Saturday, March 17, 2012

SPOTLIGHT ON MUMBAI AT TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL’S CITY TO CITY PROGRAMME

Cameron Bailey, co-Director and the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival was in Mumbai for the FICCI-FRAMES three day convention, where he was a panel member for the discussion on Navigating the International Waters: Indian Cinema and Actors Overseas. At the conclusion of his talk he announced that TIFF’s City to City programme will focus on Mumbai. This is the fourth year for the City to City series. Cities featured in past programmes include Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Buenos Aires.

“Past editions of City to City explored how filmmakers represented their urban landscape. This year we'll shift the scope of the programme to showcase filmmakers living and working in Mumbai, regardless of where their films are set," said Bailey, who is currently in Mumbai participating in FICCI FRAMES, the global media and entertainment convention. “There's been an exciting evolution recently that's seen local independent films emerge to contrast with Bollywood's dazzling commercial movies. Whether you call it Mumbai or Bombay, this city is a massive player in the global film world, and a place I've grown to love in all its diversity. Toronto audiences are in for a thrill this September.”

TIFF’s 2012 City to City lineup will showcase around ten films made by filmmakers living and working in Mumbai city. The final selection will be announced in August. The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2012.

To tweet this release: tiff.net/TIFFCTC

About TIFF

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the waypeople see the world through film. An international leader in film culture,TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival inSeptember; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distributionprogram Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of$170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government ofCanada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel andSusan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, Major Sponsor and official bank RBC,and BlackBerry. For more information, visit tiff.net.

Toronto International Film Festival isgenerously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsor RBC, and MajorSupporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Toronto Spotlights Mumbai Filmmakers

 

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SETS ITS SIGHTS ON MUMBAI

FOR 2012 CITY TO CITY PROGRAMME

Mumbai — Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, announced today that the 2012 Festival's City to City programme will focus on Mumbai.

“Past editions of City to City explored how filmmakers represented their urban landscape. This year we'll shift the scope of the programme to showcase filmmakers living and working in Mumbai, regardless of where their films are set," said Bailey, who is currently in Mumbai participating in FICCI FRAMES,the global media and entertainment convention. “There's been an excitinge volution recently that's seen local independent films emerge to contrast with Bollywood's dazzling commercial movies. Whether you call it Mumbai or Bombay,this city is a massive player in the global film world, and a place I've grown to love in all its diversity. Toronto audiences are in for a thrill this September.”

This is the fourth year for the City to City series;cities featured in past programmes include Tel Aviv, Istanbul and Buenos Aires.The announcement of the City to City lineup will be made in August. The 37thToronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2012.

To tweet this release: tiff.net/TIFFCTC

About TIFF

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture,TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions,and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of$170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, Major Sponsor and official bank RBC,and BlackBerry. For more information, visit tiff.net.

Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsor RBC, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Toronto International Film Festival

Cameron Bailey named Artistic Director

The Toronto Film Festival announced on March 14th that Piers Handling's co-director Cameron Bailey has been named artistic director. Handling remains as director and CEO.

Bailey became co-director three years ago, replacing Noah Cowan who had also been Handling's co-director. Cowan moved to artistic director of Bell Lightbox, the fest's home-base and screening venue.

The co-director's role was to allow Handling to move away from the day-to-day running of the fest and focus on his CEO functions. But this latest move brings Handling back into a hands-on role.

Bailey and Cowan will be in charge of both year-round and fest programming.

"Today's announcement is part of our ongoing efforts to become a fully integrated year-round film institution," said Handling. "While Cameron's responsibilities remain unchanged, I believe that his new title will support our efforts to streamline and integrate our programming across all divisions within the organization."

National Film Development Corporation’s Screenwriters’ Lab 2012

 

Call for Entries

National Film Development Corporation’s

Screenwriters’ Lab: 2012

Film Bazaar, NFDC will conduct its 6th edition of Scriptwriters’ Lab between Venice and Goa in 2012 as part of its endeavour to provide a platform for Indian script writers and international film professionals to collaborate.
Scriptwriters’ Lab 2012, invites 6 Indian scriptwriters to work with international mentors on their scripts and look for possible co-production partnership opportunities during Film Bazaar.
A two part script-lab designed to prepare Indian screenwriters with original stories for working with international film professionals. The Screenwriters’ Lab aims at improving a completed screenplay, with focus on the international marketability of the same.

Held in association with Binger Filmlab and the Venice International Film Festival, Italy.

The lab is conducted by Marten Rabarts, Artistic Director, Binger Filmlab inn association with international mentors

Session 1: Venice International Film Festival, Italy

Session 2: November third week, 2012 at Film Bazar, Goa, India

Application Deadline – May 31, 2012

Applications available online at www.filmbazaarindia.com

Binger Filmlab, Amsterdam, opened its doors in 1996 as a post-academic training center for film professionals and has matured into a challenging and unique film lab with intensive programs that focus on the development of projects and individual talents that create them. In the first 10-year trajectory. Binger had discovered its natural allies in its work of supporting the brightest emerging talents; the Sundance institute and its Labs in the US, the Nipkow programme residencies in Berlin, Paris’ Cin√©fondation Residence (Cannes International Film Festival) and now with NFDC’s Film Bazaar in India.

NFDC – Binger Screenwriters’ Lab believes in challenging filmmakers to look at many choices available and recognize the wide array of possibilities that are inherent in their stories and lie within their vision of the film.

About Film Bazaar

National Film Development Corporation’s international co-production and sales market is held over 4 days in November alongside the International Film Festival of India in Goa. Projects at all stages of development and production are eligible to apply for the co-production market. Other activities include the Companies’ Marketplace, the Work-in-Progress lab for rough cuts, the Screenwriters’ Lab and a Business Conclave. International partnerships have included an award for the most promising project presented by the Huberts Bals Fund. Its partners include Primehouse, Europa Cinemas, CineMart, The Hubert Bals Fund, Moscow Co-Production Market, IFP New York, and the Binger Filmlab of the Netherlan