Internationally Acclaimed Director/Producer Bruno Pischiutta Establishes Film Academy in West Africa to Foster Professional Cinematography

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In May 2005, Pischiutta founded the Film Academy of Ghana, the first such institution in West Africa. The Ghanian Academy was established through the collaborative efforts of native African Evangelical pastor, Kingsley Sam Obed. Obed, who has written the screenplay for Pischiutta's current film, "Punctured Hope," is an active partner in Toronto Pictures' efforts to raise global awareness regarding his native country's long-exercised religious and cultural practice of Trokosi, the enslavement of young girls and women.

Bruno Pischiutta, President and CEO of Toronto Pictures, Inc. (OTC.PK: ESIT), is known for his lifelong commitment to fostering the art of filmmaking. The internationally acclaimed writer, director and producer established his career in his native Italy where, in 1975, he founded and directed Rome's Centro Iniziative Di Azione Culturale, the nation's only alternative school for theatre and film.

In 1996, Mr. Pischiutta founded Toronto Pictures, Inc. with the intent of providing extensive training in film writing, acting, directing and production to young and promising Canadian talent. Now a Canadian citizen, Pischiutta has since developed his Company into a globally recognized film production studio, specifically noted for its politically and socially oriented docu-dramas.

Carrying forward his vision for a diaspora of global film schools to engender professional cinematography, in May 2005, Pischiutta founded the Film Academy of Ghana, the first such institution in West Africa. The Ghanian Academy was established through the collaborative efforts of native African Evangelical pastor, Kingsley Sam Obed. Obed, who has written the screenplay for Pischiutta's current film, "Punctured Hope," is an active partner in Toronto Pictures' efforts to raise global awareness regarding his native country's long-exercised religious and cultural practice of Trokosi, the enslavement of young girls and women.

Currently in production in Ghana, "Punctured Hope" not only reveals the startling ages-old tribal cultural practices that promote the continued enslavement, mutilation and sexual abuse of West Africa's young girls and women, it does so with an all-African cast, whose lead actress is, herself, a survivor of these culturally imbedded religious beliefs which have affected millions of African women over the past 300 years. A number of the film's lead cast members, who are professional Ghanian union actors, are also now associated with Pischiutta's Academy, where they have recently participated in the institution's first Film Symposium.

“Although we are still in the fledgling stages of the Academy's development,” Pischiutta noted at the Symposium's late July opening assembly, “we are positioned to help aspiring actors, writers, directors, producers and other film professionals achieve their goals in a globally competitive Arts environment.” He went on to add, “For West Africa to have a real presence in international cinema, there must be an institution that supports professional cinematic education and career development. We are committed to providing that support.”

Pischiutta's remarks were echoed by Toronto Pictures' Vice President, Daria Trifu, who also serves as President of the new West African Academy. “As cinematic artists representing the Continent in general, associates of the Academy now have the opportunity to create a nucleus of great talent who can ultimately define the image of Africa the world comes to know and better understand.”

“Yours is an artistic mission,” Trifu noted, “to elevate awareness and influence political and cultural consciousness globally, regarding issues of moment, not only to Africa, but to human rights internationally.”

In concert with its efforts to support cinematography in Africa, Toronto Pictures is donating 10% of its current film's profits to a West African foundation whose priority is the provision of enhanced educational, medical and infrastructural improvements to the village where the movie is being filmed.

Targeting a global audience, Toronto Pictures addresses broad-based topical issues in a dramatic format, often combined with documentary genre influences. Now in partnership with International Film Properties, Inc., the Company is seeking to expand its operations by acquiring equity in selected entertainment industry-based agencies in Eastern Europe.

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