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Toronto Film Festival Dailies

The Toronto International Film Festival, to be held September 8 to 18, 2016 in Canada's most vibrant and exciting metropolis, has become one of the most important film events on the festival calendar.

Showcasing more than 250 films and hosting industryites from around the world, Toronto can "make or break" films looking for international distribution and a chance at Oscar gold. From glitzy red carpet premieres to challenging art films to cutting edge new media, the Festival offers something for every taste.

Past Coverage 2014 2015 - Coverage 2016 in French   English

The 41th Toronto International Film Festival takes place SEPTEMBER 8 – 18, 2016


TIFF and Instagram Collaborate to Present Worldwide Digital Shorts Competition

Piers Handling, CEO, TIFF and Marne Levine, COO, Instagram 
Photo Credit: Jason Lee for TIFF

TIFF® in collaboration with Instagram today announced the launch of TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, a new digital shorts competition, which invites aspiring and established filmmakers from around the globe to upload their original 60-second-or-less short using Instagram video. Competition opens today; deadline for submissions is July 20, 2016. To submit, upload your entry on Instagram with hashtag #TIFFxInstagram and complete the submission form at
“TIFF’s commitment to discovering and developing emerging filmmakers is unwavering,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “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 community, showcased by the world’s largest public film festival. We are incredibly excited to be working with Instagram on the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival.”
“More than 500 million people are using Instagram each month for visual inspiration and creative expression, including video. Over the last six months, the total time people spent watching video on Instagram has increased by 150%. Filmmakers are already taking advantage of this platform to promote their work and to create films for the Instagram community. We are looking forward to be collaborating with TIFF to celebrate the craft of short filmmaking through the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival.” — Marne Levine, Chief Operating Officer, Instagram.
TIFF programmers will select 30 finalists, which will be showcased on TIFF’s website and Instagram channel from August 8 to 17. A six-person jury comprised of film industry professionals and influential Instagram community members will then select one winner for Judge’s Choice Award. Judges include director Ava DuVernay (Selma) (@directher); writer-director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, I Killed My Mother) (@xavierdolan); music video director and photographer Nabil Elderkin, (Kanye West “Mercy”, John Legend “All of Me”) (@nabildo); and stop-motion animation artist Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle). In addition to the jury awards, online audiences can vote for their favourite film by liking it on Instagram. Voting closes August 17. The film with the most “likes” will receive the Fan Favourite Award. Awards will be announced August 18.
More judges and prizing will be announced in the coming weeks on
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