Keanu Reeves, Johnnie To and Tatsumi “Tom” Yoda will be among participants at the Toronto International Film Festival’s second Asian Film Summit on Sept 10.
Reeves will join producer Lemore Syvan and Tom Quinn from distributor RADiUS-TWC in the panel discussion Case Study: Man Of Tai Chi, offering insights into the festival’s special presentation screening.
In another anticipated event, Michael Lake, CEO of Pinewood Iskandar Malaysia Studios, Reliance Big Pictures (Mumbai) CEO Sanjeev Lamba and Canadian producer Shan Tam (Finding Mr. Right) discuss their experiences working cross-culturally.
Rome Film Festival artistic director Marco Mueller will take part in a one-on-one conversation with To, while confirmed panelists includes Yoda and producer Niv Fichman of Rhombus Media.
“The Asian Film Summit is the product of many years’ work and a natural outgrowth of the Festival’s role showcasing the best of global cinema,” said TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling. “Building on the momentum and excitement of our own recent Japanese and Chinese film retrospectives, and the global attention focused on the region, the Summit will continue to grow and develop. We’re looking forward to even more exchanges of the type that made the inaugural event such a success.”
“The immediate future of the global film industry will be defined by its ability to bring East and West together,” said the festival’s artistic director Cameron Bailey. “TIFF’s Asian Film Summit is our effort to aid that dialogue.”
“This year’s Summit will offer practical opportunities for producers to meet counterparts from the other side of the world, as well as the chance to learn from industry leaders who’ve made pioneering strides towards bridge-building.”
The Summit will include panel discussions, working sessions and a gala banquet. Further programming details will emerged in the coming weeks.