TIFF 2014: Michael Moore, Peter Loehr and ‘Roger & Me’ – Early TIFF Announcements

With 50 days to go, the TIFF 2014 buzz has officially begun.

More of Moore

Academy Award winner Michael Moore will be returning to TIFF with much to celebrate. His 1989 documentary Roger & Me – a film that premiered at TIFF 1989 and took home the People’s Choice Award – will return to the festival stage to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary. The film was Moore’s directorial debut, one that would put him under the spotlight around the world and influence the way documentaries were approached, creatively and socially. TIFF hopes to celebrate that milestone with this milestone with the director at the 39th annual festival, who will be in attendance.

Moore will also bring his documentary knowledge to the Doc Conference, a collection of conversations, keynotes and panels around the world of documentary production and the various pieces that make it work. He will kick off the conference with a keynote conversation moderated by TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers. The Doc Conference runs September 9-10.

Industry Event Speakers

In addition to Michael Moore, the 39th annual festival has announced a string of participants of its industry line-up. TIFF’s Industry Conference – a powerful conversation forum for everything film – will be headlined by special effects guru and cinema technology pioneer Douglas Trumbull, which will kick-off this year’s focus on the future of cinema.  Other confirmed speakers include Silver Reel Managing Parter Claudia Bluemhuber, Secret Cinema Founder Fabien Riggall, Eurimages Executive Director Roberto Olla, and IM Global CEO and Founder Stuart Ford.

The festival will also see the return of the Asian Film Summit, a conference designed with the purpose of bringing Asian and western cinema. CEO of Legendary East, Peter Loehr, will headline the conference. Lastly, TIFF’s Talent Lab also returns with Jim Stark and French director Claire Denis guiding participants. More Governors and speakers to be announced in the coming days.

Stay tuned for more festival updates in the coming weeks.