Direc­tor’s CUT

NOW Magazine - TIFF - - NEWS - DIREC­TOR, TORONTO IN­TER­NA­TIONAL FILM FES­TI­VAL GROUP PIERS HAN­DLING

As we em­bark upon a new year and look for­ward to the op­por­tu­ni­ties and ini­tia­tives that lie ahead, I would like to take this time to look back on 2002 -- a very spe­cial year for the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Group. We cel­e­brated the 5th an­niver­sary of our chil­dren’s film fes­ti­val Sprock­ets -screen­ing more films than ever be­fore to de­lighted chil­dren and their fam­i­lies. In Septem­ber, Toronto opened its arms to em­brace cinema from around the world at the 27th an­nual Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val. Au­di­ences were treated to the best the world of film has to of­fer in­clud­ing a num­ber of break­out hits and world and North Amer­i­can pre­mieres – from ARARAT, BOL­LY­WOOD/HOL­LY­WOOD and BOWL­ING FOR COLUMBINE to 8 FEMMES and 8 MILE. Cine­math­eque On­tario pub­lished our fifth mono­graph, The

Films of Jack Cham­bers and the Fes­ti­val pro­duced a pro­gramme and mono­graph on Al­lan King, writ­ten by Seth Feld­man en­ti­tled Al­lan King: Film­maker. The Film Ref­er­ence Li­brary ac­quired col­lec­tions from ac­claimed Canadian film­mak­ers Don McKel­lar and Pa­tri­cia Rozema. In Novem­ber, we ex­panded our very popular Talk Cinema pro­gramme to in­clude the beau­ti­ful Cine­plex Odeon Grande Cine­mas in North York. Dur­ing the Fes­ti­val and through­out the year, we are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing valu­able pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the film in­dus­try. Th­ese suc­cesses were made pos­si­ble thanks to the con­tri­bu­tions of count­less in­di­vid­u­als and or­ga­ni­za­tions. And we are hon­oured to have the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the tal­ented film­mak­ers and ac­tors that ap­pear on the cover of this in­sert, each of whom con­trib­uted to our suc­cesses in 2002. In their own words they share their ex­pe­ri­ence with us in 2002, as we share with you a taste of what lies ahead for 2003.

See you at the movies,

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