NEW DELHI: The 3rd Asian Film Summit, part of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will have an additional masterclass with China's Ning Hao this year. The summit will be held on 9 September.
Ning began his career with independent films Incense (2003) and Mongolian Ping Pong (2005) before directing comedy Crazy Stone (2006) that transformed the business model of Mainland Chinese cinema. Ning's road movie Breakup Buddies has its world premiere at the Canadian festival ahead of its domestic theatrical release on 30 September staring Huang Bo, Xu Zheng and Yolanda Yuan.
Chinese-language cinema has a strong presence at this year's Summit with guests Peter Loehr, directors Andrew Lau and Wang Xiaoshuai, and producers Isabelle Glachant and Abe Kwong.
Loehr will host the event's keynote speech, in which he will recount his experiences working in China from an independent producer, to head of Creative Artists Agency (Beijing), to his current role at Legendary East.
A Going Global panel includes guest speakers Richie Mehta, Doris Pfardrescher (Well Go USA Inc), David Linde (Lava Bear Films), Kwong (Wanda Media Co Ltd), and Beijing-based Leslie Chen (IM Global).
The Big Voices from Asia panel includes Gareth Evans and Nate Bolotin (XYZ Films), who collaborated on The Raid 2 The Raid 2: Berandal, and Wang and Glachant, whose thriller Red Amnesia which will also be screened.
TIFF opens on 4 September and continues till 14 September.