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Toronto fest unveils industry programming

Werner, Ford join new Moguls' sessions

The Toronto Film Festival released Thursday the main details of its industry confab, with the Mogul program among several new and returning strands.

Mogul includes sessions with indie producer Ted Hope, IM Global’s Stuart Ford and Fortissimo Films chair Michael Werner.

The fest has consolidated industry action under one roof for the first time. The Hyatt Regency, one block from the TIFF Bell Lightbox hub, will house the sales and industry office, Filmmakers’ Lounge and related services as well as most of the industry programming.

The one-day Doc Conference, set for Sept. 12 at the TIFF Lightbox, delivers a keynote double-header with helmers Nick Broomfield and Morgan Spurlock, the world preem of Lucy Walker’s short docu “The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom” and a sneak peek at David Van Taylor’s six-part series “To Tell the Truth: Documentary History Comes Alive” plus discussions on the growing reach and impact of docus.

The Focus On strand includes panels exploring future directions of international co-productions, challenges in documaking and China’s emerging role in the global film industry — all featuring top players and execs.

New this year is TIFF Nexus, a year-round series launched at the fest with a panel on multiplatform storytelling focussed on the development of William Gibson’s “Neuromancer” as a film and game, with Bedlam Games prexy Trevor Fencott and helmer Vincenzo Natali on hand via Skype.

The more casual Meet With sessions cover costume design, crowd-funding innovations, screenwriting, music and contemporary Latin cinema.

Telefilm Canada’s new Talent to Watch series will spotlight emerging creative talent in local cinema.

For the first time this year, sales agents will be able to stream their officially selected titles to registered buyers during and following the fest via its partnerships with the Cinando and Festival Scope services.

Toronto runs Sept. 8-18.

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