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Toronto Film Festival Dailies

TIFF 2022: September 8–18

The 476th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8–18, 2021. in Canada's most vibrant and exciting metropolis, it has become one of the most important film events on the festival calendar.

Showcasing more than 300 films and hosting industryites from around the world, Toronto can "make or break" films looking for international distribution and a chance at Oscar gold. From glitzy red carpet premieres to challenging art films to cutting edge new media, the Festival offers something for every taste.

Past Coverage 2014 2015 - Coverage 2016 in French   English


TIFF16: The Exchange acquires James Franco's King Cobra



Brian O'Shea, The Exchange CEO, announced today that the company acquired Justin Kelly's KING COBRA international sales rights, the porn industry picture starring James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Garrett Clayton and Keegan Allen.


KING COBRA joins new titles like IRREPLACEABLE YOU by Stephanie Laing in The Exchange's lineup to be presented to the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival buyers. The Exchange represented Kelly's first film I AM MICHAEL.


KING COBRA premiered in the Midnight section at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival to great reviews and strong word of mouth and will have its European birth at this years London film Festival.


KING COBRA is produced by Jordan Yale Levine of Yale Productions; Scott Levenson; Vince Jolivette and Franco of Rabbit Bandini Productions; and Shaun S. Sanghani of SSS Entertainment.


"We are thrilled to be in business with Justin again" said O'Shea. "He is a filmmaker that is uniquely talented, able to take true life salacious stories, and create entertaining films that have global appeal"


Directed by Justin Kelly, from his own screenplay, KING COBRA is based on the Andrew E. Stoner-Peter A. Conway book "Cobra Killer: Gay Porn, Murder, and the Manhunt to Bring the Killers to Justice" about the 2007 murder of a gay porn producer (Slater) by two aspiring producers (Franco and Allen).


The Exchange line up includes Award winning documentary GLEASON, A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, KICKBOXER: VENGEANCE and RETALIATION and is starting production on Dustin Lance Black's STATISTICAL PROBALITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT this fall.



About The Exchange:

Collaborative and transparent, The Exchange is a leading international sales and finance company committed to creating strong relationships between filmmakers, film financers and distributors through the exchange of product, information and commerce. Created by veteran sales executive Brian O'Shea, the company specializes in high quality, commercial films that appeal to North American audiences and the ever-evolving global film market. For more information, please visit:

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Contributing editors: Bruno Chatelin 

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