TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NEWS
EXCLUSIVE: Metrodome haul includes Toronto doc, Partisan and 2000AD.
Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Canada) to Mark Sawers’ No Men Beyond This Point and is planning a 2016 release for the sci-fi comedy.
The new Canadian distributor led by Alex Bronfman and Matt Orenstein has picked up the elevated horror film starring Emma Roberts.
Historical thriller secures deals out of Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Seville International has concluded a raft of key sales on Leena Yadav’s recent Toronto Special Presentation.
As Toronto came to a close the Industry Office reported that the number of attending buyers climbed 9% over last year as observers bemoaned a lack of activity.
The new buyer is closing on possibly the biggest buy of Toronto as it swooped on world rights ahead of what Screen International understands will be an offload of international rights to a studio.
TORONTO: Lenny Abrahamson’s acclaimed drama starring Brie Larson has won Toronto’s People’s Choice Award in what is likely to further boost its awards season prospects.
A trio of festival titles have found US homes including the closing night film.
The producers of London Fields have responded to the decision by TIFF top brass to pull the noir thriller ahead of Friday’s world premiere following allegations by the director.
World premiere cancelled following allegations from director.
The active New York distributor and DirecTV are reportedly closing on a US deal for the Vanguard selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Charlotte Mickie and producers Gaurav Dhingra and Sol Bondy have announced further deals on the hot Toronto sales title.
The studio is understood to have paid more than $5m for worldwide rights to Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s Venice Grand Jury Prize winner.
SPC has paid low seven-figures for US and Latin America on Land Of Mine, while Magnolia Pictures has acquired US rights to The Wave.
The Oscar winner will star and produce the Toronto sales title through his Fable House Production for Corsan alongside Corsan CEO Paul Breuls.
The Weinstein Company has picked up US rights to the Natalie Portman starrer after a lead attorney on the film pulled it from Relativity before the latter filed for bankruptcy on July 30.
Diaphana Distribution has landed distribution rights to the Belgian thriller from Robin Pront and Bart Van Langendonck.
Mathew Cullen alleges the film’s producers “secretly prepared their own version of the film”.
The arrival in Toronto of a hefty cluster of prestige titles with US distribution already in place presaged a sluggish buying scene and so it proved to be over the first five days.
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The Beasts Of No Nation writer-director personally lobbied for a theatrical component to the release of Netflix’s first original feature.
EXCLUSIVE: Marc Butan’s MadRiver Pictures and Laura Bickford Productions have partnered with Sesso Entertainment’s Samuel Franco on the action thriller Six Minutes To Freedom.
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto is looking to expand its television Primetime line-up next year with series from Asia and the UK.
EXCLUSIVE: Australian box office hit Last Cab To Darwin has been flagged down by distributors in Asia and Latin America.
Guido Rud’s Buenos Aires-based sales agent has announced another wave of sales from its Toronto slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Mongrel International has slotted another piece into its international distribution jigsaw on Jungle Book Entertainment and One Two Films’ Toronto Special Presentation selection Angry Indian Goddesses.
Icelandic TV drama Trapped, which has been picked up by the BBC, is set to launch in the US after it was acquired by The Weinstein Company.
The distributor has picked up Can Evrenol’s Turkish Midnight Madness favourite in Toronto.
Drone thriller starring Helen Mirren and Aaron Paul sold by eOne.
EXCLUSIVE: Film4 has revealed plans for a refugee drama from acclaimed writer Zadie Smith to be made by Ex Machina producer DNA Films.
The distributor has pounced on its second title in Toronto, taking US rights from Minds Eye Entertainment to Jon Cassar’s Western.
Rob Paris’ LA-based Paris Film, Robert Menzies’ Ottawa-based Zed Filmworks and Canadian real estate developer Alphonse Ghossein’s Go Insane Films will co-finance and produce the drama.
EXCLUSIVE: Arab distributor MAD Solutions has picked up its second Toronto title with a film produced by Costa-Gavras.
A Warner Bros. executive has called for more scripts written by women writers to help correct the film industry’s gender imbalance.
The 3D sci-fi thriller reunites the Arclight team with the star of their $80m Chinese smash Zhongkui: Snow Girl And The Dark Crystal.
EXCLUSIVE: Pascal Borno’s company has reported a strong response from buyers in Toronto to the film starring Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Wilson.
EXCLUSIVE: Cargo Entertainment/Radiant Films International are handling international sales here via their new partnership on London Town starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer.
A group of film industry veterans have teamed up with the government of Antigua on an initial slate of five features designed to boost the Caribbean island’s production ambitions.
Attraction Distribution has licensed its Toronto world premiere selection to Satine Films for Italy.
Political thriller stars Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger.
Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek will star in the comedy which Fortitude International has been touting to buyers in Toronto.
Momentum Pictures acquires drama set to world premiere in Toronto.
The Oscar-winning producer and CEO of Voltage Pictures launched into an impassioned attack on IP theft at an industry discussion in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Edward Noeltner’s sales company has announced key sales on Mili Pictures’ animation directed by Oscar nominee Mike Johnson and Song Yuefeng.
EXCLUSIVE: Completion guarantor has six films at Toronto including Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise.
EXCLUSIVE: Buenos Aires-based FilmSharks has closed key deals on thriller Kóblic starring Ricardo Darin from Goya-winning director Sebastián Borensztein.
The studio has swooped in Toronto and will distribute Stephen Frears’ drama in the US while Pathe handles the UK and France.
British films hoping to succeed in the international market must overcome production and distribution roadblocks in an increasingly competitive industry.
Voltage Pictures and Gerard Butler announced the casting on Mark Williams’ feature directorial debut and Toronto sales title.
Double Dutch International (DDI) announced in Toronto it has acquired worldwide sales to the biopic and attached Michael Gambon to join David Tennant on the cast.
Melbourne-based Motion Picture Domain Registry (MPDR) has launched the .film domain dedicated exclusively to film content.
Myriad Pictures announced in Toronto it will finance and handle international sales on the comedy-drama to star Shirley MacLaine and Amanda Seyfried.
Fortissimo Films has secured a North American deal for Ray Yeung’s gay comedy-drama, Front Cover.
The American Zoetrope and Lifetime Films drama starring Diane Lane, Arnaud Viard and featuring Alec Baldwin has wrapped production in the south of France.
EXCLUSIVE: Feature documentary filmed teen prodigy for more than a decade.
The company has secured a raft of key sales on the comedy follow-up to A Few Best Men and announced from Toronto an October 26 production start in Western Australia.
EXCLUSIVE: Film to market premiere at Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: The US faith-based distributor, in Toronto with Woodlawn, has signed an output deal with the Canadian art house specialist.
EXCLUSIVE: Paris-based Wide House has sealed fresh deals on German Kral’s Our Last Tango ahead of its world premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: The Santa Monica-based financing, production and distribution company is in Toronto handling international sales on the SXSW selection starring Katie Holmes and Luke Kirby.
EXCLUSIVE: Animation produced by China-US firm Mili Pictures.
Lianne Halfon will join Colin Brown on a panel to discuss the production landscape at OMDC’s International Finance Forum.
Veteran director asked about diversity at a press conference for The Martian.
Last night’s world premiere of Michael Moore’s new documentary was the hot ticket among buyers looking for that first on-site deal heading into the opening weekend.
Guatemala’s first Oscar submission from Jayro Bustamente premiered in Berlin where it won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize and screens in Toronto on Wednesday.
Anders Walter will direct 1492 Pictures/Ocean Blue Entertainment, Treehouse Pictures, Man Of Action Entertainment and XYZ Films’ graphic novel adaptation.
EXCLUSIVE: Former Remain In Light duo team to launch new distributor.
EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s comedy snapped up for Benelux and Switzerland.
Myriad Pictures has begun international sales on the horror film via its new Scoundrel label.
The Orchard and HBO have teamed up on the worldwide release of The Music Of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble ahead of tomorrow’s world premiere here. [Sept 13].
Raven Banner Entertainment specialty label has acquired all Canadian rights to the acclaimed black-and-white Colombian film that screens in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Cohen Media Group has swooped on US rights to Les Cowboys ahead of tomorrow’s screening in Toronto’s Discovery strand.
EXCLUSIVE: Premiere Entertainment Group has concluded a raft of sales on action thriller Code Of Honor starring Steven Seagal.
EXCLUSIVE: The Hunger Games distributor takes on titles for international sales.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit inks deal for record-breaking animation; new voice cast attached.
Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland reveal hopes for this year’s selection.
The actress talked to artistic director Cameron Bailey about her film-making debut and being inspired by her previous directors
Freddy Highmore and John Hurt have also joined the dramatic comedy, which IM Global is introducing to international buyers here.
Drafthouse Films has acquired North American rights from LevelK to the Danish box office hit ahead of Monday’s North American premiere in Toronto.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired US rights to Julio Medem’s drama starring Penélope Cruz in the run-up to its Tuesday international premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Josef Hader and Barbara Sukowa star in feature from Cloud Atlas producer.
EXCLUSIVE: WestEnd Films closes raft of deals on Toronto Midnight Madness selection.
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Fonda is to replace the late Sir Christopher Lee in ensemble 9/11 drama The 11th, which is closing financing in Toronto.
Toronto’s head documentary programmer has expressed surprise over the court ruling that led to the withdrawal from the festival of the Aretha Franklin documentary Amazing Grace, saying, “I was left wondering what the judge was smoking.”
EXCLUSIVE: FilmRise has acquired North American rights to record-breaking Chinese hit Monster Hunt, directed by Shrek animator Raman Hui, from Edko Films.
Toronto-based A71 Entertainment has picked up Canadian rights to the film ahead of its North American premiere in Toronto on Tuesday.
Freshly minted packaging and sales division Verve Ventures will launch sales here on The Twisted from Scott Free Productions’ new label Ridley Scott Presents.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier has been promoted to svp of international sales at Seville International as the company arrives in Toronto with a seven-strong slate.
EXCLUSIVE: Films Boutique has racked up a slew of sales for Russian director Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia, following its world premiere at Venice last week.
EXCLUSIVE: Deal signed following French premiere at Deauville.
EXCLUSIVE: The Visit star Olivia DeJonge has signed to star in Sydney-set home invasion thriller
EXCLUSIVE: Toronto-based 108 Media has assembled its autumn slate and will commence talks in Toronto on world rights to the documentaries Small Things, Big Things and The Transparentsea Voyage.
Argentine miniseries from the director of Wakolda screening at Toronto.
Paul Hanson and Media Content Capital’s new finance, production and sales company has brought on the former Grosvenor Park and Sierra/Affinity sales executive as president of international.
The company have invested in the film’s post-production ahead of its premiere in Toronto.
XYZ Films and Bullet Pictures are producing the action thriller that XYZ Films will introduce to world buyers in Toronto this week.
The Toronto-based company behind The Whistleblower starring Rachel Weisz and Anton Corbijn’s upcoming Life has started a scripted television department.
Organisers said on Tuesday they were “extremely disappointed” after producers on the Aretha Franklin documentary withdrew the film on the eve of the festival.
Kirk D’Amico’s Santa Monica-based sales agent is launching a genre label and kicks off with international rights to the SXSW horror starring Jeremy Sisto.
The London-based distributor will commence international sales in Toronto on Jamie M Dagg’s imminent world premiere.
EXCLUSIVE: Yarek Danielak’s Los Angeles-based distribution and production house has acquired world sales rights to the rom-com starring Scott Eastwood.
Free tickets can be booked now for the panel, held in association with UKTI, which takes place on Friday (Sept 11).
For the third year in a row the partners will celebrate Canadian women in film during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
Acquisitions include Kyle Ham’s Reparation.
Voltage has injected some buzz into what is shaping up to be a solid pre-sale landscape at Toronto and will introduce buyers to the Gerard Butler starrer from feature directorial debutant Mark Williams.
Hong Kong-based sales company Asian Shadows has picked up world rights (outside Greater China) to Tibetan director Pema Tseden’s Tharlo, which will receive its world premiere in Venice’s Orizzonti section.
The Vancouver-based producer-financier has reorganised his companies Bron Studios, genre label The Realm, Bron Releasing, Bron Animation and affiliate entities under the umbrella group.
Avi Lewis’ documentary based on the Naomi Klein’s book about global warming will open in the US in early October following its Toronto world premiere on September 13.
Wim Wenders’ 3D car crash drama will receive its North American premiere in Toronto and stars James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams and Marie-Josée Croze.
Bleiberg Entertainment and Red Granite International subsidiary Blue Box International will handle international sales in Toronto on the action thriller starring Zoë Bell.
EXCLUSIVE: Ryan Kampe and his New York-based team head into the fall festival season with a raft of new acquisitions led by a worldwide deal excluding Australia/New Zealand on Venice premiere Tanna.
EXCLUSIVE: UK sales outfit boards international rights to directorial debut of Zack Whedon.
President of film Jamie Carmichael and head of sales Harry White will debut footage from the road trip comedy in Toronto after coming on to handle international sales.
Nearly 60 international and Canadian producers will head to the Ontario Media Development Corporation’s (OMDC) annual International Financing Forum in Toronto.
Bloom will kick off international sales in Toronto next week for Black Label Media and Bruce Cohen Productions. CAA represents North American rights.
Theis sci-fi feature scheduled to commence production in Europe on January 18.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto, Jungle Book Entertainment and One Two Films have brought on Charlotte Mickie and her team to kick off world sales on what they have described as India’s first female buddy movie.
Soda has picked up three Toronto titles, including Ben Wheatley drama-thriller.
Vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier has assembled a sales slate that includes five festival selections including the world premiere of Leena Yadav’s tale of four ordinary women in India.
Content Media has acquired international sales to Dennis Hauck’s neo-noir detective thriller and will host a private buyers screening in Toronto.
Films set to show at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), updated as announcements are made in the run up to the event.
Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has completed its line-up with the Discovery, New Wave TIFF Kids and In Conversation With… strands and has confirmed the return of Festival Street.
EXCLUSIVE: LA-based 13 Films picks up Michael Lennox’s Toronto-bound thriller.
EXCLUSIVE: The sales agent will introduce worldwide buyers to Alejandra Márquez Abella’s Mexican feature directorial debut ahead of its September 10 world premiere in Toronto.
EXCLUSIVE: Heading into Toronto Arsenal Pictures has acquired worldwide rights to the film about the South African punk rockers.
EXCLUSIVE: Wedding-set supernatural tale to premiere in Vanguard section.
Twenty-four producers from Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand have been selected for the programme.
The UK’s Hanan Kattan, Germany’s Peter Rommel and Canada’s Chantelle Kadyschuk are among those selected for this year’s Producers Lab Toronto (PLT).
Top brass at the Toronto International Film Festival industry office on Thursday revealed further details of next month’s line-up of sessions scheduled to run from September 11-17.
EXCLUSIVE: The team representing Paddy Breathnach’s Havana-set drama has come together and will present the film to market buyers in Toronto next month.
EXCLUSIVE: Anick Poirier and her team will commence world sales in Toronto on Quadrant Motion Pictures’ film about a dysfunctional family reunion.
Potential awards season contenders Truth from James Vanderbilt and Marc Abraham’s I Saw The Light starring Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams land world premiere slots, while Paco Cabezas’s Mr. Right will close the festival.
EXCLUSIVE: The London-based sales agent has struck a US and Canadian sale on the BAFTA-nominated war story ahead of next month’s North American premiere in Toronto.
Twelve titles also include films by Pablo Trapero, Joaquim Lafosse, He Ping and Fabienne Berthaud.
The distributor has acquired North American rights from Wild Bunch to Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s French horror film ahead of its world premiere in Toronto’s Vanguard strand.
Toronto brass on Thursday paid homage to arguably the most dynamic and provocative content format in entertainment, announcing the festival’s inaugural slate of six TV projects from the likes of Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman and Lucía Puenzo.
Organisers unleashed their latest volley of programming, an embarrassment of riches featuring new non-fiction work about education activist Malala Yousafzai, Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the iconic tango pairing of María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes.
World premieres for Patricia Rozema, Guy Édoin and Stephen Dunn are among the selection scheduled to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).