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,