The Toronto Film Festival is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the entire world, bringing together over 480,000 people annually including 5,000 industry professionals. Founded in 1976, TIFF has become a permanent staple for the film industry in Toronto, operating out of TIFF Bell Lightbox in downtown Toronto.
TIFF, whose mission is “to transform the way people see the world through film”, was once acknowledged as second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile celebrities, photos, and market activity by Variety Magazine. Partially because of its reputation for generating Oscar nods, Time magazine noted that TIFF has “grown from its place as the most influential fall film festival to the most influential film festival, period.”
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The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival will take place on September 10-19 at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The 45th edition of TIFF comprises of a lineup of 50 new feature films, five programmes of short films, interactive talks with industry professionals, film cast reunions, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers. Because TIFF has a reputation for being one of the most accessible major film festivals, screenings will be tailored to fit the times: with physical screenings, drive-ins, and digital screening available. Not to mention TIFF also promises virtual red carpets, press conferences, and industry talks.
Though the festival typically promotes over 200 films, this year will be scaled back a little bit–down to 50 new features. These premieres will take place in a socially distanced physical location that will take place over the first five days of the festival. The official film selections include “Cannes 2020” titles like Ammonite, Another Round, True Mothers, Bruised, and Spike Lee’s American Utopia. Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch is also rumored to be among TIFF’s featured films. Over these five days, festival-goers will have the opportunity to experience these premieres as physical drive-ins and outdoor experiences that take them beyond the movie theater. In order to maintain proper health and safety at this year’s event, TIFF is working closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials.
For the first time in its history, TIFF will launch a digital platform for the Festival, allowing new opportunities to connect with audiences beyond TIFF Bell Lightbox. Over the 10 day event, TIFF has partnered with Shif72 to develop an industry-leading online platform.
“TIFF has a proud history of programming award-winning films, expanding the conversation to include a multitude of voices, and in creating boundary-pushing initiatives for the industry,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF. “And this year we’ve added new innovations and ways to give back to the community. In doing so, we’re aiming to advance what a film festival is capable of delivering — for audiences and the film industry…”
TIFF 2020 will be welcoming 50 celebrated filmmakers and actors including Ava DuVernay, Darren Aronofsky, Taika Waititi, Anurag Kashyap, Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, Nadine Labaki, Alfonso Cuarón, Tantoo Cardinal, Riz Ahmed, Rian Johnson, Jason Reitman, Isabelle Huppert, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan, Priyanka Chopra, Viggo Mortensen, Zhang Ziyi, David Oyelowo, Lulu Wang, Rosamund Pike, Sarah Gadon, Denis Villeneuve, and more!
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