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Off to Toronto

The last of the three NZ features named for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Tammy Davis’ Born to Dance, books the most seats of the travelling NZ contingent bound for Canada.

Say "Churrrrr": BTD director Tammy Davis and Kherington Payne

Say “Churrrrr”: BTD director Tammy Davis and Kherington Payne

Choreographer Parris Goebel, director Davis, actor Stan Walker, producers Jill MacNab, Leanne Saunders and Daniel Story will all travel. Saunders does double duty in Canada, having been selected for the Producers Lab to which the NZFC sponsors two attendees. She’ll also attend the BFI London Film Festival Production Finance Market in October.

Joining Saunders will be Alexander Behse, producer of Sarah Grohnert’s NZIFF-premiered doco Ever The Land, which will play in Canada later in the year.

From the NZFC, Dave Gibson and Jasmin McSweeney will attend. Pietra Brettkelly will be in Toronto with A Flickering Truth, which has its premiere in the festival’s documentary line-up. Three of the 25 April team will support its premiere: producer Matthew Metcalfe, director Leanne Pooley, and Flux Animation’s Brent Chambers. Pooley’s previous Beyond the Edge (produced by Metcalfe) and Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls were selected for Toronto. Metcalfe has produced four Toronto-selected titles: Pooley’s 25 April and Beyond the Edge, plus Toa Fraser’s Giselle and The Dead Lands.

Ex-pat producers attending are Bridget Ikin and Zoe Cua Cho. Ikin will be in Toronto with Jennifer Peedom’s Sherpa, one of several Australian titles selected for the festival.

Chicago-based ex-pat producer Zoe Sua Cho will receive NZFC support to attend to support Iranian Canadian Bahar Noorizadeh’s short Wolkaan, named in TIFF’s Short Cuts line-up. In-development doco The Ultra-Terrestrials, produced by Cho, was recently named in the line-up for the New York-based Independent Filmmaker Project’s Spotlight on Documentaries, which runs immediately after Toronto.

Also in New York for IFP will be Libertine production Petrol Head, selected for IFP No Borders International Co-Production Market. Petrol Head is written by Rochelle Bright, produced by Paul Davis, Richard Fletcher and Sara Murphy. Mark Albiston will direct.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs 10 – 20 September.

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