TIFF ’12: Jackie Chan co-hosting Asian Summit at this year’s Toronto fest


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: East meets West in the Great White North this season as the Toronto International Film Festival plays host to a rare networking event for Asian film industry executives visiting Canada.

Renowned film star Jackie Chan will headline the inaugural Toronto Asian Film Summit, scheduled to be held on Sept. 10 at the Shangri-La Hotel in downtown Toronto. Chan will join MPAA chairman and CEO Chris Dodd as headliners for the gathering, which is meant to bridge the gap between filmmaking communities in North America and Asia.

The Asian Film Summit recognizes the importance of Toronto on the film landscape.

“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,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey said in a statement.

Other summit guests will be announced shortly as TIFF executives continues to establish ties with the Asian film industry. Passes to the Toronto Asian Film Summit go on sale July 20. This year’s Toronto International Film Festival begins on Thursday, Sept. 6 and rung through Sept. 16.

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