Toronto Industry Conference Topics Include Gender in Media, China-Hollywood Relations

Gender equilibrium in media, shifting currents in revenue streams and China-Hollywood collaborations are among the hot topics cooking at the Toronto International Film Festival’s 2015 industry conference, which rolled out its full programming slate Thursday.

“Empire” co-exec producer and writer Wendy Calhoun, Warner Bros. Pictures exec Niija Kuyendall and film producer Kydia Dean Pilcher are among a host of industry leaders speaking up at the inaugural edition of Upfront. This year the dialogue series explores the role of gender in media, in sessions looking at subjects such as financing female-led films.

Each conference day kicks off with State of the Industry, a session that digs into the theme of the day, with presenters such as Bianca Goodloe, Protagonist Pictures’ Mike Goodridge and Vice Media’s Danny Gabai setting the tone. An array of U.S. international film industry experts pick up the conversation in Industry Dialogues, the conference’s core program.

The Asian Film Summit, taking place September 15, homes in on China this year. Huayi Brothers’ Felice Bee, Wanda’s Jerry Ye, Densen International Media’s An Xiofen and iQyi’s Andy Li are among industry heavyweights tapped for panels examining the tenability, benefits and hurdles in collaborating with the Chinese film industry.

A highlight of the Doc Conference’s wide-ranging programming will surely be a preview of “Gentle 7 Soft: The Story of the Blue Jean Committee,” the season finale of IFC’s series “Documentary Now!,” which will be presented by Bill Hader and Rhys Thomas.

The conference, now open for registration, offers five pass types, each including access to the main and doc conferences. Online registration closes August 28. The TIFF Industry conference runs from September 11 to 17.

TIFF Industry Conference daily topics:

September 11 – Creative process
September 12 – Financing and co-production
September 13 – Marketing
September 14 – Distribution and sales
September 15 – Asian film summit
September 16 – Doc conference
September 17 – Future of content

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