TIFF Deals Portend Well For New Indies

“A new crop of movie entrepreneurs tested their wares at the Toronto International Film Festival over the last week, and several had cause to be pleased with the results.” More impressive, many of the films scoring distribution deals were decidedly independent, with no studio backing at all. “And if Hollywood has expressed skepticism about the affluent neophytes who have entered the business in the past few years – mainly Internet, retail and trust-fund tycoons – this, their first real crop of movies entering the marketplace, may indicate that they have a future in the industry.”