The Toronto International Film Festival will open its Doc Conference with a conversation with Werner Herzog about the making of his new film Meeting Gorbachev (pictured), co-directed with André Singer and playing at the 2018 festival.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the TIFF Doc Conference was announced Thursday (Aug. 16) as part of the six-day TIFF Industry Conference, which runs from Sept. 7 to Sept. 12 at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto.
Also joining the lineup are Democracy Now! producer Nermeen Shaikh, on what makes a great doc; CEO of the Festival Agency Leslie Vuchot, on self distribution and marketing; Inuk filmmaker Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, whose 2016 film Angry Inuk won the Audience Award at Hot Docs and Social Justice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, on the future of Indigenous storytelling and how to tell stories with humility; and a round table on actions to free imprisoned Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, with filmmaker Sergei Loznitsa, Tanya Cooper from Human Rights Watch and Polina Kovaleva from PEN America.
Realscreen has learned that three additional panels have been added to the conference lineup:
Non-fiction sales agents including CAA’s Amanda Lebow, ICM’s Jessica Lacy, Endeavor Content’s Kevin Iwashina and UTA’s Rena Ronson cover trends, opportunities and cautions in the documentary marketplace in the face of new buyers, higher prices, more complex deals involving bigger Hollywood talent agencies, celebrity partners and fiction remakes;
Director Maxim Pozdorovkin and cinematographer Joe Bender, who most recently collaborated on The Truth About Killer Robots, premiering at TIFF and coming soon to HBO from Third Party Films, discuss the role of robotic technology on the creative arts. With rapid innovations in computer vision, language processing and software advances, machines are taking increasingly significant roles in the filmmaking process;
And finally, The Elephant Queen director Victoria Stone and co-director/cinematographer Mark Deeble offer a glimpse into the production of their ambitious nature doc. The two spent four years in Kenya, following an Elephant herd led by mother Athena on the hunt for water, to bring an emotional journey in the vein of March of Penguins to this year’s festival.
The TIFF Doc Conference is curated by TIFF Docs programmers Thom Powers and Dorota Lech.
The conference takes place on Sept. 11 at the Glenn Gould Studio.
Read about TIFF’s 2018 documentary lineup here.