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Toronto, Aug 26 (Canadian-Media): Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced Aug 26 that Talent Development Initiatives with Filmmaker Lab, Talent Accelerator, and TIFF Fellows take centre stage in TIFF’s 2020 Industry Conference taking place September 10–14, TIFF reports said.
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Designed to help build resourceful, innovative, and financially sustainable business practices, the Conference provides professional development opportunities for delegates in experiencing high-profile speakers, conversations, panel discussions, and user-friendly presentations.
“This is a pivotal moment in recognizing the unsung heroes, whose work will pave the way to a more sustainable and equitable industry,” said Geoff Macnaughton, Senior Director, Industry & Theatrical. “This year’s Conference will be a catalyst for change, examining new trends and championing diversity, racial equality, and gender parity. Talent Development continues to be a cornerstone of TIFF’s year-round work and we are exceptionally proud of the programme we’ve curated for the participants, and are excited to see them grow.”
The 2020 Industry Conference is comprised of the following programming:
Master Classes features distinctive, reputed voices in film and television. This year’s Master Class guests include Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, Luca Guadagnino, Ted Hope, and dream hampton, all speaking on their remarkable, long-lasting, and varied career paths. The Hollywood Reporter is a media partner of Master Classes 2020.
Dialogues feature conversations between influential storytellers on the art and craft of filmmaking. This year’s guests include Tracy Oliver, Stella Meghie, Lenny Abrahamson, and Shola Lynch sharing their expertise on writing, directing, showrunning, and documentary filmmaking alongside a host of other talented filmmakers. Variety is a media partner of Dialogues 2020.
Perspectives are panel discussions between filmmakers and industry professionals on the current state and future of the industry. This year’s speakers include Chelsea Winstanley, Misha Green, Nina Jacobson, and Ben Roberts and will explore a wide range of topics, including narrative; women creators in the horror realm; use of race-based data to drive anti-racist action in the screen industries; the ins and outs of co-productions, using Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut and 2020 Festival selection, Falling (Canada/United Kingdom), as a case study; A-list producers’ secrets to success; and film financing during pandemic. Screen International is a Media partner of Perspectives 2020.
Special Industry Event, a one-on-one talk with filmmaker Aaron Sorkin, who dives into the creative process behind the upcoming film The Trial of the Chicago 7.
Film professionals can participate digitally in this year’s Industry Conference and Festival by registering for one of two pass options: the Digital Talks Pass, which provides access to online Conference events on the Bell Digital Talks platform, or the Digital Pro Pass, which includes the online Conference events plus digital screenings of titles in and out of Selection. Both passes include online networking and business tools for producers, buyers, sales agents, and film creators at large. Industry registration closes September 2.
This year’s flagship initiatives are:
TIFF FILMMAKER LAB which would be participated by directors have been selected, 10 from Canada and 10 from around the world. Designed to be inspirational, the Lab would be the contact point for the filmmakers with finest creative talent in the world.
The 2020 TIFF FILMMAKER LAB participants are: Maha Al-Saati, Yuhi Amuli, Tammes Bernstein, Antoine Bourges, Jorge Cadena, Pier-Philippe Chevigny, Marilyn Cooke, Álvaro Gago Díaz, Shawn Gerrard, Lillah Halla, Meredith Hama-Brown, Sasha Leigh Henry, Fawzia Mirza, Irene Moray, Asantewaa Prempeh, Simon Ryninks, Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, S.M. Turrell, Jeff Wong, and Asia Youngman. The Filmmaker Lab Governor is Atom Egoyan, and guests speakers are Hirokazu Kore-eda, Rian Johnson, Nadine Labaki, Kasi Lemmons, David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Eliza Hittman, Fernando Frias, Paul Federbush, Ramy Youssef, and Hiam Abbass.
Filmmaker Lab is supported by Telefilm Canada, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the RBC Female Creator Initiative, Anne-Marie Canning and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
TIFF TALENT ACCELERATOR is a customized, year-long development experience for six promising Canadian creators who are women. Now in its second year, the programme provides year-round support to two directors, two writers, and two producers who are chosen by TIFF Industry for a customized development experience. This year’s TIFF TALENT ACCELERATOR participants are: directors Sasha Leigh Henry and Asia Youngman (also part of this year’s Filmmaker Lab); producers Lindsay Blair Goeldner and Priscilla Galvez; and writers Luis De Filippis and Adrianna DiLonardo.
Facilitated by TIFF’s Share Her Journey initiative The TIFF Talent Accelerator programme is generously supported by the RBC Female Creator Initiative. Participants of the Talent Accelerator programme receive fellowship funding presented by Netflix.
New this year, the TIFF Hudson’s Bay Foundation Fellowship is made possible thanks to the Hudson’s Bay Foundation’s support of TIFF’s For the Love of Film Fund. The Fellowship, which champions diversity and inclusion in filmmaking, supports two emerging creators participating in TIFF Filmmaker Lab. The TIFF Canada Goose ® Fellowship is made possible thanks to Canada Goose ®’s support of Share Her Journey, TIFF’s commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. The Fellowship supports three women who are emerging creators participating in TIFF Filmmaker Lab.
The TIFF Fellows for 2020 are:
Shawn Gerrard – TIFF Hudson’s Bay Foundation Fellow
Jeff Wong – TIFF Hudson’s Bay Foundation Fellow
Meredith Hama-Brown – TIFF Canada Goose ® Fellow
Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu – TIFF Canada Goose ® Fellow
Asantewaa Prempeh – TIFF Canada Goose ® Fellow
Fawzia Mirza – Share Her Journey Fellow
Marilyn Cooke – Share Her Journey Fellow
Irene Moray – Share Her Journey Fellow
Maha Al-Saati – Share Her Journey Fellow
Lillah Halla – Share Her Journey Fellow
Asia Youngman – Netflix Talent Accelerator Fellow
Sasha Leigh Henry – Netflix Talent Accelerator Fellow
Adrianna DiLonardo – Netflix Talent Accelerator Fellow
Lindsay Blair Goeldner – Netflix Talent Accelerator Fellow
Luis De Filippis – Netflix Talent Accelerator Fellow
Priscilla Galvez – Netflix Talent Accelerator Fellow
Continuing to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe execution of the Festival, TIFF's number-one priority is the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community. The Announcement of the final honouree will be made in the coming weeks.
An international leader in film culture, and a not-for-profit 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; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)