On September 10, dozens of Hollywood A-Listers and media from around the world will descend on Canada for the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival. A full lineup of films and celebrity attendees has yet to be announced, but organizers recently revealed that actor Bill Hader, Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein and director Asif Kapadia (Amy) will attend the #TIFF15 Industry Conference.
The seven-day conference hosts more than 200 speakers and special presentations by industry leaders, writers and directors. Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader, who is currently smashing it at the box office courtesy of his role opposite Amy Schumer (tag) in Trainwreck, will be on hand to present his project Documentary Now.
The film, which examines the past 50 years of documentary filmmaking, stars Fred Armisen and features appearances by Jack Black, John Slattery (Mad Men), and famed music manager Irving Azoff (Journey, Van Halen). Fellow documentary filmmaker Asif Kapadia will join Bill at the Doc Conference. The British director won a variety of awards for 2010’s Senna – a look at the life of Brazilian Formula One race car driver Ayrton Senna. He most recently made waves in the film industry with his unauthorized narrative on the troubled life of the late Amy Winehouse.
TIFF Industry Office director Kathleen Drumm says she is excited about this year’s programming and that, “by providing the opportunity for a global audience to gain the valuable insights of 200 leaders in the industry, we look to inspire innovation and bridge the connection between the art and business of content.” The conference runs from Sept. 11 to 17.