Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) revealed an exciting array of sessions and a powerhouse lineup of speakers for the much-awaited 2023 Industry Conference, supported by Ontario Creates and Telefilm Canada. Covering six pillars of Conference programming: Visionaries, Dialogues, Perspectives, Connections, Microsessions, and Spotlights, this year’s sessions bring together a diverse range of voices and perspectives. All sessions will take place at Glenn Gould Studio.
“Our Industry Conference aims to be a pivotal platform for thought-provoking discussions by industry leaders,” said Anita Lee, TIFF’s Chief Programming Officer. “The sessions and speakers reflect our commitment to diverse perspectives and creative exploration towards sparking innovation within the industry.”
“This year’s event offers something for everyone, whether you are an emerging creator or experienced producer, and its scale and curation supports our growing industry attendance,” said Geoff Macnaughton, Senior Director, Industry & Theatrical.
Inspirational onstage conversations with individuals who are forging creative and business pathways in the Industry. The Media Partner for the programme is The Hollywood Reporter.
Spike Lee — An in-depth conversation discussing the process of forging a distinct filmic language throughout his expansive, multi-decade career.
Ladj Ly — A discussion on his bold approach and unwavering commitment to telling stories that explore deeply personal portraits about communities revolting against broken systems.
Guillermo del Toro — A conversation about the liberating potential of fantastical worlds; the magic that exists within the details; and his wide-spanning career crafting intricate and cinematic love letters. Made possible with the support of the Directors Guild of Canada.
See-Saw Films — A celebratory talk on the company’s remarkable 15 years of delivering critically acclaimed stories to global audiences, including “The King’s Speech,” “Lion,” “The Power of the Dog,” and many more.
Nadine Labaki — With more than a decade’s worth of accolades under her belt, director, writer, and actor Nadine Labaki will discuss her highly meticulous creative process, her devout interest in life’s peculiarities, and the capacity for cinema to bring about social change.
Lucy Walker — A discussion on Doc Day focusing on Walker’s incredible career, including her long friendship with Doc Society co-founder Jess Search, who died this summer. Programmed by Thom Powers.
Anand Patwardhan — A talk on Doc Day with Patwardhan, a singular figure of independent documentary in India who has given inspiration to a flourishing of new directors today. Programmed by Thom Powers.
Conversations on the art and craft of storytelling featuring screen-based creators (directors, producers, and series creators) and industry professionals. The Media Partner for Dialogues is Variety, and the programme is supported by Ontario Creates.
Dialogues sessions include:
“The Dead Don’t Hurt” with Viggo Mortenson, Regina Solórzano, and Jeremy Thomas. Supported by Directors Guild of Canada Ontario.
Feature Film Development with Sara Rastogi (Hoorae Media) and Kate Oh (Monkeypaw Productions).
Directors Nora El Hourch (“Sisterhood”) and Katja Gauriloff (“Je’vida”). Programmed by Jason Ryle.
Directors Cord Jefferson (“American Fiction”) and Lulu Wang (“Expats”).
Producers Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral (“Les Indésirables”) and Farhana Bhula (“How to Have Sex”).
Short Cuts to First Features with Fawzia Mirza and Andria Wilson Mirza (“The Queen of My Dreams”), Zarrar Kahn, and Anam Abbas (“In Flames”). Programmed by Jason Anderson.
What is the Documentary Marketplace Today? (Doc Day) A panel of industry figures analyzes where opportunities still exist for creative documentaries. Programmed by Thom Powers.
Moderated and focused discussions on the current state and future of the Industry. The Media Partner for Perspectives is Screen International. Perspective sessions include:
AI and Film: Bridging the Gap Between Innovation and Responsibility — Leading experts on AI discuss the technology’s long-term sustainability in the Industry as it relates to data, ethics, and filmmaking. Programmed by Manal Siddiqui.
The Current Landscape of International Series Production — Yi Qiao, Director Drama, ZDF; Navi Lamba, Head of Development, BBC Comedy; Jamie Lynn, EVP Co-Production & Distribution, Fremantle; and Joe Lewis, CEO, Amplify Pictures.
Celebrating the Cinema of the Korean Diaspora — Guests include: outstanding filmmakers Anthony Shim (dir. “Riceboy Sleeps”), Albert Shin (dir. “Disappearance at Clifton Hill,” “In Her Place”), and Christina Oh (prod. “Minari,” “Okja”). Presented by The Korean Film Council.
On African Cinemas and its Industries — Apolline Traoré (dir. “Sira”), Chioma Onyenwe (prod. “I Do Not Come To You By Chance”), Tshepiso Chikapa-Phiri (prod. “Death of a Whistleblower”), and Mehret Mandefro, Director of Development & Partnerships, Realness. Programmed by Nataleah Hunter-Young, International Programmer (Africa & Arab West Asia).
Seize Control of Your Distribution (Doc Day) — Peter Broderick, who has spent decades helping independent filmmakers design and implement cutting-edge distribution strategies, returns with a new manifesto, along with case studies of documentary projects that made far-reaching impacts and profits using strategies to build sustainable careers. Programmed by Thom Powers.
DOC’s “Getting Real” Report (Doc Day) — The Documentary Organization of Canada will share their findings for the first time and explain why this latest edition of their “Getting Real” reports could be a game-changer for documentary filmmakers. Programmed by Thom Powers.
SLOAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY PROJECT PITCH
The new Sloan Science and Technology Project Pitch provides selected creators the opportunity to participate in a non-competitive pitch to further develop their science and technology-related film project. Participants will deliver a 15-minute presentation in front of a live audience of industry experts and decision-makers. Participants for the Sloan Science and Technology Project Pitch will be announced soon.
Funding for this programme is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Public Understanding of Science and Technology program.
The Industry Conference is produced by Jane Kim, Industry Programming Producer, and supported by Amara Nwogu, Yuetong Liu, Ava Young, Teagan Gacuk, and Anthony Palmero. The TIFF 2023 Industry Conference takes place September 8th-12th.
Further details on TIFF’s B2B and partner programming streams — Connections, Spotlight, and Microsessions — will be announced soon, along with the Industry Selects programme and Market Screenings schedule. Full session pitches will be available on tiff.net.
The 48th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7th – 17th. The Special Presentations & Gala lineup for TIFF 2023 can be read here, along with the Documentary lineup here, the Platform programming here, the Discovery & Midnight Madness programming here, the Short Cuts programming here, the Centerpiece programming here, the Wavelengths and Classics programming here, and the Primetime Series lineup here.
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