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TIFF 2012 Hosts Shangri-La Asian Film Summit on September 10; Jackie Chan Guest of Honor

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood July 4, 2012 at 1:01PM

The Toronto International Film Festival announces that the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit will take place on September 10 of this year's fest, which runs September 6-16.
Jackie Chan

The Toronto International Film Festival announces the Shangri-La Hotel Toronto Asian Film Summit will take place on September 10; the fest runs September 6-16. The Shangri-La Hotel summit will bring together key leaders in film production, distribution, finance, exhibition and policy, with international action star Jackie Chan attending as the event's guest of honor.

The goal of the summit is to strengthen ties between Asian film industries and the West. Toronto is "a prime meeting place" for the summit, said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey, as the festival is "both a key launchpad to films in North America and home to huge audiences for Asian cinema."

The full TIFF Asian summit lineup will be announced in the coming weeks on the festival's website.

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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.