Whoa! Where did August and September go? (And half of October, haha)
The industry conference gig at TIFF was very busy, but I had a great time. It was interesting to see a different part of the film festival organism. The conference is not a part that I had any previous experience with, so it was all new to me.
There were a lot of interesting talks! Of course, I didn’t see any live, since I was always busy during the conference itself. Fortunately, TIFF streamed and recorded many of them (at least, many of the ones on the main stage: The Glenn Gould Studio). So I was able to watch some of them afterwards.
Jill Soloway was one of the most anticipated and appreciated speakers at the conference, so I was definitely glad to catch her video afterwards. There are many more interesting talks to be found on that TIFF Live youtube channel!
The conference is such an interesting part of TIFF. Of course, at the bottom line it’s all about the movies. But movies don’t exist in a vacuum. They are part of a discussion. And there are important issues that need to be discussed. A lot of the great conversations at TIFF happen at cafes, in lines, and in bars. But it’s great that some of them are given a stage (and a url) so that they can be shared far and wide.
True, there is a layer of exclusivity. To attend the conference in person you have to be an industry delegate or press. But, there are thousands of such delegates. And as mentioned, a lot of the great talks end up on YouTube for all to see.
And of course, the hope is that the filmmakers in the audience take the ideas from these talks and use them in their next films.