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Programmer Tony Watts Scoops Up 5
Critically Acclaimed Features For The
2nd Annual Niagara Integrated Film Festival

Tony Watts, Director of Programming NIFF
Renowned programmer Tony Watts attends Cannes with the mission to add to the features he has already programmed from his globe-trotting trips. Attending several film festivals, he has already picked the best of the best for the upcoming Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) in Ontario, Canada.

Watts, Director of Programming for NIFF, worked through the marketplace to land five critically acclaimed features all of which are garnering rave reviews - which will be showcased at the 2nd annual NIFF. In the world of film festivals it's about the securing of premieres for both the consumer and press, and Watts has pulled off Niagara or Canadian premieres for all the following films.

Niagara Premiere for I'll See You in My Dreams is directed by Brett Haley and stars the Blythe Danner, Sam Elliott and Martin Starr. Canadian Premiere for The Lost Aviator, the documentary has received rave reviews, directed by Andrew Lancaster with a stellar Aussie cast including Ewen Leslie, Kipan Rothbury and Yael Stone. Canadian Premiere for People, Places, Things, a comedy from director James C. Strouse that stars everyone's favorite funny man Jemaine Clement, a film that will keep you laughing for weeks. Canadian Premiere and another comedy is Unexpected, by director Kris Swanberg that features a large cast including Elizabeth McGovern and Cobie Smulders. Canadian Premiere for 7 Chinese Brothers from director Bob Byington starring Jason Schwartzman and Olympia Dukakis, keeps the chuckling going...

About Tony Watts
The programmer's programmer, and a player in international film and television since the '70s, Watts' credentials speak for themselves. The Director of Programmes for the inaugural Toronto Film Festival (Festival of Festivals) he has held executive positions with Premiere (the UK's first satellite Pay TV channel), and with its successor Sky, Hong Kong-based Star movies and Sundance Channel International (where he reported directly to Sundance founder Robert Redford). In recent years, he's been CEO of RTL Asia (the pay-TV arm of Europe's largest broadcaster), and is CEO/Founder of The Festivals Channel - a subscription app movie service. Watts is considered one of the world's leading experts on international film.

About NIFF
The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is a film festival that aims to shine a cinematic spotlight on the Niagara Region's extraordinary beauty while showcasing top shelf independent films from across the world. NIFF is run by an expert team of film festival managers, led by Bill Marshall, Founder and Chair Emeritus of TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival), the world's most successful public film festival. NIFF runs June 18 - 21, 2015.

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