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Toronto Film Festival Dailies


The Toronto International Film Festival, to be held September 6 to 16, 2018 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.

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Geoff Macnaughton appointed TIFF's new Director of Industry

Photo credit: George Pimentel Photography Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head of TIFF, today announced the appointment of Geoff Macnaughton to Director of Industry. Macnaughton will oversee the organization’s industry programming and talent development initiatives, as well as industry-related sales and services. He will continue to act as Lead Programmer of Primetime, the Toronto International Film Festival’s prog...

Diana Sanchez appointedin Toronto to newly created role of Senior Director, Film at TIFF

Laura Ryan and Jennifer Frees promoted to Vice President roles Diana Sanchez, Photo Credit: George Pimentel WireImage Getty for TIFF TORONTO — Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, and Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, today announced several appointments to the Senior Management team at TIFF.  Diana Sanchez has been appointed to the newly created role of Senior Director, Film, effecti...

Toronto International Film Festival announces a new generation of Programmers

  Cameron Bailey, Dorota Lech, Kiva Reardon, Andréa Picard Brad Deane, Jason Anderson, Diana Sanchez, Thom Powers Giovanna Fulvi, Michèle Maheux, Steve Gravestock, Ravi Srinivasan, Geoff Macnaughton Jennifer Barkin, Michael Lerman, Lydia Ogwang, Ming-Jenn Lim Peter Kuplowsky, Robyn Citizen, Christoph Straub, Karina Rotenstein   Today, TIFF announced a new generation of film experts and curators who have been appointed as Le...

VIDEO: Piers Handling homage to Rob Stewart at the opening of TIFF 2018

  Piers Handling introduced the World Premier of Sharkwater Extinction at TIFF; his final film and his third movie to have been selected at TIFF.  Late Canadian Filmmaker Rob Stewart was first honoured With 'Child Of The Water' Music created by Chantal Kreviazuk for Rob which played live to the audience before the presentations. Piers Handling and Rob's family followed, Brian Sandy and Alexandra,and the whole team on stage.   ...

3,600 donors to honour Piers's 36 years with TIFF

Dear Film Lover, After 36 years with TIFF, my friend Piers Handling is retiring. I’ve known and worked alongside Piers for so long now, it’s hard to know what to say. There are so many memories, and there is so much to be proud of. Under Piers's leadership, TIFF grew into a globally recognized film festival and one of the strongest cultural institutions in Canada. But it also grew into a community of film lovers that feel like an extended family to me and so many...

Say thank you to Piers Handling before he retires after 36 years with TIFF

Film Lover – I grew up in Thedford, Ontario, and when I moved to Toronto to pursue my love of film, I never imagined I’d get so lucky. In the first few weeks, I stumbled upon TIFF Cinematheque — a world-class cinema that’s become my second home. I was finally able to see the films I loved, and films I’d never heard of, on the big screen. I was enthralled. But even more than the films, what changed ...

Monsters at TIFF from Summer Hill and Tom Cat Films

We are a U.S. film distributor and a worldwide sales company. www.summerhillfilms.com I Contact I   Facebook I Twitter: @WatchCoolMovies Our mission is twofold.   First, we are a home to independent filmmakers who have done the impossible, created a quality film ready for distribution.  Through our 25 years of experience, our contacts, our customer service and our accessibility & transparency, we will take your film to the n...

Zheng Kai (aka Ryan Zheng) Attends TIFF with 'SHADOW' (2018)

Zheng Kai (aka Ryan Zheng)   Zheng Kai aka Ryan Zheng is a fast-emerging Chinese actor, filmmaker and entrepreneur. A frequent collaborator of Academy Award-nominated, BAFTA Award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimou, Zheng appeared in The Great Wall opposite Matt Damon and will next appear in the highly anticipated Shadow, which is set to premiere at the upcoming 2018 Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.   A box-office powerhouse in his native China,...

Von Trotta's SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN (2018) - North American Premiere at TIFF

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  Oscilloscope Laboratories Presents   SEARCHING FOR INGMAR BERGMAN   Directed by MARGARETHE VON TROTTA Co-directors: FELIX MOELLER and BETTINA BÖHLER   Oscilloscope Laboratories will release Searching for Ingmar Bergman, Margarethe von Trotta’s unabashed valentine to the director who inspired her to become a filmmaker. The film, which had its World Premiere in Cannes, is set to open in NYC (before opening in LA & other cities) on November 2nd, 2018, a...

Netflix's 'HOLD THE DARK' Holds World Premiere @ TIFF

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  World Premiere of Netflix’s HOLD THE DARK at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival The film stars Jeffrey Wright, Alexander Skarsgård, James Badge Dale, Riley Keough, Julian Black Antelope, Director Jeremy Saulnier, Writer Macon Blair, and Producers Russell Ackerman, John Schoenfelder, Eva Maria Daniels, Neil Kopp, and Anish Savjani. SYNOPSIS Retired naturalist and wolf expert Russell Core (JEFFREY WRIGHT) journeys to the edge of civilization in northern Alaska at t...

Wild Bunch Handles Worldwide Sales on TIFF title 'CITIES OF LAST THINGS' @ by Director Ho Wi Ding

WILD BUNCH HANDLES WORLDWIDE SALES ON DIRECTOR HO WI DING’S ‘CITIES OF LAST THINGS’ AT TORONTO   TIFF title world premiered on Saturday, September 8th in the Platform section; Wild Bunch to handle international territories excluding Taiwan, France and most of Asia   International sales company Wild Bunch is handling worldwide sales for Ho Wi Ding’s CITIES OF LAST THINGS, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Platform section on ...

COLETTE (2018) Starring Keira Knightley, Directed by Wash Westmoreland @ TIFF

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 COLETTE IN THEATERS SEPTEMBER 21, 2018 Directed by | Wash Westmoreland Written by | Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, Rebecca Lenkiewicz Starring | Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as “Willy” (Dominic West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Keira Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to gh...

MOUTHPIECE (2018) Written and Directed by Patricia Rozema @ TIFF

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    MOUTHPIECE Written and Directed by Patricia Rozema Co-Written by Norah Sadava and Amy Nostbakken Starring Norah Sadava, Amy Nostbakken and Maev Beaty 2018 TIFF | SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS | WORLD PREMIERE  MOUTHPIECE is a powerful, amusing and highly original look into the conflicted psyche of Cassandra Haywood a fiercely independent millennial woman. Cass is a single writer who lives by her own rules. She’s also a bit of a disaster. Following the sudden death of he...

Annabel Jankel's TELL IT TO THE BEES (2018) World Premiere at TIFF

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  TELL IT TO THE BEES ***World Premiere in Special Presentations Category at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival*** Starring: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger Emun Elliott, Steven Robertson, Lauren Lyle, Gregor Selkirk, Kate Dickie Directed by: Annabel Jankel Written by: Henrietta and Jessica Ashworth Based on the novel by: Fiona Shaw Dr. Jean Markham (Anna Paquin) returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father’s medical practice. When a school-...

TIFF 2018 Premiere of "Feathers" Directed by A.V. Rockwell

Written and Directed by A.V. Rockwell     Synopsis: Elizier, a new enrollee at The Edward R. Mill School For Boys, must overcome the memories of a tragic past in order to tackle larger issues dominating his young life: How must it feel to grow up in the world, under the constant implication that your life does not matter? To know that the whole world could watch you die, yet nothing would be done about it? In this poetic and lush drama, A.V. Rockwell creates an allegorical lov...

World Premiere of Amazon Studios’ HOMECOMING at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Photo credit: George Pimentel WireImage Getty for TIFF The ultimate movie star, Julia Roberts arrived at TIFF for the world premiere of her television series Homecoming at Ryerson theatre. The Homecoming P&I screening is on September 10 at 9am at Scotiabank theatre.   Executive Producer and Star Julia Roberts,Executive Producer and Director Sam Esmail,Executive Producers and Co-Creators Eli Horowitzand Micah Bloomberg, and stars Stephan James, Jer...

TIFF Eurimages’ Audentia Award Awarded to Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s FIG TREE

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Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian’s FIG TREE awarded the TIFF Eurimages’ Audentia Award. Official announcement below.   Please scroll down for film details. ...

TIFF WRAP Newsletter

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.     IWC​ ​SHORT​ ​CUTS​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​SHORT​ ​FILM ...

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 wraps up this evening.   IWC​ ​SHORT​ ​CUTS​ ​AWARD​ ​FOR​ ​BEST​ ​SHORT​ ​FILM The IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film goes to ...

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." -RogerEbert.com   "FRESH AIR FOR THE SOUL." -Variety   "GORGEOUS. REMARKABLE...an 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...

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