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TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Bell Media is proud to once again partner with the Toronto International Film Festival© (TIFF) and confirm its commitment to playing a leading role in bringing Canadian stories to life. Through sponsorships, activations, and media coverage, Bell Media brands will have a strong presence on the ground during the Festival, including ETALK, Space, and E!
TIFF celebrations kick off tonight as Bell Media presents the Festival's opening night gala, screening of Bill Condon's highly-anticipated film The Fifth Estate as well as a star-studded after-party.
"TIFF is the most exciting film festival in the world and an exceptional showcase for filmmakers from Canada," said Kevin Crull, President, Bell Media. "Bell Media's partnership with the Festival speaks to our passion for film and our commitment to supporting Canada's creative community, nationally and on the world stage."
Building on the legacy of its movie services The Movie Network and Super Écran, and its production funds The Harold Greenberg Fund and Le Fonds Harold Greenberg, Bell Media invests $20 million in Canadian film annually. Fifteen of the feature and documentary films that have benefited from Bell Media support have been confirmed as official selections for TIFF, including Denis Villeneuve's Enemy, Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction, Michael Dowse's The F Word, and Xavier Dolan's Tom at the Farm (Tom à la ferme).
Additionally, nine short films funded by Bell Media's bravoFACT program will screen during the Festival, including Wakening, which has landed an unprecedented screening slot before the world premiere of The Fifth Estate tonight at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre.
In addition, several Bell Media properties will be actively involved with the Festival and help promote the creativity of local and foreign filmmakers.
ETALK is the official Red Carpet Media Sponsor at Roy Thomson Hall, the festival's main gala venue, and will produce a red carpet show that can be seen inside the venue and online. Click here for a full list of ETALK TIFF-related coverage.
Space also returns to sponsor the Midnight Madness programme for an incredible 12th year with the INNERSPACE team covering the hottest red carpets and interviews throughout the Festival.
E! is the exclusive Red Carpet Sponsor at the Princess of Wales Theatre, where the venue will boast an E! branded carpet, branded VIP seating in the theatre, and a branded candy table for patrons. Delivering extensive coverage, E!'s MOVIE NIGHT team will get up-close-and personal with mega-watt stars for up-to-the-minute updates, airing daily on E! during the Festival.
About Bell Media
With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 34 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran; and is managing shareholder of premium pay-per-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 107 licensed radio stations in 55 markets across Canada. Bell Media owns Astral Out-of-Home, one of Canada's most dynamic and innovative out-of-home advertising companies. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including TMN GO and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.
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