Steve James to speak at TIFF Doc Conference

The Toronto International Film Festival's annual industry conference will also include sessions devoted to the Brexit vote fall-out and equity for women in film.
July 19, 2016

The Toronto International Film Festival’s annual industry conference will include sessions on Brexit and equity for women in the film business, as well as a talk by documentarian Steve James.

The Hoop Dreams director will be on hand for the day-long Doc Conference on September 13, which will also cover VR, true crime and other documentary trends.

During the seven-day TIFF Industry Conference, producers and reps from UK film agencies will discuss the fall-out from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, and in another session European screen agencies and producers will address how the changing financial landscape affects international access to Europe.

Equity for women in film is another major focus. Producers and national film agency reps from around the world will gather to share strategies on how to create greater access for women in film.

Additionally, Jigsaw Productions‘ Epix docuseries The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem will screen and be followed by a Q&A with director Caroline Suh and executive producers Laura Michalchyshyn and Stacey Offman, as well as a roundtable with prominent execs. The doc will also be available via the festival’s website for a 24-hour window.

Confirmed speakers include British Film Institute head of international Isabel Davis, Eurimages executive director Roberto Olla, Arsam International CEO Ilann Girard and Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner.

“We want to use the Conference’s international platform to highlight topics that everyone is talking about,” said TIFF Industry director Kathleen Drumm in a statement. “This year, Brexit is top-of-mind ─ not only for the UK, but for producers and financiers across the world. We also want to ramp up the conversation around women’s fair and equal participation in the industry.”

The conference is also launching a one-day workshop in collaboration with the Casting Society of America aimed at international actors interested in breaking into the North American market.

The TIFF Industry Conference runs from September 9 to 15. The full list of speakers and events will be announced next month.

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