3 top memories from the Toronto International Film Festival

SARA BERNSTEIN, director of documentary programming, hbo (us):
October 1, 2006

For some, the Toronto International Film Festival is time to roll up their sleeves and talk business. For others, it’s a rare chance to sit in a darkened theater and screen with the public. At this year’s fest, Michael Moore shared parts of his much-anticipated doc Sicko, and Jennifer Baichwal premiered Manufactured Landscapes, which won the Toronto-City award for Best Canadian Feature Film. Here’s what some insiders recalled about TIFF for realscreen.

SARA BERNSTEIN, director of documentary programming, HBO (US):
Sitting next to an anxious Adrian Grenier at the first sold-out screening of [his doc] Shot In The Dark and realizing this small, intimate film has made it to a very big screen. I mean, have you seen the screens at the Paramount?

JAN ROFEKAMP, president and CEO, Films Transit International (Canada):
TIFF is the perfect testing ground to see a film’s potential. There are foreign and domestic people there, DVD people, and it tells us if we should continue on the theatrical road for a doc, or move it to the broadcast market.

VINCENZO MARRA, director, The Session is Open (Italy):
For me, Toronto signifies sharing a cinema experience that unites us with 350 other crazy people. I was happy to be at one of the most important festivals in the world, seeing a land chosen by many Italians.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.