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Toronto Film Festival Dailies

TIFF 2022: September 8–18

The 476th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8–18, 2021. 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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Toronto International Film Festival Announces 2018 Award Winners

The Toronto International Film Festival® announced its award winners at the closing ceremony at TIFF Bell Lightbox today, hosted by Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. The 43rd Festival wrapped up this evening.  


The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to Meryam Joobeur’s Brotherhood.​ 
The jury awarded an honourable mention to Jérémy Comte’s Fauve for its confident visual storytelling and moving performances from the child actors. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce.



The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film goes to Sandhya Suri’s The Field​. 

The jury gave honourable mentions to Anette Sidor’s Fuck You, for its acutely observed study of teenage sexuality, and to Emma de Swaef and Marc James Roels’s This Magnificent Cake!, for the spectacular level of animation and the surreal humour it uses to explore its complex colonial subject matter. The short-film awards were selected by a jury comprised of Claire Diao, Molly McGlynn, and Michael Pearce.



The City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film goes to Katherine Jerkovic’s Roads in February (Les routes en février). The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard.



The Canada Goose® Award for Best Canadian Feature Film goes to Sébastien Pilote’s The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles). 

The Canadian awards were selected by a jury comprised of Mathieu Denis, Ali Özgentürk, and Michelle Shephard.



For the 27th year, the Festival welcomed an international FIPRESCI jury. This year’s jury is comprised of Jury President Lesley Chow (Australia), Andrés Nazarala (Chile), Astrid Jansen (Belgium), Pierre Pageau (Canada), James Slotek (Canada), and Viswanath Subrahmanyan (India). 

The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme is awarded to Carmel Winters for Float Like a Butterfly​. 

Honourable mention goes to Laura Luchetti’s Twin Flower.

The Prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for Special Presentations is awarded to Guy Nattiv for Skin, which the jury called “a gripping study of a group of extremists and the choices available to them. It's raw yet intelligently paced, with stunning performances, especially by a near-unrecognizable Vera Farmiga.”

Honourable mention goes to Louis Garrel’s A Faithful Man.



As selected by a jury from the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema for the seventh consecutive year, the NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere in the Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema sections goes to Ash Mayfair’s The Third Wife. 

Jury members include Vilsoni Hereniko (Fiji), Meng Xie (China), and Gülin Üstün (Turkey). 

The jury gave honourable mention to Bai Xue’s The Crossing. The jury said, “Bai Xue's storytelling in her debut film The Crossing shattered cinematic boundaries to create an original visual language that propelled her protagonist's emotional crossing into adulthood as she crossed the physical boundaries of Hong Kong into mainland China.”



The Festival and the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund present the third Audentia Award for Best Female Director, selected by the jury comprised of Anne Frank, Reinaldo Marcus Green, and Kerri Craddock. The award goes to Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian's Fig Tree.

Awarding an honourable mention to Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s Phoenix, the jury said: “Phoenix is a courageous debut from Norwegian director Camilla Strøm Henriksen. A visually arresting and emotionally nuanced film, Phoenix focuses on a young teen who assumes an enormous burden of responsibility in the face of her mother’s mental illness and her father’s absence. With a seamless blend of stark realism and cinematic magic realism, Henriksen’s story subtly, yet powerfully, unfolds from the perspective of her mature young protagonist.”



This is the fourth year for Platform, the Festival’s juried programme that champions directors’ cinema from around the world. The Festival welcomed an international jury comprised of award-winning filmmakers Mira Nair, Béla Tarr, and Lee Chang-dong, who unanimously awarded the Toronto Platform Prize Presented by Air France to Wi Ding Ho’s Cities of Last Things. 

Awarding an honourable mention to Emir Baigazin’s The River, the jury said: “We were completely absorbed by the singular world this film creates through precise and meticulous craft, breathtaking visuals, and a boldly patient yet engrossing observational style.” 

The Toronto Platform Prize offers a custom award and a $25,000 cash prize, made possible by Air France. 



This year marked the 41st year that Toronto audiences were able to cast a ballot for their favourite Festival film for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award. This year’s award goes to Peter Farrelly for Green Book.​ 


The Grolsch People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award goes to Vasan Bala’s The Man Who Feels No Pain​.​ The first runner-up is David Gordon Green’s Halloween. The second runner-up is Sam Levinson’s Assassination Nation.

The Grolsch People’s Choice Documentary Award goes to Free Solo, directed by E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin. The first runner-up is Tom Donahue’s This Changes Everything.  The second runner-up is John Chester’s The Biggest Little Farm


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Nick Hamm's DRIVEN Premieres at 2018 TIFF

  Directed by Nick Hamm   Starring Lee Pace, Jason Sudeikis, Judy Greer, Corey Stoll, Isabel Arraiza, Michael Cudlitz, Erin Moriarty     DRIVEN   WRITER | Colin Bateman PRODUCERS | Piers Tempest, Brad Feinstein, Rene Besson, Luillo Ruiz   Brad Feinstein of Romulus Entertainment was a producer and key financier.   SYNOPSIS | Lee Pace, Jason Sudeikis, Judy Greer, and Corey Stoll star in this story — inspired by true events — of the ri...

Matthew Heineman's 'A Private War' (2018) World Premiere @ TIFF

presents   A PRIVATE WAR  Directed by Matthew Heineman   Starring Rosamund Pike, Jamie Dornan, and Stanley Tucci   The narrative debut from the Academy Award nominated  direc...

Sienna Miller in 'American Woman' (TIFF 2018)

  Sienna Miller turns out a breathtaking lead performance in the upcoming American Woman (TIFF 2018), of which TIFF programmer Jane Schoettle remarked: "Miller has never given a performance quite this lived-in and emotionally layered. Her character's pain is soul-piercing, but so are her resilience and survival skills." TIFF is thrilled to offer film lovers a unique opportunity to toast the illustrious career of Sienna Miller in this intimate, fireside-style chat.   ...

North American Premiere of Bi Gan's LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (2018) at TIFF

  Directed by Bi Gan NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE - Wavelengths **Official Selection - Un Certain Regard at Cannes Film Festival 2018** As proven by his knockout debut, KAILI BLUES, Bi Gan is preoccupied with film's potential to both materialize mental space and convey physical sensation. His cinematic ambitions are further crystallized, to say the least, in LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT, a noir-tinged film abo...

International Premiere of John Chester's 'The Biggest Little Farm' @ TIFF Docs

THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM Directed by John Chester   "UPLIFTING. The sleeper-hit film of this year's festival."   "FRESH AIR FOR THE SOUL." -Variety   "GORGEOUS. emotionally resonant narrative." -IndieWire ...

World Premiere of XYZ's THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN (Midnight Madness) @ TIFF

  TIFF: World Premiere of THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN (Midnight Madness) took place on Fri. 9/14 - A delirious Homage to B-movie-Bollywood-Martial Arts-Comedy Mashup Mayhem.   Demented Midnight Madness TIFF World Premiere  THE MAN WHO FEELS NO PAIN India / 2018 / 131 min / Color / Hindi, English, Marathi, Malayalam, with English subtitles Worldwide rights (excluding India) available / North American sales: XYZ Films   A glori...

Ritu Sarin's & Tenzing Sonam's A STAR IS BORN Premieres at 2018 TIFF

  See Tenzin Dolker in her star-making debut performance "Dolker, in her first film role, absorbingly inhabits her character." -THR   THE SWEET REQUIEM Directed by Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam Written by Tenzing Sonam   Tenzin Dolker plays Dolkar, a young exile Tibetan woman living in Delhi. Tenzin Dolker was born in a Tibetan refugee settlement in South India. A dancer, yoga instructor and photographer, The Sweet Requiem is her acting debut   Synopsis...

Lance Daly's BLACK 47 (2018) Premieres at TIFF

   Lance Daly's BLACK 47 Premieres at TIFF | Starring Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Jim Broadbent, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Sarah Greene.      BLACK 47 IN SELECT THEATERS SEPTEMBER 28   CAST | Hugo Weaving, James Frecheville, Stephen Rea, Freddie Fox, Barry Keoghan, Moe Dunford, Sarah Greene, Jim Broadbent WRITERS | PJ Dillon, Pierce Ryan, Eugene O’Brien, Lance Daly EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS | Will Cl...

Red carpet moments at TIFF

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Kindergarten Teacher (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Parker Sevak, The Kindergarten Teacher (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro) Taapsee Pannu, Husband Material (shot on the Huawei P20 Pro)   ...

VIDEO - Claire Denis | The Ebert Tribute | TIFF 2018

Claire Denis was born in Paris and raised primarily in West Africa. Many of her films have screened at the Festival, including Chocolat (88), the documentary Man No Run (89), No Fear, No Die (90), I Can't Sleep (94), Nenette and Boni (96), Beau travail (99), Trouble Every Day (01), Friday Night (02), The Intruder (04), 35 Shots of Rum (08), White Material (09), Bastards (13), and her latest feature, this year's Gala Presentation High Life (18). ...

Vanity Fair, David Yurman & Creative Chaos VMG Celebrate 'This Changes Everything' TIFF Debut

Vanity Fair, David Yurman and CreativeChaos vmg celebrated the premiere of This Changes Everything at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, September 8th at Bisha Hotel Rooftop. Vanity Fair executive West Coast editor Krista Smith hosted the evening alongside Ku-Ling Yurman, who served as an executive producer on the film, Evan Yurman, Chief Creative Officer of David Yurman, Director Tom Donahue, Producers Ilan Arboleda & Kerianne Flynn and Executive Producers Geena Davis &...

North American Premiere of TITO AND THE BIRDS (Tito e os Pássaros ) @ TIFF

  TITO AND THE BIRDS (Tito e os Pássaros ) A Film by Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, and André Catoto Written by Eduardo Benaim and Gustavo Steinberg North American Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival 2018   Catch the film festival movie trailer for Tito and the Birds  A marvelous dystopian adventure of a boy and his friends battling a culture of fear that is infecting their world, new animated feature Tito and the Birds is a stunning ...

'Quincy' (2018) Premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival

  September 9, 2018 at the Princess of Wales Theater, the Netflix documentary Quincy premiered during the Toronto International Film Festival. The premiere was followed by a live performance by Mark Ronson, Chaka Khan and YEBBA, performing the original song featured in the film by Quincy Jones and Mark Ronson featuring Chaka Khan. Images and video from the screening and after party can be downloaded from the link below. Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones, Quincy Jones, Chaka Khan and Mark Ron...

'If Beale Street Could Talk' World Premiere @ TIFF

  The film world premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival at the Princess of Wales Theater.   Attendees included KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Colman Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Brian Tyree Henry, Writer/Director/Producer Barry Jenkins,  Plan B’s Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and PASTEL’S Adele Romanski and Sara Murphy. IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK opens in theaters in New York on November 30th Los Angeles on December 7th Expand...

Well Go USA Acquires Master Director Zhang Yimou's 'SHADOW'

WELL GO USA ACQUIRES MASTER DIRECTOR ZHANG YIMOU’S ‘SHADOW’ FOR MULTIPLE TERRITORY RELEASE   Zhang Yimou’s dazzling ink-washed action epic to receive a major theatrical release in early 2019.   Plano, TX–  Well Go USA has acquired all North American, UK, and Australia/New Zealand rights to legendary filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s SHADOW in advance of its world premiere at the 2018 Venice Film Festival. The film will have its North American premie...

Roadside Attractions Acquires 'The Last Full Measure' from Foresight Unlimited

ROADSIDE ATTRACTIONS ACQUIRES ‘THE LAST FULL MEASURE’ FROM FORESIGHT UNLIMITED Wide Theatrical Release Planned for Todd Robinson’s Film starring Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt, Samuel L. Jackson and Ed Harris   LOS ANGELES (September 6, 2018) – Roadside Attractions, a sister company of Lionsgate, has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Todd Robinson’s The Last Full Measure, which recounts an extraordinary, untold story about the her...

Paul Dano's WILDLIFE Screens @ TIFF

  WILDLIFE Directed by Paul Dano   **Official Selection – New York Film Festival 2018** **Special Presentation – Toronto International Film Festival 2018** **Opening Night – Critics’ Week – Cannes Film Festival – 2018** **Official Selection - Sundance Film Festival 2018**   Opening in New York & Los Angeles October 19, 2018 Nationwide expansion to follow   IFC Films invites you to a screening of WILDLIFE, the directorial d...

Danish Films @ TIFF 'That Time of Year and Before the Frost.

THAT TIME OF YEAR Contemporary World Cinema, Denmark Paprika Steen, directs and stars in THAT TIME OF YEAR – a taut dark comedy about a dysfunctional family spending Christmas Eve together. This film marks Steen’s third time in the director’s chair and her first time directing herself. With her latest, Steen demonstrates her incredible range as both a director and a performer – bringing us a film that is just as dramatic as it is funny. &nbs...

National Geographic's Pulse-Pounding Doc FREE SOLO @ TIFF

The Pulse-Pounding Story of Climber Alex Honnold's Ascent of One of the World's Most Iconic Peaks - Without a Rope   After Triumphant Premiere at Telluride, Film Plays TIFF, Opens In Theaters Sept 28     "Literally breath-taking." - Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter &nbs...

Neon Nabs US Rights to Tom Harper's Wild Rose from Entertainment One

  WILD ROSE FEATURES A BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE BY JESSIE BUCKLEY AS ASPIRING COUNTRY MUSIC SINGER    FILM WAS FINANCED BY eOne, BFI FILM FUND CREATIVE SCOTLAND AND FILM4.   Toronto (September 9, 2018) - After an all-night negotiation, NEON is excited to announce it has nabbed US rights to Tom Harper’s WILD ROSE which premiered Saturday evening at Toronto International Film Festival to a rapturous standing ovation.  The inspiring musical dramedy features a br...

Join the "Share Her Journey Rally for Women in Film " at TIFF

      Her Journey Rally at the Slaight Music Stage on Festival Street, will take plac...

Breaking News From Vision Films in Toronto

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TIFF announces the World Premiere of Xavier Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Photo credit: TIFF  The Toronto International Film Festival® today revealed Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will have its World Premiere at the Festival this September. The surprise announcement was made at TIFF’s Canadian press conference, held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.  The Death and Life of John F. Donovan follows the story of a young actor (Jacob Tremblay) as he reminisces on the letters he once...

"Access is the first step" Cameron Bailey

The first Toronto Film Festival I attended was in 1986, and I came as a student journalist. Even back then, the Festival of Festivals, as it was known, had a reputation for an open, global outlook. But the diversity of its films wasn’t always reflected in the diversity of its press corps. As the years passed and I moved from film critic to festival director, it’s become ever more clear that we can all do more to i...

Toronto International Film Festival to honour the French master Claire Denis

Claire Denis named 2018 Roger Ebert Golden Thumb Award recipient     Claire Denis, the award-winning creator of Beau travail, 35 Shots of Rum, Nenette and Boni, Chocolat, and this year’s High Life — which is premiering at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival — has been named the recipient of the fifth annual Roger Ebert Golden Thumb Award. Fri...

Joana Vicente named as TIFF's new Executive Director & Co-Head

Photo credit: Courtesy of TIFF     Today, on behalf of the Board of Directors of TIFF, Jennifer Tory, Chair, announced the appointment of Joana Vicente as the new Executive Director & Co-Head of TIFF, effective November 1, 2018.  Vicente, who previously served as Executive Director of the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), joins Cameron Bailey, who was previously announced as the Artistic Director & Co-Head, effective Oct...

VIDEO - Toronto Festival Trailer Mashup | TIFF 2018

  300+ features and shorts. Stories of hope, heartbreak, resistance, hilarity — and the just plain weird. This is your 2018 Toronto International Film Festival lineup. ...

In convesration with Hilary Swank, Mahershala Ali and Maggie Gyllenhaal...

The Toronto International Film Festival presents this year’s In Conversation With… lineup: Hilary Swank, Mahershala Ali and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Through insightful, dynamic and intimate discussion, this programme will provide an engaging experience for TIFF’s audience with artists who have commanded their distinct roles on screen. All discussions are moderated by a journalist or industry expert, along with clips of career highlights followed by a brief audience Q&A. In C...

46 breakout films from 50 international storytellers as part of its 2018 Discovery lineup

Films screening as part of the Discovery programme include: aKasha hajooj kuka | Sudan/South Africa/Qatar/Germany North American Premiere ANIARA Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja | Sweden World Premiere Blind Spot ( Blindsone) Tuva Novotny | Norway International Premiere The Chambermaid ( La Camarista) Lila Avilés | Mexico World Premiere Complicity ( Kazenoki Wa Koto No Youni) Kei Chikaura | Japan/China World Premiere Consequences ( Posledice) Darko Štante | Slovenia/Austria World P...

Michèle Maheux, Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer assumes new role and announces departure from TIFF for summer 201

Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography      Today, on behalf of the TIFF Board of Directors, Jennifer Tory, Chair, announced that longstanding Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer Michèle Maheux will retire from the organization in summer 2019. Prior to her departure next year, Maheux will play a key role in ensuring a smooth leadership transition as Cameron Bailey takes on the extended role of Artistic Director & Co-Head alongside an...

TIFF announces the World Premiere of Xavier Dolan's The Death and Life of John F. Donovan

Photo credit: TIFF The Toronto International Film Festival® today revealed Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan will have its World Premiere at the Festival this September. The surprise announcement was made at TIFF’s Canadian press conference, held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.  ...

TIFF 2018 Full Slate


Films from Canada at The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival

  The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival added another 19 Canadian features and 24 short films to its lineup today. "Ranging from science fiction to fantasy, myth to documentary, and romance to a dystopic vision of our neighbours to the south, this year’s Canadian films come from every region in the country, stretching from east to west and north to south," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF. The Grizzli...

Rob Stewart's Sharkwater Extinction will have it's world premiere at TIFF

Sharkwater Extinction Rob Stewart Canada, 2018 90 minutes World Premiere Late filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart’s last documentary is a thrilling exposé on the illegal shark-fin industry and a rousing call to save an imperiled animal from the edge...

Women take centre stage as TIFF kicks off second year of trailblazing Share Her Journey campaign

New Ambassadors include Amma Asante, Molly McGlynn, Shohreh Aghdashloo, and Ellen Wong RBC Foundation announces $450,000 donation to support women in film  Share Her Journey is back for its second year, and TIFF is asking you to join the movement. The $3-million, five-year campaign championing women in front of and behind the camera ramps up ahead of Festival season, reaffirming the organization’s commitment to providing practical support for women and its effo...

TIFF Unveils 2018 Programmes & Programmers

    The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced their 2018 lineup of programmes and programmers. The programming team, comprised of 22 of the industry’s most seasoned and talented film experts and curators, consists of nine men and 12 women. "In 2017, the TIFF programming team worked tirelessly to curate a Festival experience that resulted in the release of some of year’s most c...

TIFF Film Circuit People's Choice Award Winners

Film Lovers Across the Country Vote Maudie and Loving Vincent the TIFF Film Circuit People's Choice Award Winners TORONTO — The votes are in and this year’s TIFF Film Circuit People's Choice Award winners have been selected. Of the films touring the country as part of Film Circuit, TIFF’s programme bringing some of the best Canadian and international cinema to communities throughout the country, Maudie was voted Favourite Canadian Film and the groundbreaking Vincent Va...

Congrats to Cameron Bailey Appointed Co-Head of TIFF

Image courtesy of TIFF, Photo by Matt Barnes   TORONTO — The Board of Directors of TIFF announced today the appointment of Cameron Bailey to the newly created position of Artistic Director & Co-Head of TIFF.  The role is a promotion and expansion of Bailey’s current position of Artistic Director, which he has held s...


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