Toronto Pictures, Inc. is Leading Corporate Sponsor of Third Annual Monaco International Film Festival: Celebration of Non-Violent Films

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Dean Bentley, Executive Producer of the Monaco International Film Festival, announced today Toronto Pictures, Inc. of Canada, is the leading sponsor of this year's event.

Dean Bentley, Executive Producer of the Monaco International Film Festival, announced today Toronto Pictures, Inc. of Canada, is the leading sponsor of this year's event. The Festival, which will be held in Monte-Carlo from December 8th through 11th, 2005, and its third annual celebration of non-violent films, hosted by Amazing Entertainment London in the Principality of Monaco.

"Our philosophy is to showcase films of quality that contain no gratuitous violence," notes Bentley. "Toronto Pictures has established its own strong reputation as an independent production house of like-oriented films. We are proud and privileged to have them serve as 2005 leading sponsor, and to partner with us in our efforts to expand the reach and impact of non-violent films globally."

Bruno Pischiutta, President and CEO of Toronto Pictures, Inc., is widely known for his lifelong commitment to fostering the art of filmmaking. The internationally acclaimed writer, director and producer founded Toronto Pictures, Inc. in 1996 with the intent of providing extensive training in film writing, acting, directing and production to young and promising Canadian talent. Pischiutta has since developed his Company into a globally recognized film production studio, specifically noted for its politically and socially oriented docu-dramas.

Pischiutta has just completed filming his newest movie, Punctured Hope, in Ghana. In keeping with Toronto Pictures' commitment to producing fact-based films that educate without random violence, the movie is intended to raise global awareness regarding Ghana's long-exercised religious and cultural practice of Trokosi, the enslavement of young girls and women.

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.

Commenting on his company's sponsorship of the Monaco International Film Festival, Pischiutta notes, "At Toronto Pictures, we are strongly focused on the production of films which educate, enlighten and provide provocative impetus for political, social and cultural change. We strive to do so in films which accurately reflect the often tragic – and even sordid – sides of life, without exploiting violence as a means to express already compelling screenplays."

Daria Trifu, Vice President of the Canadian-based company, concurs. "The non-violent theme of Monaco's 2005 Festival reflects our corporate commitment to eliminating superfluous violence in filmmaking. We live in an admittedly violent world. In no sense are we opposed to the responsible representation of 'real-life' violence, per se, or to films which examine violence with integrity and illumination. Rather, it is the sensationalism of violence which blatantly and irresponsibly panders to box office revenues with which we take strong issue. Our sponsorship of this year's Festival underscores our philosophy as filmmakers and artists."

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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