The Toronto Film Festival are hoping to be the “prime meeting place for the Asian and western film industries” as they launch an Asian Film Summit.
Hong Kong action star Jackie Chan will join the Motion Picture Association of America Chairman Chris Dodd to formerly launch the summit, which will take place at the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, on September 10.
TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey “As both a key launch pad for films in North America and home to huge audiences for Asian cinema, we think Toronto can be a prime meeting place for the Asian and western film industries.”
The Asian Film Summit is the latest example of Western cinema courting the east. Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Dreamworks Animation is spending $330m on a media centre in Shanhai, while state-backed Chinese production company National Film Capital recently announced ten US-Chinese co-productions worth $300m.
Passes to the Toronto Asian Film Summit go on sale July 20, while the Toronto International Film Festival will run between September 6 and 16.