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TIFF Brings International Trailblazers Into the Spotlight with Asian Film Summit, Doc Talks & More

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! August 14, 2014 at 2:43PM

As the lineup shakes out, the 39th Toronto Film Festival is making way for what looks to be its most global program yet.
'Revenge of the Green Dragons'
'Revenge of the Green Dragons'

As the lineup shakes out, the 39th Toronto Film Festival is making way for what looks to be its most global program yet. Earlier this week, TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey unveiled his Spotlight on Seoul program featuring a new wave of films out of South Korea.

As announced today, the festival will sharpen its focus on Asian cinema with the third annual Asian Film Summit on September 9 at Toronto's swanky Shangri-La Hotel. Veterans flocking to this summit -- a major fulcrum for East-West industry relations -- include Legendary East CEO Peter Loehr, UniJapan's Kenta Fudesaka (a heavyweight at the Cannes market), directors Andrew Lau ("Revenge of the Green Dragons," coming soon to DirecTV) and Wang Xiaoshuai ("Red Amnesia"), who are bringing world premieres to the fest, and Welsh "The Raid" helmer Gareth Evans.

"The Look of Silence"
Drafthouse Films "The Look of Silence"
“The Asian Film Summit has grown just as the region has become a more prominent part of the international industry and our own efforts to extend TIFF’s reach and impact across Canada and around the world,” said TIFF CEO/Director Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF.

The Asian Film Summit includes panels and workshops offering a platform for industry leaders to connect, generate ideas, collaborate and find new business opportunities. Summit headliner Peter Loehr -- one of China's earliest independent film producers -- will share experiences in the Asian film industry, in conversation with Cameron Bailey.

Meanwhile, TIFF's Industry section features Moguls sessions with Silver Reel producer Claudia Bluemhuber ("Under the Skin," "Railway Man," "Grace of Monaco"), Danish director Susanne Bier (whose "A Second Chance" we'll see at TIFF this year), and panel discussions with Fandor's Ted Hope, Wild Bunch's Vincent Maraval, "Snowpiercer" producer Lee Tae Hun and VFX whiz Douglas Trumbull, and more.

Under the stead of programmer Thom Powers, Toronto will also lean heavily on documentary with the annual Doc Conference. In celebration of "Roger and Me"'s 25th birthday, Michael Moore will deliver a special keynote address; directors Joshua Oppenheimer (Oscar-nominated "The Act of Killing") and Ramin Bahrani will supplement their new films, "The Look of Silence" and "Lift You Up" respectively, with in-depth Q&As; and TIFF will spotlight a superb slate of key industry players, from Marc Schiller (BOND/360) to Dan Silver (ESPN) and more.

These are just a few of the highlights. More info here.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.