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2010 Press Releases

Out-Tweet, Outplay, Outlast Roger Ebert Takes Part in Twitter Showdown at the Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto – Renowned film critic and author Roger Ebert participates in an innovative Toronto International Film Festival panel that brings together hard-core tweeters as they face off in 140 characters or fewer.

On Saturday, September 11, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., six Twitter-savvy panelists will each respond to Ebert’s statements about the film industry. The audience will vote on who had the best Tweet per round, taking into account wit and originality.

Hosted by MTV’s Dan Levy, the panelists include:
Rainn Wilson – Actor (Super, Peep World, The Office)
David Poland – Critic, Movie City News
James Gunn - Director (Super)
Eric Kohn – Critic, indieWIRE, Screenrush
Grace Wang – Far-Flung Correspondent,
Scott Tobias – Critic, The Onion’s AV Club

Follow all the action on September 11 at

The showdown will take place in the Festival’s new hub for film and industry guests – the Filmmakers’ Lounge. The Filmmakers’ Lounge will host industry panels and sessions including Doc Roundtables and Meet With... Featuring free WIFI, a Computer and Gaming Corner and music from some of the city’s most eclectic DJs, not to mention a daily Happy Hour (September 10-17 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), Filmmakers’ Lounge is a meeting and greeting spot open to all Festival delegates. 

Filmmakers’ Lounge runs from Thursday, September 9 through Saturday, September 18, from 9 a.m. until late into the night, and is located at 134 Peter Street. Catering is provided by Lolita’s Lust.

About TIFF Bell Lightbox:
TIFF Bell Lightbox, a breathtaking five-storey complex located in downtown Toronto, will provide a permanent home for film lovers to celebrate cinema from around the world and will propel TIFF forward as an international leader in film culture. Designed by innovative architecture firm KPMB, TIFF Bell Lightbox’s fluid structure encourages exploration, movement and play. The campaign to build TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by founding sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the King and John Festival Corporation - consisting of the Reitman family and the Daniels Corporation – RBC as major sponsor and official bank, Visa†, the Copyright Collective of Canada, the Slaight Family Foundation, NBC Universal Canada, the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, the Harbinger Foundation, CIBC and BMO. The Board of Directors, staff and many generous individuals and corporations have also contributed to the campaign. For more information on the TIFF Bell Lightbox campaign, visit

About TIFF:
TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. TIFF generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD and currently employs more than 100 full-time staff and 500 part-time and seasonal staff, and counts upon the largesse of over 2,000 volunteers year-round.

The Filmmakers’ Lounge is made possible through the generous support of Astral’s The Harold Greenberg Fund,

The Toronto International Film Festival is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC and BlackBerry, the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.


 For information, contact the Communications Department at 416-934-3200 or email [email protected].

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