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Taiwan Front and Center at 26th Tokyo Film Festival

By Liza Foreman The countdown to this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (October 17 - 25, 2013)  has begun. The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF) will include a special-focus on Taiwan, including films from both established and veteran directors. The “Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013" series is part of the festival’s World Focus section. Herewith a list of the selected films for Taiwanese Cinema Renaissance 2013: “27°C- L...

Mid Fest wrap at TIFF

The F Word Press VIDEO conference in TIFF FUBAR and Goon director Michael Dowse makes a surprising swerve into sweetness with this winning romantic comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan. Med-school dropout Wallace (Daniel Radcliffe) is a hopeless romantic who's been repeatedly burned. He has put his life on hold — until he meets animator Chantry (Zoe Kazan). They click immediately; unfortunately, she's already living with her boyfriend, B...

Meet TIFF programers

Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, Festival Programmer   Alex Rogalski, Festival Programmer   Andréa Picard, Festival Programmer   Brad Deane, Festival Programmer   Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival   Colin Geddes, Festival Progr...

TIFF 2013: TIM'S VERMEER Featuring Penn & Teller, Tim Jenison, Martin Mull, David Hockney, Philip Steadman

TIM’S VERMEER   Directed by: Teller   Featuring:  Tim Jenison, Penn Jillette Martin Mull, Philip Steadman, David Hockney   Produced by: Penn Jillette and Farley Ziegler   Tim Jenison, a Texas based inventor, (Video Toaster, LightWave, TriCaster) attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch master Johannes Vermeer (“Girl with a Pearl Earring”) manage to paint so photo-realistically &nda...

Cameron's Daily Picks September 10th TIFF 2013

Cameron Bailey currently holds the position of Artistic Director for the Toronto International Film Festival, he shares with us his dailiy picks, watch him present the highlights of...Day 6 in Toronto 2013    ...

Cameron's Daily Picks September 9th TIFF 2013

Cameron Bailey currently holds the position of Artistic Director for the Toronto International Film Festival, he shares with us his dailiy picks, watch him present the highlights of... Day 5 in Toronto 2013   ...

A special screening of Shane Salerno’s Salinger at TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced a special screening of Shane Salerno’s Salinger. The documentary follows elusive author and literary legend J.D. Salinger, one of the most fascinating figures of the twentieth century, who brought the world The Catcher in the Rye. Salinger will screen to Festival audiences on Thursday, September 5 at 8 p.m.   For more than 50 years, J.D. Salinger has been the subject of a relentless stream of newspaper and magazine artic...

Program of Industry Conferences at TIFF

Industry Conference is a seven-day professional development opportunity for our registered delegates. The Conference will focus on a wide array of topics relevant to the industry, from financing and co-producing, to marketing and distribution, to traditional screenwriting and storytelling of the future.    Schedule Overview  Friday, September 6 – Emerging Filmmakers Day + Saturday, September 7 – Financing + Sunday, September 8 – Co-...

Europeans Dominate Competition In Tokyo

Europeans Dominate Competition In TokyoBy Liza ForemanTOKYO - The competition section of this year's Tokyo International Film Festival (October 22-30) will see Greece compete with France, Turkey, Sweden, England and Belgium, with this year's competition section dominated by films from the Euro zone. Only a handful of Asian titles compete this year, including Japan's The Woodsman and the Rain, which makes its world premiere; Oxide Pang's Sleepwalker which makes its world premiere also; Thai direc...

Japanese Prime Minister Opens 24th Tokyo International Film Festival

By Liza Foreman TOKYO -   The rain stopped just in time for the celebrities to walk the green carpet, laid out for the opening of the 24th Tokyo International FilmFestival (October 22-30th) on Saturday. TIFF chairman Tom Yoda welcomed guests, including Jackie Chan, whose 100th film“1911” kicked off events as the special opening film. Highlights of the night included the cast of the “Fukushima Hula Girls,” participating as part of the national caravan for the recons...

TIFF Inigo Film Festival Director's interview on

  How long has the festival been going, and why not make it an annual event? I started TIFF in 2005. Every film festival has two challenges: who is going to watch your films (audience) and the huge expenses of having everything screened in 35mm. We connected TIFF with the World Youth Day - which runs every three years in a different big city in the world, which would give us the largest worldwide international young audience. During our screenings we are overrun by young people. With ...

Call for Entries

TIFF – THE INIGO FILM FESTIVAL Madrid - SPAIN August 16 to 19, 2011 In the Spotlight this week is THE INIGO FILM FESTIVAL (TIFF), an international celebration of films on topics of faith and spirituality, taking place on World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain. TIFF showcases short films made by filmmakers under age 35, covering a wide variety of interpretations on Festival's theme: "City of God." The Festival seeks filmmakers who successfully integrate their relig...

Tokyo International Film Festival Wrap

 By Liza Forman Tokyo International Film Festival Winners 2010/TIFFCOM WrapAt this year’s Tokyo International Film Festival (October 23-31, 2010),Intimate Grammar took home the $50,000 Tokyo Sakura Grand Prix -- the second time Israeli director Nir Bergman has won the main award.Bergman’sBroken Wings also took the mainprize at TIFF in 2002, making him the only director to win it twice. 98-year-old Japanese director, Kaneto Shindo won the special jury prize, for POST CARD, a film about the...

TIFFCOM, TIFF's Market Arm Opens For Business

By Liza Foreman TIFFCOM 2010 (October 25-28), the Contents Business Marketaffiliated with TIFF, opens today after a set-up day yesterday in the toweringskyscraper in the middle of Tokyo which is home to the annual market. TIFFCOM2010has registered a record-breaking number of exhibitors, participating countriesand pre- registration, putting it on track to make  Tokyo  a mainhub for the content business in Asia.The numberof exhibitors this year is 222, up 4 percentage points from last year.Exhi...

Tokyo Gets Down To Business

 By Liza Foreman By the end of day one, the Tokyo International Film Festival (23-31 October, 2010) was in full swing.Throngs of fans gathered to witness arrivals at the green carpet for openingnight. But by the next day it was down to business with TIFF head Tom Yoda holding a discussion with journalists about the work Japan has to do to catchup with the American content business which Yoda estimated to be five times its size. Still, business and culturego hand in hand at he festival. Cultura...

Stars Shine Brightly In Toronto

  Natalie Portman in BLACK SWAN  While film professionals are here at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to buy and sell films in a still soft market, for the Toronto public the big attraction are the movie stars who will be walking the red carpet in the coming 10 days. Toronto is a bit star-crazy, with all the local television stations highlighting their TIFF coverage and promising viewers up-close-and-personal access with the movie stars who are huddling here. Ever...

Toronto Film Festival Versus The Bedbugs

  As film professionals and movie stars fly into Toronto for the international film festival that begins on Thursday, most will not realize that the city and the Festival that is its standard bearer, have been in a pitched battle with tiny insects. Panic was in the air when it was leaked to the local press last week that bedbugs (the insect scourge usually found in mattresses) were found at the Scotiabank Theatre, one of the Festival's main screening venues and the site for most of th...

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Toronto FF Ends With Awards

  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Although the Toronto International Film Festival does not have a official Competition Section (which distinguishes it from events in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and San Sebastian), there are a few awards announcements to close out the 12 day event. CADILLAC PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS The Cadillac People's Choice Award is voted on by Festival audiences. This year’s award went to Lee Daniels's Precious: Based on the Novel “Push...

More Celebrity Sightings In Toronto

Ashton Kutcher and Demi MooreBill MurrayBrenda BlethynChristopher PlummerClive OwenColin FarrellColin FirthDanny BoyleDiablo CodyEdward NortonEllen PageEthan HawkeJeff BridgesJulie Christie ...

Double Dose of George Clooney

  George Clooney in Jason Reitman's UP IN THE AIR by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Those attending the Toronto International Film Festival can be excused for a bout with double vision when it comes to a doubleheader of films by the Festival's most papparazzi-friendly presence, George Clooney. The fair-haired actor is the star of two high profile films that made their debuts here earlier this week. In THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS, directed by Grant Heslov...

Women Directors Rule At TIFF

  by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor Female directors have been the toast of town in Toronto this week, with films that have been embraced by the industry, film critics and audiences. Although women directors still make up an anemically small percentage of the ranks of film directors everywhere around the world, their special spins on a number of high profile films here are worth noting. No film premiere generated as much excitement as the red carpet gala of JEN...

11 Masters Screening At TIFF

  THE WHITE RIBBON (Michael Haneke)  by Sandy Mandelberger, TIFF Dailies Editor  The 34th Toronto International Film Festival is presenting 11 works that will be presented as part of the Masters programme, which brings audiences new works from the world’s greatest filmmakers. MASTERS ...

Star Gazing In Toronto

BonoChris RockDrew BarrymoreJulianne MooreKeanu ReevesMichael MooreNicholas CageViggo Mortersen ...

Galas Dazzle In Toronto

  by Sandy Mandelberger, TIFF Dailies Editor   The Gala Presentations here at the Toronto International Film Festival are certainly meant to dazzle....and they are doing just that by bringing name actors and directors to the fold for Toronto's enthusiastic public. Expect to see the following helmers tomake their way down the red carpet over the course of the next few days to present their latest  films: Alejandro Amenábar, Miguel Arteta, Sylvain Chomet, Rodrigo Ga...