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The  44th  Toronto  International  Film  Festival  runs  September  5–15,  2019 in Canada's most vibrant and exciting metropolis, it has become one of the most important film events on the festival calendar.

Showcasing more than 300 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.

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The 45th Toronto International Film Festival annopunces feature-film lineup

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TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente today announced the lineup of titles selected for the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s features represent a diverse selection of the highest-quality films from around the globe. Films on offer will reflect first-rate international cinema, documentaries, and Canadian creativity. The strong representation of women, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour among TIFF’s selection reflects the organization&rs...

Announcing: all 50 features at TIFF 2020

TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente have announced the lineup of titles selected for the 45th Toronto International Film Festival. This year’s features represent a diverse selection of the highest-quality films from around the globe. Films on offer will reflect first-rate international cinema, documentaries, and Canadian creativity. The strong representation of women, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour among TIFF’s selection reflects the organization&rs...

Kate Winslet to receive TIFF Festival Tribute Award

Photo credit: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today unveiled Academy Award–winning actress Kate Winslet as the recipient of this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award, to be presented on Tuesday, September 15, during the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. Following the successful TIFF Tribute Gala in 2019, the TIFF Tribute Awards will be offered in a virtual form in 2020.  The Awards mark an annual fundraiser to su...

There is a light...! New York, Telluride, Toronto & Venice Film Festivals unite in support of film culture

  "This year, we saw the COVID-19 pandemic devastate communities all over the world, and bring life as we knew it to a halt. As supporters of global cinema, we watched as the work of film artists stopped in its tracks, and the culture of film itself was challenged. Films come alive with audiences, who could no longer gather in the ways we had for over a century. The art form we love is in crisis. Our own organizations have seen unprecedented challenges to our work and our financial...

TIFF unveils plans for Festival 2020; Industry registration opening July 9

2020 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL There’s no stopping great storytelling. Inside every storyteller is an urgent need to push limits, change minds, lift voices, drop jaws, draw tears, or spark laughter. For them, stories don’t ask to be told. They demand it. That's why TIFF will go on. We remain committed to supporting the film industry and bringing it together, this time digitally, by creating connections, talent development, and business opportunities onli...

VIDEO: TIFF unveils plans for Festival 2020

Reimagined physical and digital festival will feature exciting new films, talks, and interactive experiences Click above for a social distanced sit-down with TIFF Co-Heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey TIFF announced today that the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, taking place September 10–19, is tailored to fit the moment, with physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences and industry talks. This year&rsq...

TIFF looking at onsite and online options for the September 10–20 2020 edition

TIFF is planned for September 10–20, 2020 These past few weeks have been unlike anything we’ve all experienced before. To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we made the necessary decision to close our Toronto cinemas and offices at TIFF Bell Lightbox. During these times, we are acutely aware of the challenges of staying connected as creators, audiences, friends, and family. TIFF is an organization that believes in bringing together communities by creating transformational fi...

WET SEASON - Anthony Chen Platorm - TIFF press reactions

Directed by Anthony Chen, director of Ilo Ilo (Cannes Golden Camera 2013). ------ VARIETY “Without artificial-seeming contrivance, Chen masterfully builds resonance through rhyming scenes, repeated images and reoccurring dialogue.” “With the bittersweet drama “Wet Season,” Singapore writer-director Anthony Chen again proves himself a perceptive observer of life and social class in his tropical nation-state and a sensitive chronicler of issues confronting wo...

Catalan Films @ Toronto International Film Festival 2019

Contemporary World Cinema   The Long Walk 2019 / Mattie Do       Midnight Madness ...

Locarno Film Festival @ TIFF 18 films launched in Locarno screening in Toronto

    Congrats to all filmmakers which films have been launched at the Locarno Film Festival and are now screened at the Toronto International Film Festival    Piazza Grande  Instinct by Halina Reijn (Variety Piazza Grande Award - Special Mention Swatch First Feature Award) - CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA Tabi no owari sekai no hajimari (To the ...

Venice treats at TIFF

By Alex Deleon While Toronto prides itself on being the most important film festival in North America it might not rank so high in importance without the crop of films cloned from Venice across the seas. No less than sixteen of 21 world premieres unspooled at Venice will have their second unveiling in Toronto which runs from September 5-15 right on the heels of the Italian Mostra Cinematografica which closed on the 7th of September. The Venice films that will have North American premieres a...

“I’ll die before this film isn’t great.” quoting the director of Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers ble...

Summer Hill Comedy!

Summer's end got you down?  Have a laugh with these hot comedies from Summer Hill. These are available for select territories.  Please contact us for more info and visit our website at www.summerhillfilms.com!   It's never too late to restart.  When a mysterious woman shows up in Chubby's Cafe packed in a suitcase, Chubby and her crazy employees, Lazy, Petty, Anger and Simple, race to discover who she is and what they all have in common. Ge...

The Creative Coalition honors Nicolas Cage Keke Palmer, Imogen Poots, Alex Wolff and Chloe Bennet at TIFF

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  This Saturday evening, September 7th, The Creative Coalition honors Nicolas Cage (Color Out of Space), Keke Palmer (Hustlers), Imogen Poots and Alex Wolff for Castle in the Ground, and Chloe Bennet (Abominable) as 2019 Spotlight Initiative Gala Honorees at the Film Festival in Toronto.   The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative Awards are a prestigious honor in the independent film arena, recognizing and bringing ...

TIFF opens with the rock doc: Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band

The film tells the story of a group that went from backing up Bob Dylan to become one of the most influential groups of its era. Directed by Daniel Roher (Ghosts of Our Forest) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, and Ron Howard, the feature documentary follows Robertson from his early life in Toronto and on the Six Nations of the Grand River reserve, in Southern Ontario, to the creation of legendary roots-rock group The Band. He made music history several times o...

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx will open the In Conversation With...series at TIFF

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival ® unveiled its In Conversation With… slate. Honouring five remarkable, multi-talented industry heavyweights, this year’s lineup stands out for the richness and diversity of the experiences that these accomplished artists will share with Festival goers. TIFF audiences will have the opportunity to hear about the fascinating careers — both in front of and behind the camera — of Michael B. Jordan & Jamie Foxx, Antonio Ban...

EFP Film Sales Support Boosts 23 European Titles - EUROPE! UMBRELLA - 67 EFP Alumni Celebrate Premieres at TIFF

  Sweetness in the Belly starring Dakota Fanning and Yahya Abdul Mateen. World Sales Hanway Films (Photo by Chris Katsarov) Promotional Push for 23 New European Films The Toronto International Film Festival is one of EFP's (European Film Promotion) most important promotional platforms for European films outside of Europe. With the core aim to support the promotion and sales of the latest European titles, EFP's FILM SALES SUPPORT (FSS) sc...

11th Annual Spotlight Initiative Awards to Light Up Toronto honoring NICOLAS CAGE

  11th Annual Spotlight Initiative Awards to Light Up Toronto honoring NICOLAS CAGE IMOGEN POOTS and ALEX WOLFF on behalf of Castle in the Ground CHLOE BENNET The Creative Coalition is pleased to announce honorees headlining the 2019 Spotlight Initiative Gala Awards Dinner on Saturday evening, September 7, 2019 at Nordstrom Supper Suite at MARBL (455 King Street West, Toronto).   The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative Awards are a pr...

TIFF 2019 Fact sheets, just facts: 333 titles, about 20 days of viewing,

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2019 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL FACT SHEET (Numbers in parentheses are 2018 statistics)     333 Titles in the Festival: 245 features, 82 shorts, 6 series (342 titles: 250 features, 88 shorts, 4 series) 229 Features or series that are World, International, or North American Premieres: 133, 25, and 71, respectively (232 total: 138 World, 22 International, 72 North American Premieres) 7,925 Total submissions: 6,866 international; 1,059 Canadian (7,926 total: 6,846 internati...

Talent attending the Toronto Film Festival 2019

  Expected  guests  attending  TIFF  2019  This  list  is  not  complete  and  is  subject  to  change.     David  Aaron  Olivier  Assayas  Nicolas  Bedos  Leslie  Adlam  Christopher  Auchter  Zazie  Beetz  Hiwot  Admasu  Getaneh  Barry  Avrich  Tawheda  Begum  Kwaku  Adu-Poku  Minhal&...

Norwegian Josefine Frida Rising Star at TIFF

Josefine Frida is the first Norwegian Rising Star at the Toronto International Film Festival. Photo: Asger Mortensen.       First Norwegian Rising Star in Toronto Josefine Frida, currently best known as Noora in Skam, is, through her role in Disco, the first Norwegian actor to be invited to TIFF’s Rising Stars program, and in 2019 the only European Rising Stars. ...

Blade Runner Cinematographer Roger Deakins to receive Variety Artisan Award at TIFF Tribute Gala

  Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock   Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced that Academy Award-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins will be honoured with the Variety Artisan Award at this year’s TIFF Tribute Gala awards event. Th...

Toronto International Film Festival announces film selections

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      TIFF DISCOVERY PROGRAMME UNVEILS DEBUTS FROM CAPTIVATING NEW VOICES SPANNING THE GLOBE   Includes World Premieres from Hinde Boujemaa, Oren Gerner, Antoneta Kastrati, Filippo Meneghetti, Mahnaz Mohammadi, Jorunn Myklebust Syversen, and María Paz González among others   Download ...

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