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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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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.  ...

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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...

Video Capture of The TIFF awards ceremony

  The TIFF awards ceremony announcing the Grolsch People's Choice Award, Platform Jury Prize and much more. list of winners: ...

Winners at TIFF 2017 announced

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. To watch the presentation, visit The 42nd Festival wraps up this evening. The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of Marit van den Elshout, Head of CineMart at the International Film Festival Rotterdam; award-winning filmmaker Jo...

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game, The Current War) is set to star in GYPSY BOY by Morgan Matthews

Academy AwardÒ, BAFTA and Golden GlobeÒ nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch (THE IMITATION GAME, THE CURRENT WAR) is set to star in GYPSY BOY, the film adaptation based on Mikey Walsh’s best-selling memoirs, it was announced today by producers Dee Koppang O’Leary (Netflix’s “The Crown”) and Kevin Loader (MY COUSIN RACHEL, THE DEATH OF STALIN). Morgan Matthews, the two-time BAFTA Award winning director whose first narrative feature was the highly ac...


Celebrating World Premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 BORG/MCENROE by Janus Metz featuring Tuva Novotny (European Shooting Star Sweden 2002) co-produced by Jarkko Hentula (PoM Finland 2004) The 42nd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 7 – 17, 2017) presents a strong slate of European World Premieres in various festival sections. More than half of the films – 38 in total – star 21 former EUROPEAN SHOO...

TIFF screens New documentary from Sam Pollard on Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr.

American Masters Pictures proudly presents - SAMMY DAVIS, JR: I'VE GOTTA BE ME -  the new documentary from legendary award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard that brings an intimate, in depth and candid look into the life of one of our most ground breaking and iconic performers in the world, Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr.  Premiering at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, this moving and compelling film lets viewers see the highs and lows of this extraordinary man as ...

Where are the women?

For far too long, talented women have been unheralded and unheard.   Here are the facts: Of the top 250 films of 2016, just 7% were directed by women. Of the top 100 films of 2016, only 29% of all protagonists were female. Of the top 100 films of 2016, females accounted for only 32% of all speaking characters. You can help TIFF change this narrative -- right now! I’m so proud that TI...

TIFF Industry Program of 67 conferences

 More than 150 guest speakers will take the stage including Glenn Close, Cassian Elwes, Armie Hammer, Mary Harron, Armando Iannucci, Franklin Leonard, Morgan Spurlock, Syrinthia Studer, Graham Taylor and Larry Wilmore. The six-day conference, which runs September 8-13, will incite provocative discussions and inspire innovative strategies for creative and business leadership. It will feature a range of curated programmes, which brings emphasis to different elements of industry debate inc...

Piers Handling Announces 2018 Will Be His Final Year at TIFF

          TORONTO – Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, announced today 2018 will be his final year leading the Toronto International Film Festival®. After almost 25 years at the helm of one of Canada’s most important cultural organizations Piers will leave behind an unparalleled legacy of accomplishments and innovation.    “Because of Piers’ le...

World Premiere at TIFF of Academy Award® nominee Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq

The Toronto International Film Festival® proudly announces the World Premiere of Academy Award® nominee Dan Gilroy’s Roman J. Israel, Esq., completing the 2017 Official Programme Selection. Written and directed by Gilroy and featuring an amazing transformation by Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq. is the newest and final addition to TIFF’s Special Presentations programme, furthering Washington and Gilroy’s collaborative relationship with the Festival.   ...

TIFF Special Event Screening of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk at Cinesphere in Honour of IMAX’s 50th Anniversary

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SPECIAL EVENT  SCREENING OF CHRISTOPHER NOLAN’S DUNKIRK AT CINESPHERE IN HONOUR OF IMAX’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY   Director/Writer/Producer Christopher Nolan will be in attendance for the screening followed by a conversation      TORONTO —  In honour of the 50th anniversary of IMAX Corporation, the Toronto Inte...

TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival Winners

TIFF is thrilled to announce the winners of the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, an international, digital festival. The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, which showcases 60-second micro-shorts, had no shortage of diversity and creativity in submissions this year. Entries received were from countries all over the world, including Colombia, Norway, Lebanon and the United States. The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival is presented by UNIQLO.   “This year’s festival attracted an impre...

5 new members to TIFF's Board of Directors

TIFF announces the appointment of five new members to its Board of Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Geoff Beattie, Frank Kollmar, Leslie Noble, and Jeffrey Remedios. “The vast experience and perspectives of Jennifer, Geoff, Frank, and Leslie will be a huge asset to us — they are a great addition to our already very strong team,” said Jennifer Tory, new Chair of the Board of Directors, TIFF. “They have all held top roles in various organizations, and their unique experie...

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s Angry Inuk Wins The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award

  Angry Inuk has been voted winner of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award. TIFF’s celebration of Canadian cinema, screen talent, and creativity crowned its people choice award winner, with Toronto audiences voting Alethea Arnaquq-Baril’s documentary Angry Inuk their favourite pick from the festival’s 10 feature films.   Angry Inuk investigates the global anti-sealing movement's impact on Inuit communities. Director Arnaquq-Bar...

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