The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled a plethora of industry initiatives today [Aug 20] for next month's festival designed to develop and support the Canadian film industry and its partners.

The Ontario Media Development Corporation's day-long International Financing Forum (IFF) runs on Sept 10. The event brings together sales agents, producers, agents and executive producers and is designed to encourage international co-productions with Canadian film-makers.

For the first time a limited number of tickets for Telefilm Canada's News & Views panels will be available to the public. Topics under discussion include new online portals featuring Jaman's vice president of worldwide programming Kathleen J Powell, and social networks with MySpace content producer Christine Moore, among others.

Joining previously announced guest speakers in the Talent Lab artistic development programme are directors Jason Reitman, Wayne Wang and Santosh Sivan, acclaimed artist Daniel Lanois, and emerging film-makers David Alexander and Osbert Parker from the UK and Nigeria's Ishaku Gumut.

Talent Lab 2007 participants Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany will screen work in this year's Short Cuts Canada.

The inaugural Meet With series of informal sessions offer insights from seasoned professionals about such aspects of the business as literary deal making, producers reps, casting agents, financing, and introductions to players in games and interactive content.

Telefilm Canada Pitch This! returns to the festival for its eighth consecutive year and shortlists six final applicants who are allotted six minutes to pitch their feature to an audience of more than 250 industry professionals.

This year's Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finalists are: Geoff Redknap and Katie Weekley for The Auburn Hills Breakdown; Daniel Shehori and Steven Shehori for The Engagement Pact; Jim Goodall and Paul Lenart for Giantland; Adnan Ahmed for Invisible City; Mona Waserman and Peter Reynolds for Senior Year; and Shelly Hong and Soo-won Lee for Swallow.

This year's pitch coaches are: This is that producer Anne Carey; Echo Lake Productions' vice president of production Amotz Zakai; Burns Film Ltd producer Shirley Vercruysse; and Arclight Films' vice president of worldwide sales Lina Marrone.

The Marketing Assistance Programme (MAP) aims to help Canadian film-makers navigate the international marketplace by providing marketing and publicity support through working directly with film-makers and utilising the festival's global network of industry professionals.

Industry professionals can benefit from further networking opportunities through the peer-to-peer online network Match Club. The facility is open to 1,000 professionals at 5th Elementt Restaurant, and this year hosts Doc Corner, open to all documentary delegates.

The CFTPA Feature Film Producer's Award, founded by the Canadian Film and Television Production Association in 2006, is presented in partnership with the festival and commends an outstanding Canadian producer with a Canadian feature screening in official selection at the festival, whose body of work demonstrates commitment and passion for the profession. The Award offers a cash prize of $10,000 CAD and will be selected by a five-strong industry jury.

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