But all those white movie trailers you see parked in the city are often filled with foreign stars. The Directors Guild of Canada (DGC) wants to change that so it's launched a campaign to remind the who's who of Hollywood that Ontario has 5,000 professionals able to work both behind and in front of the camera.
The most wonderful time of year is upon us: There are finally new IKEA catalogues. But on top of that, the Toronto International Film Festival will start soon. And its siren-song will deliver the revelation that, for 10 glorious days, you can (and will) mingle with Hollywoods best and brightest. Which brings us to why were all here. In the spirit of tradition and great conversation starters, Ive got your 2019 guide to making conversation with famous faces. You dont know them, they dont know you, but if you play by my rules I can promise that they will never, ever forget you. As hard as they may try.
Currently a lot of those key creative slots, like producers, actors and designers are being flown in from California, says Alan Goluboff, chair of the DGC Ontario executive board.
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"Our whole M.O. here is to get key players to look at our people before they make their final decisions," said Goluboff. "Especially if they're going to be shooting here."
Its that time of year when Toronto rolls out the red carpet to celebrate celebrities, filmmakers, and movies. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the citys most highly anticipated events and with an incredible line-up this year, film fans wont be disappointed. You can now celebrate this massive movie event with a special themed drink. The Toronto Joker cocktail at District Eatery is so good youll want its autograph.
The electric signs in Terminal 1 and 3 at Pearson Airport say things like: "Hey, MGM. Not sure if you should make your next picture with Toronto editors? Just ask Fox. And Shape of Water's 4 Oscars."
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There are also two signs over the Gardiner Expressway that say: "Hey, Hollywood. Make more with Toronto."
Gregg Goldstein @GCGoldstein FOLLOW Gregg's Most Recent Stories Why Toronto Matters as Awards Season Moves Onto Fast Track Charles Cohen’s CMG Continues to Wave the Flag for French Cinema Indie Film Producers Fight Series in Battle for Talent, Learn to Adapt View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Pin It Tumblr CREDIT: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox/Merrick Morton The Toronto Intl. Film Festival is no longer just one of the biggest fests in the world. As sequels, reboots and franchises dominate the 2019 box office, TIFF now represents a cross-section of the industry’s few remaining attempts at original feature filmmaking. And given numerous specialty film B.O. disappointments, few if any award contenders so far and a fourth quarter that seems more back-loaded with highbrow releases than most years in recent memory, the 2019 edition seems especially pivotal.
"It is a bit tongue in cheek," said Goluboff. "We're not trying to tell people, you know, 'Don't hire the people you're comfortable with' … we never want to break up that creative relationship. Our view is there's lots of other people that are not being considered because they're not living in California."
The hit TV show The Handmaid's Tale has an extensive Canadian staff and it's shot in Cambridge, Hamilton and Toronto. The Oscar winner for Best Picture, The Shape of Water, used a crew that was almost entirely Canadian or Mexican, says the film's producer J. Miles Dale.
"There's just a degree of recognition, I think that gives gives us credibility," said Dale. "I also think having more training programs is critical … People who might not have access but who might have talent, let there be sort of a fertile training ground for them so that they can find their way."
One of two African films (a rare occurrence) that screened in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival and won awards, Ly’s explosive feature debut is based on his powerful 2017 short film of the same name. The searing drama involves what happens when power ends up in the hands of people who don’t know how to control it. Ly’s story was inspired by the violent 2005 Paris riots which involved primarily youth of African descent. The three-week long uprising was rooted in rising unemployment among the youth, who were mostly confined to poor housing estates, and the harassment they routinely experienced at the hands of the police. At the center of the film are three members of an anti-crime brigade who are overrun while trying to make an arrest. The title is a play on that of Victor Hugo’s 1862 classic novel — itself the basis for numerous film, TV and stage adaptations. Starring Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti and Djibril Zonga, “Les Misérables” will be released by Amazon Studios this fall.
Along with training, actor Andy McQueen says casting directors should be looking at more talent in the city they're shooting in.
"I think agents are just hiring safe," said McQueen. "I do believe that the opportunity and the risks that are being taken on actors in the States is much bigger than it is here."
The campaign runs the entire length of TIFF from Sept. 5 to 15 and Dale hopes its catches Hollywood's eye.
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"It's great that the industry has been able to come together as a unified voice and I think that's a sign of the maturation of our business here."
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