Guests and programming announced for TIFF Asian Film Summit

Guests and programming announced for TIFF Asian Film Summit

Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist screens at TIFF 2012; Nair will appear on a panel called India: Bollywood & the Independents 

TIFF has confirmed the programming (and guests) for its Asian Film Summit, which will be held on September 10 at the Shangri-La. In addition to the previously announced guest of honour, the triple-threat actor, producer and director Jackie Chan, and former U.S. senator Chris Dodd, festival regular Harvey Weinstein was announced in the role of Master of Ceremonies for the closing banquet. In the press release, Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF, explains that the summit aims to “foster deeper relationships and generate new business opportunities between key film players in the East and West,” something that federal finance minister Jim Flaherty congratulated them on (also in the press release). The programming is set to include discussions on:

  • Film policy with former U.S. senator Chris Dodd
  • Film financing with Bruno Wu of the Seven Stars Entertainment, Stuart Ford of IM Global and Kenneth Tan from Media Development Authority Singapore
  • Global talent with ICM’s David Unger, Echelon’s Andrew Ooi and Loeb & Loeb’s Stephen Saltzman
  • Japanese culture with Kayo Yoshida of Asmik Ace Entertainment
  • Sales with Kini Kim of CJ Entertainment, Etchie Stroh from Moonstone Entertainment and Michael Werner of Fortissimo Films

Of course, this is an industry insider–type event, so those interested can register on the TIFF Industry site.