Returning to the Shangri-La Hotel for its second year, the summit is part of TIFF’s ongoing commitment to build bridges* between Asian cinema and the West – something we can really appreciate here at Reel Asian.
Director Keanu Reeves will participate in a case study examining the US-China co-production of Man of Tai Chi (太極俠). Maybe Reeves will also spill what it was like to work with kung-fu cinema legend Yuen Wo-ping 袁和平! Other speakers confirmed include Japanese industry titan Tatsumi “Tom” Yoda 依田巽 and Quentin Tarantino’s favourite HK film director, Johnnie To Kei-fung 杜琪峯.
Another session to look forward to will be a panel on working cross-culturally, featuring Michael Lake, CEO of Pinewood Iskander Malaysia Studios; Sanjeev Lamba, CEO of Reliance Big Pictures (Mumbai); and Canadian producer Shan Tam 譚芷珊 (of Finding Mr. Right and Rumble In The Bronx).
*While the Asian Film Summit is not generally open to the public, registered industry professionals already accredited by TIFF can purchase access to the summit as an add-on option.