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The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

© 2015 Article, Photos and layout TorontoArtsandEvents;  William F. White International Inc. Reception section by Sabine Mondestin.  All Rights Reserved.  Editors please contact us for use.

The 40th Annual Toronto International Film Festival was held September 10 to 20, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario. 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, distribution, 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 art house 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.

Media Covers Hollywood Films at the Expense of Indie Films?

The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn in over 4000 attendees from around the world that want to be a part of this ten-day event.  High profile films that premier at TIFF tend to generate early Oscar buzz and seem to take all of media’s attention at the expense of good indie films:  Sandra Bullock stars in ‘Our Brand,’ Tom Hiddleston in ‘I Saw the Light’,  Johnny Depp and Susan Sarandon stars with Rose Byrne and J.K. Simmons in Lorene Scafaria’s The Meddler.  As a result of extensive media coverage, for most fans, the arrival of A-List celebrities is the highlight of the Toronto International Film Festival. Stars such as those listed above have made their red carpet appearances at this year’s festival and drew large crowds to the streets just to catch a glimpse or snap a picture of their favourite Hollywood actor.

TIFF Film Sales

According to TIFF, this year’s festival saw strong film sales and among the highlights was the sale of the Midnight Madness science fiction action movie Hardcore, which was sold to STX for a reported $10 million.  36 films were sold during the Festival for multiple territories. There were U.S. sales for Anomalisa (Paramount), Fors aken (Momentum Pictures),  Eye in the Sky (Bleecker Street),  Into the Forest (A24), ma ma (Oscilloscope), Mr. Right(Focus), The Program (Momentum) and Sunset Song(Magnolia). Platform titles Neon Bull (Kino Lorber) and Land of Mine(Sony Pictures Classics) both claimed U.S. deals. Primetime crime series Trapped sold to The Weinstein Company. Canadian films sold during the Festival included: February, Forsaken, Into the Forest and Sleeping Giant

TIFF Parties and Receptions:

What would the Toronto International Film Festival be without its non-stop calendar of parties, networking, and other industry events! From experimental pop-ups to extravagant cast parties that last until the early morning hours, the streets of downtown Toronto was a flurry of receptions and celebrations. Here is a review of a few of the events that TorontoArtsandEvents attended during this year’s film festival:
William F. White International Inc. Reception:
On Tuesday September 15 2015, the annual private rooftop reception was held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in celebration of Paul Bronfman the Chairman/CEO of Comweb Group Inc. and William F. White International Inc. He is also the Chairman of Pinewood Toronto Studios Inc.
It was also the launching of their new “Whites Lives Events” a new national department specifically dedicated to servicing live sporting events, concerts, festivals and awards shows across Canada. Steve Morrisson, former GM of Whites Winnipeg has been name the new Vice President of Whites Lives Events. He is based in Toronto.

The glamorous cocktail was filled with celebrities such as the iconic Canadian comic actor Colin Mochrie and Norman Jewison an award-winning internationally acclaimed filmmaker and the Canadian Film Center (CFC) Founder. Let’s not forget the moment where Toronto’s Mayor John Tory and Paul Bronfman sang “TNT” by AC/DC followed by a touching speech by Mr. Bronfman.  The tented rooftop patio offered spectacular views of the downtown core. The party was a great opportunity to network with directors, producers, actors, journalists, bloggers, and other Industry professionals.
Celebrate Ontario –
The Ontario Media Development Corporation, mandated to growth and investment in Ontario’s publishing, film and television, music and digital industries, celebrated nine OMDC Film Fund-supported features by some of Ontario Filmmakers at TIFF 2015 including: Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys, Atom Egoyan’s Remember, Bruce McDonald’s Hellions, Patricia Rozema’s Into The Forest, Alan Zweig’s Hurt, Robert Budreau’s Born To Be Blue and Andrew Currie’s The Steps. It also funded an Irish/Canadian co-production, Room, directed by Lenny Abrahamson based on the award-winning Emma Donoghue book by the same name as well as a Brazilian/Canadian live-action animated feature directed by Pedro Morelli and co-produced by Rhombus Media called Zoom.
This years event was held at the luxurious Carlu in Toronto and attracted Ontario Actors, Directors and producers as well as government officials such as the Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
That’s a Wrap
Another season of TIFF has come to a successful end. The warm Toronto fall weather allowed enjoyment of this ten-day-long celebration of film and filmmakers from around the world.  Check back here for next year’s Festival.

© 2015 Article, Photos and layout TorontoArtsandEvents;  William F. White International Inc. Reception section by Sabine Mondestin.  All Rights Reserved.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Movies
Start Date: 2015-09-10
End Date: 2015-09-20
Venue: Toronto Ontario

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