Mongrel Media's Hussain Amarshi to Keynote Whistler Film Festival

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The veteran film distributor will address the filmmakers luncheon as top industry execs debate the future of a consolidating and converging Canadian business.

TORONTO -- Mongrel Media president Hussain Amarshi, who releases Sony Pictures Classics titles in Canada via an output deal, is to deliver the keynote address at the upcoming Whistler Film Festival.

Amarshi, whose distribution outfit has stepped up to fill a Canadian market vacuum after Entertainment One acquired rival Alliance Films, will share his business strategy during the filmmakers luncheon with an address titled "The Best of Times, The Worst of Times -- Reflections on 20 Years of Film Distribution."

Also lined up to speak at Whistler's industry summit are rival Canadian distributors like Emily Alden of Pacific Northwest Pictures, Kinosmith's Robin Smith and Patrice Theroux, executive director of Entertainment One, as executives debate the future of a consolidating and converging film and TV business.

The Whistler Film Festival is set to run from Dec. 4-8 in the west coast Canadian mountain resort.