master Carlos Reygadas's 'Our Time' would be included in the North American Premiere.
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan's 'The Wild Pear Tree' for the North American premiere.
British director Mike Leigh's 'Peterloo', to be a Canadian premiere.
Other filmmakers are: South Korean director Hong Sang-soo, who returns to the program with 'Hotel by the River', a black-and white-drama set in an isolated hotel during a cold winter; Chinese pioneer Jia Zhang-ke will introduce his largest production to date, 'Ash Is Purest White', a look at the rapid evolution of Chinese capitalist society explored through the romance between two mismatched people; Veteran Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto will present 'Killing', a samurai genre film set in mid-19th century Japan.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Aug 16 (Canadian-Media): The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has uncovered the lineup for the 2018 Masters program, comprising of 11 new films by renowned, established filmmakers with remarkable bodies of work, media reports said.
Films screening as part of the Masters program include:
'3 Faces', a thoughtful examination of traditional gender roles and artistic independence, by Iran's Jafar Panahi for North American Premiere;
'Divine Wind ( Rih rabani)', which explores religious radicalization that spans over four decades, by Merzak Allouache (from Algeria/France/Qatar/Lebanon) for World Premiere;
'Loro', starring Toni Servillo as infamous politician Silvio Berlusconi, by Paolo Sorrentinofrom (from Italy/France) for World Premiere;
'Our Time (Nuestro Tiempo)', revealing an existential meditation on a couple’s open relationship, by Carlos Reygadas (from Mexico/France/Germany/Denmark/Sweden), to be included for North American Premiere;
'Peterloo', in which the filmmaker Mike Leigh (United Kingdom) explores the history of British parliamentary reform, to be included for Canadian Premiere;
'The Image Book (Le livre d’image)', winner of the inaugural 2018 Special Palme d’Or at Cannes, by Jean-Luc Godard (from Switzerland/France) to be included for North American Premiere;
'The Wild Pear Tree (Ahlat Ağacı)', for its cinematic use of landscape, by Nuri Bilge Ceylan (from Turkey/France/Germany/Bulgaria) to be in North American Premiere;
'Transit', an adaptation of Anna Seghers’ World War II novel offering and timely reflections on rootlessness and exile, by Christian Petzold (from Germany) for North American Premiere
The projects in this year's program reflect on history, focus on personal introspection, and critically evaluates society, which prove that innovation in storytelling is not exclusive to newer generations of filmmakers.
“We are delighted to present incisive new works from master filmmakers from virtually every continent in the world,” said Piers Handling, TIFF Director & CEO. “While each of these filmmakers has undeniably already established a reputation, it is inspiring to witness that none of them have lost their commitment to bold and meaningful cinema — one that is alive with ideas.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
3 FACES, Dir. Jafar Panahi
Masters, North American Premiere
*US press only (Canadian press: VK & Assoc.)
Winner of the Best Screenplay award at Cannes, renowned filmmaker Jafar Panahi (The Circle, Tehran Taxi) directs and features in this poignant yet playful exploration of oppression—his fourth movie since being banned from filmmaking in Iran. Well-known actress Behnaz Jafari is distraught by a provincial girl’s video plea for help—forbidden by her family to pursue her acting studies in Tehran. Behnaz abandons her shoot and turns to filmmaker Panahi to help with the student’s troubles. They travel by car to the rural northwest, where they have amusing encounters with the generous residents of the girl's mountain village. But the city visitors also discover that old traditions die hard.
Also at the New York Film Festival. Kino Lorber Films in US. (Iran, 100 min.)
ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT, Dir. James Longley
TIFF Docs, Canadian Premiere
In his latest documentary, two-time Oscar nominee and MacArthur "genius" award-winner James Longley (Iraq in Fragments, short Sari’s Mother) spent three years in Afghanistan following students and teachers at a school in an old neighborhood of Kabul that is slowly rebuilding from past conflicts. Interweaving the turbulent modern history of Afghanistan with intimate present-day portraits, the film offers a sweeping and compassionate vision of a society living in the shadow of war.
Also at the New York Film Festival. Acquisition title. (USA/Denmark/Norway, 117 min.)
CARMINE STREET GUITARS, Dir. Ron Mann
TIFF Docs, North American Premiere
*US & int’l press only (Canadian press: VK & Assoc.)
The new film from Ron Mann (Grass, Altman) is a charmingly intimate portrait of the fabled Greenwich Village guitar shop. There, custom guitar-maker Rick Kelly and his apprentice Cindy Hulej build handcrafted guitars out of salvaged wood from historic New York buildings. Nothing looks or sounds quite like a Kelly guitar, which is the reason they are embraced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, just to name a few. Instigated by filmmaker and guitarist Jim Jarmusch, who appears alongside a cast of prominent musicians, the film captures a week in the life of Carmine Street Guitars, while examining an all-too-quickly vanishing way of life.
Also at the Venice and New York Film Festivals. Acquisition title. (Canada, 80 min.)
HEARTBOUND, Dirs. Janus Metz and Sine Plambech
TIFF Docs, World Premiere
In the small fishing community of Thy in northern Denmark, ove 900 Thai women are married to Danish men, a trend that started 25 years ago when a former sex worker from Pattaya married a Thy native and has since helped lonely local men and impoverished women from her village find someone to share life with. Acclaimed filmmaker Janus Metz (Armadillo, Borg vs. McEnroe) and his anthropologist wife, Sine Plambech, follow four of these Thai-Danish couples over ten years in an epic chronicle that explores universal questions of love and romance, dreams and everyday hardship and the very meaning of family.
Acquisition title. (Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden, 90 min.)
SHOPLIFTERS, Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda
Special Presentation, Canadian Premiere
*US press only
Winner of the Cannes Palme d’Or, the touching new family drama by master filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda (Nobody Knows; Like Father, Like Son) was partially inspired by real-life events in his native Japan. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them.
Also at the New York Film Festival. Opens in the US on Nov. 23 through Magnolia Pictures. (Japan, 121 min.)
THE TRUTH ABOUT KILLER ROBOTS, Dir. Maxim Pozdorovkin
TIFF Docs, World Premiere
An eerie, eye-opening work of science nonfiction, The Truth About Killer Robots charts incidents in which robots have caused the deaths of humans: in an automated Volkswagen factory, in a self-driving Tesla vehicle and from a bomb-carrying droid used by Dallas police. Though they are typically treated as freak anomalies, each case raises questions of accountability, legality and morality. Exploring the provocative views of engineers, journalists and philosophers, the film goes beyond sensational deaths to examine more subtle but pervasive ways that robots pose a threat to our society.
HBO Documentary Films. (USA, 83 min.)
Toronto, Aug 14 Canadian-Media): The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has for the first time chosen a small-screen Netflix movie for its big-screen gala opener on Sept. 6: David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King, a period drama about Scottish hero Robert the Bruce, starring Star Trek’s Chris Pine, media reports said.
The choice of a Netflix picture to launch TIFF 2018 runs counter to the philosophy of the Cannes Film Festival, which this year declined to screen several Netflix films because the online streaming giant refused to guarantee a traditional theatrical opening.
Netflix’s hardline stance has touched off a debate in the movie industry about the fate of big-screen moviegoing as productions increasingly shift to smaller screens online.
Chris Pine stars in Outlaw King. (COURTESY NETFLIX AND TIFF)Netflix isn’t making any theatrical guarantees to TIFF, either, although the fest’s announcement Tuesday notes Outlaw King will open “in select theatres” Nov. 9, the same day it launches online globally.
In past practise, this has meant limited runs in New York and Los Angeles, although Netflix did briefly screen its 2017 thriller Okja at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox concurrently with an online run.
TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey told the Star back in April that Netflix and other streaming services are “not necessarily a threat to the theatrical experience.” On Tuesday he tweeted he’s “thrilled” to open the 43rd edition of his festival with Outlaw King, because “David Mackenzie delivers.”
The Scottish director previously worked with actor Pine in Hell or High Water, a western drama that premiered at Cannes prior to a big-screen theatrical run and eventual Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Jeff Bridges), Best Original Screenplay and Best Editing. Mackenzie also directed the critically acclaimed films Young Adam, Starred Up and Perfect Sense.
Outlaw King, which is also the first Scottish film ever to open TIFF, co-stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh and Billy Howle. It tells the story of 14th-century warrior monarch Robert the Bruce, who rose from defeat to become the heroic defender of Scotland during the country’s tyrannical occupation by Edward I, the king of England.
TIFF also announced its Sept. 16 closing-night film: Justin Kelly’s Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern. It’s the fact-based drama of a literary hoax that became a bestselling novel.
Bailey calls it “a truly unbelievable story” that is nonetheless true.
“The storytelling is powerful and the characters are vivid, really evoking the idea that you have to see it to believe it.”
TIFF also announced 26 additions to its gala and special presentations programs Tuesday, as it begins to finish up its slate of offerings for September’s film banquet
#MichèleMaheuxRetiring; #TorontoInternationalFilmFestival; #TIFFBellLightbox
Toronto, Aug 10 Canadian-Media): The retirement of Michèle Maheux, longstanding Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer from Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in summer 2019 was announced today by Jennifer Tory, Chair on behalf of the TIFF Board of Directors, media reports said.
Michele Maheux/Courtesy of TIFF net
Prior to her departure next year, Maheux will ensure a smooth leadership transition as Cameron Bailey takes on the extended role of Artistic Director & Co-Head alongside an incoming Executive Director & Co-Head.
"I'm excited for the future of TIFF and the new team at the top," said Maheux. "The organization is on a great path with a new five-year Strategic Plan and a team passionate about the mission and vision. I am honoured to play a role in the organization's upcoming transition."
Being an integral part of the organization's growth and international success, Maheux was responsible for the launch and operations of TIFF Bell Lightbox, has mentored thousands of staff and volunteers over the years who have helped to shape the organization into one of the most respected cultural institutions in the world.
"During my time with the TIFF Board, I have had the privilege to see Michèle's meticulous business acumen and people skills up close," said Jennifer Tory. "She is the epitome of a generous mentor...We are most fortunate she has agreed to stay on to assist in transitioning TIFF's new leadership team."
"Michèle has been my longtime advisor, confidante and friend," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO. "She is the engine that has kept TIFF running for decades...and there are no words to express how grateful I am for all her years of support, laughter and impeccable work."
Maheux will continue in her current role until November 1, 2018 after which she would report directly to the Board until summer 2019 and her main focus at this time would be the effective organizational transition to the incoming Executive Director & Co-Head
The incoming Executive Director & Co-Head's appointment will be announced prior to this year's Festival.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Aug 8 (Canadian-Media): Actor-producer Gharrett Patrick Paon and Bretten Hannam, writer and director of short film, Wildfire, have been invited to compete in TIFF’s annual Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! event for their feature film script, Wildhood, based on Wildfire, media reports said.
Wildfire, the two-spirit Indigenous identity drama, was one of five scripts in Canada selected for Whistler Film Festival’s 2017 Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship.
Hannam and Paon team will be presenting first-look footage from Wildfire in their pitch to help them win $15,000 in development support for Wildhood, which would be an interprovincial co-production.
Gharrett Patrick Paon/Twitter Bretten Hannam/Facebook
Wildfire/Courtesy of Gharrett Patrick Paon
Wildhood, is to be filmed in the summer of 2019, was developed through the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer’s Lab (2017), Canada Council for the Arts, Arts Nova Scotia, and Nova Scotia’s Community Culture & Heritage – Screenwriting Development Fund with Damon D’Oliveira as its Executive Producer.
Wildfire has been pre-licensed by CBC’s Canadian Reflections and will premiere on their digital platforms and broadcast channel in the summer of 2019.
Cinematography on Wildfire by Catherine Lutes, was produced in association with CBC.
“Wildfire andWildhood are stories that have been evolving since I was a kid. When I finally shared them, I was overwhelmed by the positive response. Having people who support the story means everything—from working on the script, to recently shooting the short version, to being accepted into Pitch This! It makes me excited to share our project with as many people as possible,” said Hannam.
Paon added, “I’m so grateful that TIFF has awarded us the opportunity to pitch Wildhood at PITCH THIS! Having recently completed production on Wildfire, I was reminded how rare and, for lack of a better word, important these films will be in representing a two-spirit and Mi’kmaw perspective on screen. The community’s genuine excitement and support to see their culture on screen has amplified my passion to tell this story.”
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#AstraTaylor, #WhatIsDemocracy? #NationalFilmBoardofCanada, #NorthAmericanpremiere, 2018TorontoInternationalFilmFestival,
#Canada’sTruthandReconciliationCommission, #AnimalBehaviour, TheSubject
Toronto, Aug 2 (Canadian-Media): What Is Democracy?, Astra Taylor’s latest feature documentary has been selected by National Film Board of Canada (NFB) for its North American premiere at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), media reports said.
Two new NFB animated shorts, Animal Behaviour and The Subject would also be joining What is Democracy? at TIFF 2018.
NFB is Canada’s public producer of award-winning creative documentaries, auteur animation, interactive stories and participatory experiences and is a leader in gender equity in film and digital media production.
Guided by the recommendations of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, NFB is working to strengthen Indigenous-led productions.
Taylor is a filmmaker, writer, and political organizer whose credits include the NFB documentary Examined Life (TIFF 2008) and Zizek! (TIFF 2005), author of the American Book Award-winning The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age.
Taylor is also a co-founder of the Debt Collective and will have a new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, out from Metropolitan Books in early 2019.
119 minute North American premiere 'What Is Democracy? is produced by Lea Marin and executive produced by Anita Lee for the NFB’s Ontario Studio in Toronto.
Courtesy of Electronic Press Kit
It focuses on the philosophical journey covering millennia and continents: from ancient Athens’ experiment in self-government to capitalism’s roots in medieval Italy; from modern-day Greece's financial collapse and a growing refugee crisis to the United States.
Celebrated theorists including Silvia Federici, Cornel West, Wendy Brown, and Angela Davis joined by trauma surgeons, activists, asylum seekers, former prime ministers and others in this film .
This film connects past and present, the emotional and the intellectual, the personal and the political and provokes critical dialogue about our future.
A 14 min. North American premiere, Animal Behaviour, is the Oscar-winning animation duo of Alison Snowden and David Fine and receiver of the Grand Prix at Rio de Janeiro’s Anima Mundi.
It deals with animal psychology of five animals and focuses on the philosophy of what comes naturally isn’t easy, especially for animals.
Courtesy of Electronic Press Kit
This short is both hilarious as well as emotional and deals with animal issues that are very much like our own and invokes us to think if we should learn and adapt, or should others just accept our true nature?
Created with digital hand-drawn animation, Animal Behaviour marks the return of Vancouver-based animators Alison Snowden and David Fine to the NFB.
It is produced and executive produced by Michael Fukushima for the NFB’s Animation Studio in Montreal.
Snowden and Fine had previously collaborated on two other Oscar nominees: the NFB short George and Rosemary (1987) and Snowden’s student film, Second Class Mail (1984).
The Subject is a 10 min. Ontario premiere produced and executive produced by Julie Roy for the NFB’s French Animation Studio in Montreal and is fifth NFB film by Bouchard, a three-time winner of Quebec’s Prix Iris, for The Brainwashers (2003), Dehors novembre (2005) and Bydlo (2013).
It focuses on artists' engagement in a process of introspection searching deep within themselves, seeking the source of their fears and, in so doing, longing to be liberated.
Courtesy of Electronic Press Kit
In this Bouchard places himself on centre stage, confronting his alter ego in the form of a life-size cast of his own body until the body reveals itself to be an intricate mechanism displaying views of a merry-go-round evoking pleasure and ecstasy and also fear.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#PatriciaChica, #TorontoInternationalFilmFestival, #Toronto, #TIFFPressConference, #TIFFFilmmakerLab #FilmmakerBootcamp,
Toronto, Aug 1 (Caadian-Media): Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has selected Canadian-Latina filmmaker Patricia Chica ( (“A Tricky Treat”,“Serpent’s Lullaby”), among the female directors for the prestigious TIFF Filmmaker Lab, media reports said.
An extremely competitive and an artistic development, TIFF Filmmaker Lab is program of TIFF, which is held annually during the TIFF and aspires Canadian and international filmmakers.
It also provides intensive learning experience to 20 emerging directors and screenwriters which facilitates their further development in their creativity, artistic process, and voice.
Guided by some of the best-known experts in independent cinema from around the world, TIFF Talent Lab is designed to launch the careers of the next generation of filmmakers. (TIFF.net).
Chica’s submission of "Montreal Girls," a feature script in the advanced phase of development, together with a one minute excerpt from her acclaimed short "Morning After", got her into the highly competitive program.
"It is a tremendous honor, and I’m excited for the mentorship opportunity and to develop and advance my current projects through this excellent lab," said Patricia Chica.
"Montreal Girls," co-written with Kamal John Iskander, tells the story of Basil, a young Egyptian student who travels to Montreal to study medicine and meets two young women who alter his perceptions and inspire him to follow his innate desire to become a poet.
The team of “Montréal Girls” is attending the Toronto International Film Festival® and open to discuss this production with Sales Agents, Talent Agents, and Financiers.
Carmen Aiello is casting out of Los Angeles.
Producers Mohamed Hefzy and Daniel Ziskind of Cairo-based production company Film Clinic (TIFF’s 2017 selection “Sheikh Jackson” and Cannes’ 2018 selection “Yomeddine”), will handle the Egypt segment of filming.
Shoreline Management in Beverly Hills, CA has signed Chica and manages her career within the US and Latin American markets.
An award-winning filmmaker with over 50 hours of content to her credit, Chica specializes in auteur-driven films that feature strong characters, provocative stories, and striking visuals.
She had been named a prolific director of shorts and TV projects by Variery.
Chica's more than 300 international official selections have won her numerous awards .
Chica is presently available for interviews in three languages: English, French and Spanish.
She is attending the TIFF Press Conference and Filmmaker Bootcamp in Toronto on August 1st and 2nd.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)