John Legend, Mark Duplass and AXE® Team Up for the AXE® Collective Vanguard Honours During the Toronto International Film Festival®

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 7, 2016 /CNW/ -- Bad-ass films? Check. Popcorn? Got it. A night with John Legend and Mark Duplass during the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF)? Hell yes.

Hosted by Legend and Duplass, the AXE® Collective Vanguard Honours invites film buffs to celebrate the magic of filmmaking on Tuesday, Sept. 13 at the iconic Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor St W, Toronto).  In addition to unveiling the short films of three rising AXE Collective filmmakers – handpicked and mentored by Legend & Duplass – three official Vanguard films will be honored for Creativity in Cinematography, Performance and Music.

AXE® joined forces with the renowned TIFF Vanguard Programme – best known for showcasing the world's edgiest, most boundary-busting films – in a shared pursuit to nurture creativity and self-expression through the AXE Collective.

"The AXE Collective and its commitment to emerging talent echoes the very spirit with which we've been curating the Vanguard Programme since it began in 2006," explains International Vanguard Programmer, Colin Geddes. "We're thrilled to collaborate with AXE to honor today's film creatives who push the boundaries of the art and help pave the way for the next generation."

The AXE Collective, now in its second year, is a mentorship program designed to give aspiring creators resources and platforms to showcase their talents. Earlier this year, five musicians were handpicked by John Legend to perform alongside him in Austin, TX at one of the nation's top music festivals.

The AXE Collective Vanguard Honours is open to the public. Doors will open at 9 PM and entry will be based on capacity. Guests must be 19+ years-old.

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About AXE®
AXE, the No. 1 men's fragrance brand in the world*, champions individuality and self-expression by encouraging guys to embrace their personal style. With a full line of grooming products including daily fragrance sprays, deodorants, anti-perspirants, shower gels, shampoos and styling products, AXE gives guys the tools to express what makes them unique, authentic and ultimately attractive to the world around them.
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*Source Euromonitor International Limited; Beauty and Personal Care 2015ed, Men's Deodorants & Mass and Premium Men's Fragrances retail value sales combined, as per umbrella brand name classification, 2014; Lynx includes all AXE/Lynx/Ego sales

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Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of Food, Refreshments, Home and Personal Care products with sales in more than 190 countries and reaching 2 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry's, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products, Fruttare, Good Humor, Hellmann's, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond's, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

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