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Toronto rounds out schedules

Organizers unveil initiatives, sessions

Toronto Intl. Film Festival organizers Monday unveiled programs including facilitated meetings, forums plus pitching and information sessions.

They include the inaugural “Meet With …” sessions, taking place throughout the fest, Sept. 6 to 15. Industry veterans will offer insights into subjects like literary deal-making, producer reps, casting agents, how to derive music revenue, financing, and introductions to players in games and interactive content.

Returning sessions include Telefilm Canada’s “News & Views” panels. This year’s topics are “New Online Portals,” with Roman Podzyhun of Chanel Zero, Azureus’ Peter Bradley, Pierre-Alexandre Labelle of UniverseCine and Kathleen Powell of Jaman; “Social Networks: Connecting Filmmakers to Audiences,” with Christine Moore of Myspace and producer Corey Marr; and “In the Mix: Discussing Music and Film,” with filmmakers Ed Gass-Donnelly, Dave Mackinnon and Daniel Lanois (whose “Here Is What Is” unspools at the fest). Tickets to these sessions are available to the public for the first time.

Also returning are: artistic development program Talent Lab, whose guests include Lanois, director Wayne Wang (“The Joy Luck Club”), Santosh Sivan (“Before the Rains”) and Jason Reitman (“Thank You for Smoking”); a daylong international financing forum Sept. 10; meeting venues Match Club & Doc Corner; helping Canadian filmmakers market to the international marketplace; and “Telefilm Canada Pitch This!” pitching and coaching sessions, back for its eighth year.

In addition, the Canadian Film & Television Production Assn. has teamed up with the fest to offer the second annual CFTPA Feature Film Producers Award, a cash prize of C$10,000 ($9,500) for a Canadian producer with a film in the festival whose work “demonstrates commitment and passion for the profession.”

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