For close to a decade Jaeger-LeCoultre has established a longstanding connection with the film industry, a strong commitment to supporting the best artistic film festivals around the world, paying tribute to filmmakers and promoting the appreciation and preservation of film.
Today Jaeger-LeCoultre further supports the world of cinema by partnering with two major film festivals in North America: the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to the multi-year partnership with the Film Society of Lincoln Center that kicked off last year, including the Annual Chaplin Award Gala, the New York Film Festival, and the “Filmmaker in Residence” initiative in New York, the two partnerships will further cement Jaeger-LeCoultre’s patronage of cinematographic art, actors and filmmakers.
Toronto International Film Festival
Jaeger-LeCoultre will also sponsor the 39th Toronto International Film Festival from September 4th to 14th, 2014, as the Official Sponsor of Timepieces of the Festival to celebrate the best of International and Canadian cinema and embrace creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.
A special highlight of the festival supported by Jaeger-LeCoultre will be given to the TIFF Rising Stars, an initiative that immerses four selected actors in a series of public events and private industry meetings at the Festival. The talent will be taken through an intensive professional “boot camp” and receive intensive professional development with industry members which in the past have included international casting directors, filmmakers, producers and development executives. Previous TIFF Rising Stars include Sarah Gadon, Katie Boland, Tatiana Maslany, Evelyne Brochu and Megan Park.
The Toronto International Film Festival is the leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals -- a "festival of festivals" -- the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most successful cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform to premiere films. Boasting a public eager for the best in contemporary film, as well as international attention from media, distributors, producers and buyers along with a galaxy of stars, the Toronto International Film Festival is considered the premiere film festival in North America.
The Toronto International Film Festival has undergone countless changes since beginning as an upstart on the international circuit in 1976. Nevertheless, throughout its growth in both size and influence, the Festival has remained committed to its principal objectives: to lead the world in cultural and creative discovery through the moving image and to place Canadian achievements in an international context. As the years show, the Festival continues to achieve these objectives by bringing together a remarkable diversity of local, national and international films and personalities to the delight of enthusiastic audiences, who have continued to grow over each of the past thirty-eight years.