By William Wolf


For one who was at the first Toronto International Festival, then called the Festival of Festivals, it is impressive to consider the increase in buyers and sellers and corresponding results at the just-completed Festival, the 40th since its start. In the beginning the founders saw as a prime goal the possibility of promoting the Canadian film industry. In the years of huge growth since then, there was not only more commercial attention focused on Canadian films, but the scope is now world-wide.

This time around, the Festival reports more than 2100 buyers in attendance for a nine per cent increase over last year, and the number of registered delegates at 5400, an increase of seven percent over 2014. Delegates came from more than 60 countries, with increases from Africa, Europe and Australia/New Zealand the highest.

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Festival (TIFF) reported: “It’s been an exciting year for sales with significant deals being made at the Festival. It’s a major draw for the industry and a hub for buyers from around the world. Each year the TIFF Industry Office ensures that industry professionals who attend the Festival are provided with the opportunities, tools and information they need to successfully network and further their business, as well as creative goals. It’s a key component that drives the increase in numbers we see year after year.”

According to the Festival’s report, U. S. and international sales to multiple territories confirmed to date include: “3000 Nights,” “Angry Indian Goddesses,” “Anomalisa,” “The Ardennes,” “Baskin,” “Dheepan,” “Eye in the Sky,” “Families,” “Green Room,” “Hardcore,” “I Smile Back,” “In the Room,” “Ixcanul,” “Land of Mine,” “Last Cab to Darwin,” “Les Cowboys,” “Let Them Come,” “ma ma,” “Men & Chicken,” “Mr. Right,” “The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble,” “Neon Bull,” “The Other Side,” “Our Last Tango,” “The Program,” “Summertime,” “Sunset Song,” “Trapped, “Truman,” “Truth,” Un plus une ,” and “The Wave.”

The sci-fi action movie “Hardcore” was sold to STX for a reported $10 million. Posted September 21, 2015.


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