As the countdown to the 32nd edition of the largest film festival in North America continues, brass at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group unveiled the moniker for the org’s new home and HQ: Bell Lightbox.
The name is a nod to Ma Bell, a founding sponsor of the fest, and the art of filmmaking past, present, and future, said Piers Handling, director and CEO of the fest group.
“This is another milestone in achieving Toronto Intl. Film Festival Group’s goal — to be the landmark destination for the moving image,” he said.
In May, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new center that will include five floors housing the group’s year-round activities plus a 37-story condo.
Fundraisers have been hard at work, with more than C$137 million ($130 million) out of a budgeted of $186 million raised so far. The most recent contribution, announced Monday, was an additional $1.9 million from the Copyright Collective of Canada, which brings its total donation to $2.9 million.
Bell Lightbox is skedded to open its doors in late 2009 or early 2010.
Also on Monday, the Canadian Film and Television Production Assn. announced Canuck producers Damon D’Oliveria (“Poor Boy’s Game”), Niv Fichman (“Silk”), Jennifer Jonas (“All Hat”), Denis Robert (“Age of Ignorance”) and Anna Stratton (“Emotional Arithmetic”) have been tapped as nominees for the second annual CFTPA Feature Film Producer’s Award, to be handed out at the Toronto festival, which runs Sept. 6 to 15.