Documentary and unscripted heavyweights like Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Barbara Kopple are among the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival Industry Conference lineup.
The yearly conference offers five days of business, creative development and networking opportunities to the international professionals in attendance.
The conference will open with producer Grazer (pictured, left) and director Howard (right), who produced TIFF’s opening night film Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band. The producing partners will discuss their prolific careers in narrative and documentary filmmaking, including their founding of Imagine Entertainment, which launched Imagine Documentaries last year.
The TIFF Doc Conference, a doc-focused subset of the Industry Conference, will feature conversations with some of the biggest names in non-fiction storytelling, including Barbara Kopple, Alan Berliner and Yung Chang, as well as Robert Fisk, the subject of Chang’s latest doc, This Is Not a Movie, premiering at the festival.
Also featured at the Doc Conference are talks on crowdfunding, a profile of The New York Times‘ first foray into film and television, Showtime’s doc strategy, funding for underrepresented doc makers and more. The Doc Conference is curated by Thom Powers and Denae Peters, the TIFF Docs programming team.
Other conference events include a talk with Swedish Film Institute CEO and 50/50 by 2020 advocate Anna Serner on gender equality and diversity in the industry, a story incubator on maximizing IP and a keynote address by Green Spark Group president Zena Harris on how to integrate sustainable practices into the film and TV industry.
The TIFF Industry Conference will run from Sept. 6 to 10. The 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15.