Toronto Film Festival, Instagram Launch Digital Shorts Competition But Where Is Formula 1?

There are only a few people who I can say got what I was ever talking about when it came to tech and media.  David Bowie would not only get it he would sprinkle his own flashes of brilliance into the conversation. My attorney in Sweden Rolf Larsson would be miles ahead of me, and my buddy actor, film producer Steven Morana.

Few months ago Steven Morana and I were sitting at Four Seasons Toronto, Dbar talking about where I usually find talent.  I told Steven, “Bro it’s all on Instagram, it is where you find upcoming directors, actors and musicians..”  The was no gap in our conversation Morana was toe to toe with me on these points all of them and had his own take which jived with mine.

I would end up taking this idea  of creating F1 Films to Montreal as we already understood the market and talent to the Canadian Grand Prix the concept being very simple,  thirty to sixty-second films directed by women, fans, emerging directors, and film directors for social media and featured all at The Toronto International Film Festival or on the F1 website, as well as on Instagram.

As I was walking around the paddock I bounced the idea off Damon Hill who I knew is a very creative guy and Hill instantly got it.  Hill added that there should be a panel of judges, and later I would sit down with one official of Formula 1 and she loved the idea especially short films and suggested that F1 Films Awards could be thrown into the mix.

While the cars raced and creative ideas were bounced around the CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival was getting a tour of the paddock.

While nothing so far have moved forward on the F1 Films front as everyone is currently on holidays, the short film concept that Morana and I had spoken about at Dbar in Toronto took shape for 2017 and this year Morana entered his own Insta Short.

In 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, taking notice of the flurry of photos and videos posted to Instagram, had partnered with the Facebook-owned app to launch a digital shorts competition.

The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival   has established filmmakers from around the globe invited to upload original 60-seconds-or-fewer film shorts, using Instagram. TIFF programmers will select 30 finalists to be showcased on the film festival’s website and an Instagram channel in August before a six-person jury selects a Judge’s Choice award winner. This concept was the turn-key idea also presented by myself to few at Formula 1 as the possibilities of stories are endless.

This years jury is as follows , TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival Jury. 

Check out the jury on their Instagram, Lake Bell , Isabelle Huppert,  John C Jay , Karan Johar,  Ashton Sanders 

“Our collaboration with Instagram is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the work of filmmakers from all over the world and discover up-and-coming talent through the world’s largest creative digital

CEO Piers Handling followed by Alexander Mea owner of Carbon Champagne Official champagne of Formula 1

community, showcased by the world’s largest public film festival,” TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling said Wednesday in a statement.

Awards for the inaugural TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival will be announced on Aug. 18.

Check out my buddies Instagram film entered in the TIFFxInstagram Shorts.

When the date is going well, but your past catches up with you… “The Professionals” is my submission to the #TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival and my directorial debut! @tiff_net . #shortfilm . #theprofessionals . . . . CAST @stevenmorana ..JAKE . @makenziesmith ..STEF. @tazito.garcia ..Q . @oliveskinbeauty ..ZEL . @paulloduca ..GUS . @rob_ianni_comedy ..VIN . @n.i.m.a.93 ..SERG . . . . FILMMAKERS & CREW Producer:@stevenmorana Director: @stevenmorana evenmorana Writer: @stevenmorana Cinematographer: @justin_arjune Editor: @justinarjune Camera Operator: Camera Operator: @sidgrover_ Gaffer: @yuliavizelphotography Song: “Boys’ll B Boys” By: @safakash Production Sound Mixer: Randy Resh Boom Operator : Toby Hindel Make Up Artist: @liv.tsai Stunt Coordinator: @tazito.garcia Sound Designer/Re-recording Mixer: @david_morana

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Ronnie Wood say’s yea we gonna rock and roll! The Rolling Stones “Zip Code” Tour 2015

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Yea they are in their 70’s but boy can they shred a guitar.  So if you think you are old, get with it and get in the game, these guys do it for two hours, and let me tell you when they play they are tight, or Mick Jagger would never allow it.

So here are the dates with the NFL, for me I will only be at one gig because (a) I have never been there and it is a great city that host the event in Quebec the Festival d’été de Québec in July 15th when the Rolling Stones wrap the tour.

The Stones 2015 tour will hit LP Field (home of the Tennessee Titans), AT&T Stadium (Dallas Cowboys), Arrowhead Field (Kansas Chiefs), Ralph Wilson Stadium (Buffalo Bills), TCF Bank Stadium (temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings) and Heinz Field (Pittsburgh Steelers).

Here’s where you can purchase tickets and here’s the full tour information:

May 24, 2015 — San Diego — Petco Park

May 30, 2015 — Columbus, Ohio — Ohio Stadium

June 3, 2015 — Minneapolis — TCF Bank Stadium

June 6, 2015 — Dallas — AT&T Stadium

June 9, 2015 — Atlanta — Bobby Dodd Stadium

June 12, 2015 — Orlando — Orlando Citrus Bowl

June 17, 2015 — Nashville — LP Field

June 20, 2015 — Pittsburgh — Heinz Field

June 23, 2015 — Milwaukee — Summerfest

June 27, 2015 — Kansas City — Arrowhead Stadium

July 1, 2015 — Raleigh, NC — Carter-Finley Stadium

July 4, 2015 — Indianapolis — Indianapolis Motor Speedway

July 8, 2015 — Detroit — Comerica Park

July 11, 2015 — Buffalo — Ralph Wilson Stadium

July 15, 2015 — Quebec, QC — Le Festival D’Ete de Quebec

Here are some of the images only a few that I have taken while hanging out with rockers who really know how to rock and have a good time .

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Williams F1 Dom Pérignon and Damon Hill Glory Beer Days

Damon Hill World Champion Formula One Driver If you lived in Los Angels you become aware that at any given moment you could loose everything. It’s nature, earthquakes, mudslides, or fires and all is gone sometimes in a blink. What you can walk away with is memories of what great moments life has presented you woven full of colours like a rich tapestry.

The late CEO of a Canadian beer company Labatt’s had a passion for formula one racing and so we got along famously. The drivers we sponsored all became world champion formula one drivers in what I call the glory beer days of Williams F1 team. This is not to say we did not indulge in Dom Pérignon after all it’s formula one racing we are talking about.

At the British Grand Prix this weekend Williams F1 team marks it’s 600 Grand Prix race and that is one amazing accomplishment rich in history and they will be breaking open many bottles of Dom Pérignon.

Damon Hill will be present as well several drivers of the Williams F1 team at Silverstone.

Damon Hill is the son of the late Graham Hill, and is the only son of a world champion to win the title. His father died in an aeroplane crash when Hill was 15. He started racing on motorbikes in 1981 and after minor success, he moved on to single-seater racing cars and progressed steadily up the ranks to the International Formula 3000 championship by 1989, where, although often competitive, he never won a race.

Hill became a test driver for the Formula One title-winning Williams team in 1992. He was promoted to the Williams race team the following year after Riccardo Patrese’s departure and took the first of his 22 victories at the 1993 Hungarian Grand Prix. During the mid-1990s, Hill was Michael Schumacher’s main rival for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship. The two clashed on and off the track. Their collision at the 1994 Australian Grand Prix gaveDamon Hill Schumacher his first title by a single point. Hill became champion in 1996 but was dropped by Williams for the following season. He went on to drive for the less competitive Arrows and Jordan teams, and in 1998 gave Jordan its first win.

Damon Hill is one very talented person whom I have seen play guitar and rock on stage, race with Labatt beer logo all over him and the Williams team, as well has contributed in part to my sponsored polo team who won the Damon Hill Cup of which I am very proud.

I once flew with Damon Hill and his wife from London to Monaco for the Grand Prix and invited some of his friends who at the time worked with him for drinks. The drink was Dom Pérignon and the best spot to drink it in South of France which could be anywhere, but in this case at Chateau de la Chevre d’Or the best spot for a bottle or two of Dom Pérignon Rose.

At the Canadian Grand Prix I presented Damon Hill the former formula one World Champion and rock’n musician guitarist with a guitar pic from The Rolling Stones as they were also in town or as Mick Jagger said at the concert “The Grand Prix is a warm up”.


What did Damon Hill do with The Rolling Stones guitar pic.  He gave me one rock’n photograph.  A toast to Damon Hill and greatest of memories.

Damon Hill, The Rolling Stones guitar pic, photo by Timothy Khan

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