Keynotes Presented By Variety and the Toronto International Film Festival Highlight The 2007 International Film Festival Summit

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Piers Handling, the Director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, and Charlie Koones, the President of The Variety Group and Publisher of Variety, will be presenting two keynote presentations over the course of the three-day Summit.

The 4th Annual International Film Festival Summit (IFFS) will take place Dec. 2-4, 2007, in Las Vegas, at the Loews Lake Las Vegas Resort.

Piers Handling, the Director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, and Charlie Koones, the President of The Variety Group and Publisher of Variety, will be presenting two keynote presentations over the course of the three-day Summit.

Handling will be addressing the audience with the 2007 IFFS Opening Keynote on Sunday, Dec. 2. He will draw upon his extensive experiences, which includes more than 25 years in the film festival industry, to provide insight on the current state of the film festival industry and breakdown the various new opportunities and challenges that are surfacing.

Handling joined what was originally known as the "Festival of Festivals" as a programmer in 1982. The festival expanded its operations each year, eventually becoming the Toronto International Film Festival Group. Handling became the Director and CEO in 1994, and he has been instrumental in the TIFFG's evolution from small festival into one of the world's most important and respected film organizations.

Koones will give his Keynote the morning of Monday, Dec. 3, and coming from the entertainment information and news side of the spectrum will allow him to offer Variety's unique perspective on the importance of festivals in the entertainment ecosystem.

"The festival business has never been more important for Variety's readership and I'm looking forward to learning from the IFFS and sharing insights with the festival community," Koones said.

Koones joined Variety in 1990. He now heads up The Variety Group, which is recognized as one of the worldwide leaders in entertainment business information with its numerous publications and online sites. Since 2000, Koones has held the publisher duties at Variety, and under his leadership the magazine's products has become one of the market leaders in advertising pages, market share and global influence.

Koones' responsibilities make it crucial for him to have his pulse on the film and entertainment industry, and he is involved in a number of entertainment industry organizations and social causes. He is on the boards of the Museum of Television and Radio, the Motion Pictures Pioneers, the Environmental Media Association, and the Presidents Council of the University of Richmond. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and the AFI Third Decade Council.

Some of the in-depth case studies, presentations and perspectives will include Toronto International Film Festival Group, Variety, indieWIRE, Tallgrass Film Festival, CinemaTech, Limelight Networks, B-Side, San Francisco Film Society, ENTA USA, inticketing, Agile Ticketing Solutions, Withoutabox, Baseline Studio Systems, Film Threat, KeyRelevance.com, Cinekink, H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival, San Diego Film Festival, Bend Film Festival, Atlantic Film Festival, Mountainfilm in Telluride, Slamdance Media Group, Nelson Madison Films, IndieFlix.com, Festival Media Corporation, Bates Creative Group and more.

Sponsors of the 2007 IFFS include AAA Flag & Banner, Agile Ticketing, Baseline StudioSystems, B-Side Entertainment, Bates Creative Group, ClicknPrint Tickets, ENTA USA, Festival Media Corporation, IndieFlix.com, IndiePix, inticketing, iTravel411, KeyRelevance.com, Limelight Networks, Nevada Film Office, Northbound Entertainment, Onstream Media Corporation, POP, Right Angle Studios, Screamfest, SkyPRO AG, Without a Box, Inc.

Media Partners of the 2007 IFFS include Cineuropa.org, Fest21.com, FilmFestivals.com, Film Festival Reporter, Filmmaker, Film Threat, Independent Film Quarterly, indieWIRE, MovieMaker, The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, The Reeler, National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC), Digital Cinematography and DV Magazine.

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