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Toronto International Film Festival 2013

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The Toronto International Film Festival was held September 5 to 15, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario. 335 Films from 64 Countries were screened over 10 days.  According to TIFF, it is the “leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. Our programmers have earned a reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films are shown: Hollywood galas, complete with red carpet glamour; the best in international cinema, the latest homegrown comedies… and everything in between.”  The TIFF Industry Conference is a seven-day professional development conference for delegates and focuses on the financing and producing, marketing and distribution, and screenwriting and storytelling of films.  Many deals are done at TIFF.

The film festival is organized into the following programs:
Gala Presentations: Movie stars. Red carpet premieres. Major audience interest.
Masters:  The latest from the world’s most influential arthouse filmmakers.
Special Presentations:  High-profile premieres and the world’s leading filmmakers.
Mavericks:  Engaging on-stage conversations with leaders in the film industry and beyond.
Discovery:  Directors to watch. The future of world cinema.
TIFF Docs:  Candid and unscripted: the best non-fiction cinema from around the world.
Contemporary World Cinema:  Compelling stories, global perspectives.
Contemporary World Speakers:  Watch, experience, and participate in post-screening discussions with film directors and subject experts
Wavelengths:  Daring, visionary and autonomous voices. Films that expand our notions of cinema.
TIFF Kids:  Family films from around the world: entertaining and illuminating.
City to City:  Bringing international cities to Toronto audiences. A snapshot of where’s hot right now.
Short Cuts Canada:  The best short films from emerging and established Canadian filmmakers.
TIFF Cinematheque:  Curated gems from the history of Canadian and international cinema.
Future Projections: Taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.
Vanguard:  Provocative, sexy… possibly dangerous. This is what’s next.
Midnight Madness:  The wild side: midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema.
Nextwave:  For the next generation of movie lovers: selections approved by our youth-driven TIFF Next Wave Committee.
Manifesto:  Culture. Ideas. Action. Screenings supported by Manifesto Community Projects
  Special Event” Onstage and onscreen: exclusive engagements and celebrated guests.

There are also many great parties and receptions at TIFF.  TorontoArtsandEvents attended many of these parties will review the following:  Telefilm Canada & Maison Birks Tribute to the Year’s 10 Canadian Women Directors and Actors,  the Ontario OMDC, the White parties and the Italian Film Party.
The Liberty Entertainment Group marked its 18th year hosting star-studded red carpet premieres, VIP official cast film receptions and afterparties and these are covered under a separate event listing.

OMDC Celebrated the Ontario Film Industry and Ontario films screening at TIFF 2013:

The Ontario Media Development Corporation’s annual reception celebrated the province’s film industry on Friday, September 6 at The Carlu. The event featured a red carpet and networking reception with top Ontario directors, producers and other members of the industry. Ontario director Jonathan Sobol spoke about OMDC’s role in driving growth and innovation in the film business and how it has supported films, including his TIFF 2013 Gala Presentation The Art of The Steal.  Other spearkers at the events were: The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport,  Kevin Shea, Chair, OMDC, Karen Thorne-Stone, President &CEO,  OMDC, Members of Ontario’s film industry and international guests

About OMDC:
An agency of the Government of Ontario, Ontario Media Development Corporation supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries. In 2012, the Ontario film and television industry contributed $1.28 billion to the provincial economy and accounted for almost 30,000 full-time direct and indirect jobs. Since 2008, economic activity in Ontario’s film and television industry has increased by 90% and the 2012 financial results are the strongest ever. For more on the OMDC, visit

William F. White International Celebrated its 50th Anniversary on the Rooftop of the Tiff Bell Lightbox

On September 10th, Paul Bronfman, Chairman & CEO of Comweb Group and William F. White International Inc. welcomed guests to his annual TIFF VIP reception, under the starlit skies of a heat waved Toronto at Malaparte.  The venue, which was adorned with flat-screen televisions showcasing a commemorative 50th Anniversary video, historic black and white photographs of on-set memoirs and a bevy of silver and black balloons, was a perfect fit for the hot evening and for a company celebrating its 50th anniversary.  Attending was the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport who has helped champion and nurture the continued success of Ontario’s screen-based industries.  He, along with over 250 of Canada’s production industry VIP’s, came out to celebrate TIFF, WFW’s 50th Anniversary, and another prosperous year of filmmaking and production.
Guests were treated to a fine selection of signature Oliver and Bonacini cocktails, wines & beers and h’ors d’oeuvres while mingling with well-known media, production professionals and celebrities. 
About William F. White International:

Now in its 50th year, William F. White International is Canada’s oldest and largest provider of motion picture, television, theatrical, and digital production equipment.  It continues to expand its world-class inventory of products and services with the recent acquisition of Telescopic Camera Cranes Inc., based in Vancouver (now Whites Telescopic), Location Equipment Supply based in Toronto (now Whites LES), and the rebrand of CinequipWhite to Whites Digital Sales & Service Inc.

Some of William F. White International’s recent credits include “Pacific Rim”, “The F Word” (Tiff Special Presentation), “Once Upon a Time”, “Continuum”, “Hell on Wheels”, and “Rookie Blue”. [newsrelease]

The William F. White event was a fine event and a great opportunity to meet industry VIP’s.

Telefilm Canada & Maison Birks Tribute to the Year’s 10 Canadian Women Directors and Actors at TIFF:

The followoing ten women were honoured on September 11, 2013, at the Maison Birks’ Bloor Street W. store in Toronto during the inaugural Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film:  Directors Louise Archambault, Deepa Mehta, Alanis Obomsawin, Sarah Polley and Chloé Robichaud, as well as actresses Évelyne Brochu, Geneviève Bujold, Sarah Gadon, Jessica Paré and Alison Pill, were selected for this honour.  These Canadian women directors and actors, who had a productive year,  have been selected for honour by a Canadian selection committee composed of journalists in the arts, culture and entertainment.

“This partnership with Maison Birks offers us a new opportunity to recognize these remarkable women’s artistic talent and the major contribution they provide to our industry,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “Because the world’s attention is focused on the Festival, the time is perfect to celebrate the successes of our creative talent, who distinguish themselves not only in Canada but around the world.”

“We are delighted to renew our partnership with Telefilm Canada this year in order to highlight the important contribution of Canadian women filmmakers in the context of the Festival,” said Jean-Christophe Bédos, President and Chief Executive Officer of Birks & Mayors. “Canadian women filmmakers and actors help our country shine brilliantly around the world—the same way that Canadian diamonds make us proud on the international scene! The Toronto International Film Festival is synonymous with glamour, with prestige, and especially with Canadian success. That’s why this partnership is a natural for Maison Birks.”

The pan-Canadian jury was: Maxime Demers (Le Journal de Montréal), Manon Dumais (Voir), Noreen Flanagan (Elle Canada), Peter Howell (Toronto Star), Brian Johnson (Maclean’s), Bruce Kirkland (Toronto Sun), Marc-André Lussier (La Presse), Katherine Monk (Postmedia), Andrea Nemetz (The Chronicle Herald), Tamy Emma Pepin (Citytv), Odile Tremblay (Le Devoir) and Marni Weisz (Cineplex Magazine).

The reception was a posh event with cocktails and wine at the Maison Birks store on Bloor street with beautifully attired ladies and the best of Canadian directors and actors.  A great event toasting great filmmakers!

About Telefilm Canada:

“Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world. Telefilm also administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. “

About Maison Birks:

“Birks & Mayors is a leading retailer and owner of 54 prestige jewellery stores in Canada and the United States. The company runs 31 Birks stores located in most of Canada’s major urban areas, 20 Mayors stores in Florida and Georgia, two Brinkhaus stores in Calgary and Vancouver, and one Rolex store in Orlando. Founded in 1879, Maison Birks has, over the years, become Canada’s number one retailer, designer and manufacturer of high-end jewellery, watches, sterling and silver plated silverware as well as gifts. “[newsrelease]

Italian Film Party at TIFF at the Gardiner Museum:

The Italian Trade Commission and Istituto Luce Cinecittà celebrated the premiere of 7   Italian films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 9 at the Gardiner Museum.
Attending were Gianni Amelio - director, L’INTREPIDO, Roberto Minervini - director, STOP THE POUNDING HEART, Fabio Mollo - director, SOUTH IS NOTHING, Miriam Karikvist - actor, SOUTH IS NOTHING,  Paolo Sorrentino - director, THE GREAT BEAUTY,  Daniele Luchetti - director, THOSE HAPPY YEARS With appearances by John Turturro, Atom Egoyan,Fab Filippo, Jerry Ciccoritti, and many other special guests.


Although not as exciting and wild as those in Cannes, TIFF does have vibrant parties to network and to celebrate the films. More business may now be done at TIFF than any other film festival in the world!! Although it is possible to purchases tickets for the closing parties and some of the more expensive Patron programs include tickets to the opening and closing parties, most of the parties are private and by private invitation.


With the best recent films from Canada and around the globe, - this is the best film festival in North America and perhaps it has now surpassed Cannes! How many of the films shown here will win Oscars? How will the independent films do? How many deals were struck? Check back here in September for next year’s Toronto International Film Festival 1014!

Category: Movies
Start Date: 2013-09-05
End Date: 2013-09-15
Venue: Toronto ON

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