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The 46th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 9–18, 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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A look back at Toronto International Film Festival 2021

By Claus Mueller The 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) was held from September 9 – 18. The program consisted of close to 200 exceptional Canadian and international films in its official selections alongside renowned industry conferences. TIFF adopted a hybrid format this year, combining online screenings of the productions and in- person theatrical exposure in numerous Ontario venues. Through TIFF Bell Lightbox and Bell Digital Talks platforms,...

VIDEO: Toronto International Film Festival announces 2021 Award winners

The Toronto International Film Festival® has announced its award recipients for the 46th edition of the Festival, which concluded tonight with screenings of Zhang Yimou’s One Second at the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall. “2021 brought an exceptional selection of films that excited Festival audiences around the world,” said Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, TIFF Co-Heads. “Our lineup showcased beloved auteurs alongsid...

FIPRESCI and NETPAC juries select TIFF 2021 Award winners

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The Toronto International Film Festival, alongside the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC), announced award winners for work screened at TIFF 2021.   “We are thrilled to announce that Anatolian Leopard has received the 2021 FIPRESCI Jury Award,” said Diana Sanchez, Senior Director, Film, TIFF. “Every year we are amazed at the creativity and audaciousness of the filmmakers in our l...

Meet the 2021 TIFF Rising Stars

Meet the 2021 TIFF Rising Stars: eight upcoming actors selected as standout performers from films in TIFF’s Official Selection. We will hear the next generation of acting talent give their thoughts on the film industry, share their experiences working on their latest projects, and discuss what’s next in their careers. The 46th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 9 to 18, 2021   ...

TIFF AWARDS announced

Thank you for joining us for the 46th Toronto International Film Festival on September 9–18, 2021. The awards were revealed this saturday september18th   PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD Belfast, dir. Kenneth Branagh   PEOPLE’S CHOICE DOCUMENTARY AWARD The Rescue, dirs. E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin   PEOPLE’s CHOICE MIDNIGHT MADNESS AWARD Titane, dir. Julia Ducournau   TIFF TRIBUTE ACTOR AWARDS Jessica Chastain, The Eyes of Tammy Faye...

VIDEO The team of Dune in conversation with Cameron Bailey at Toronto

Denis Villeneuve   The team behind DUNE in conversation with TIFF following its premiere at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival. Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated retelling of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, and Zendaya. The 46th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 9 to 18, 2021. ...

Every Story solidifies TIFF's commitment to amplifying equity-seeking creators

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The newly created Every Story fund will provide ongoing resources and programming for diverse voices  The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced Every Story, a fund to support and celebrate film’s under-represented voices and audiences. This fund represents a tangible commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in film and expands upon TIFF’s integrated initiative in support of women in film, Share Her Journey. Through this fund, TIFF is ...

Ari Wegner receives the TIFF Variety Artisan Award at the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards

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 Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, announced today that cinematographer Ari Wegner will be honoured with the TIFF Variety Artisan Award at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards. The award recognizes a distinguished creative who has excelled at their craft and made an outstanding contribution to cinema and entertainment. For the second straight year, the TIFF Tribute Awards will be broadcast on Saturday, September 18 at 7pm ET/PT, 8pm AT on CTV and everywhere CTV content ca...

TIFF Director interviewed: Michael McGowan for ALL MY PUNY SORROWS

ALL MY PUNY SORROWS TIFF 2021 With Director: Michael McGowan   Michael McGowan  Michael McGowan’s touching adaptation of Miriam Toews’ beloved novel about two sisters boasts a fine cast led by Alison Pill and Sarah Gadon. Michael  is a Toronto-born writer and director for film and television. His feature films Saint Ralph (04), One Week (08), Score: A Hockey Musical (10), and Still Mine (12) all played the Festival. ...

TIFF Director interviewed: Neus Ballús for ODD-JOB MEN

  THE ODD-JOB MEN TIFF 2021 With Director: Neus Ballús  Photo by By Guillem Medina - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0   INTERVIEW by Emmanuel Itier Q: So, where did this idea about this unique movie come from?   Neus: The inspiration for this film comes from my step-father who is a plumber. He always told me about his strange stories that happened with some of his customers. I found them very weird and very revealing about human relationship. He has access to...

TIFF Director interviewed: Wi Ding Ho for TERRORIZERS

TERRORIZERS TIFF 2021 IN CONVERSATION with Director: Wi Ding Ho   By Emmanuel Itier   Q: What was the inspiration for this film and what were your intentions making it?   Wi: I’m a filmmaker and I like telling engaging stories. So many movies are so linear today. But when you read a book there is a notion of going back and forth. I wanted to try to do something not linear, not predictable, not necessarily structured with a 3 acts construction and an obvious protago...

Arclight Films has locked distribution deals for the comedy Queen bees

Arclight Films’ chairman Gary Hamilton announced today the company has locked distribution deals in key international territories in all media for the comedy-drama Queen Bees, starring Ellen Burstyn, Jane Curtin, Loretta Devine, Ann-Margret and James Caan.      Directed by Michael Lembeck and written by Donald Martin, Arclight Films has sold the rights to Queen Bees to MGM for the territories of Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Iceland, UK, Middle East, Gree...

It's alive...Live from TIFF with Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey

Join TIFF's Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey plus ETALK's Tyrone Edwards and Chloe Wilde to learn how to make the most of your Festival experience this September 9–18. For more: https://tiff.net/how-to-festival-2021 The Tony Award–winning musical Dear Evan Hansen was the Opening Night Gala Presentation at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival ® and screened Thursday, September 9 at Roy Thomson Hall. Additional screenings of Dear Evan Hansen will take place at t...

TIFF unveils Talent Development & Media Inclusion Initiative participants

Additional Conference speakers & Industry Selects titles announced for the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival   The Toronto International Film Festival® announced today its Talent Development programmes, including TIFF Filmmaker Lab, TIFF Talent Accelerator, TIFF Rising Stars, and the TIFF Micki Moore Residency, as well as the recently confirmed Media Inclusion Initiative participants. “Removing barriers for creators, storytellers, and performers so ...

TIFF announces Dionne Warwick & Danis Goulet as honourees of 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards

Third annual TIFF Tribute Awards airs on CTV Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7 pm/8atl TIFF People’s Choice Award and Platform Prize winners to be announced LIVE during one-hour event on CTV and streamed to global audiences by Variety   Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, announced today that six-time Grammy Award–winning music icon and activist Dionne Warwick will be honoured at the TIFF Tribute Awards with the Special Tribute Award, and that Night Raiders director ...

TIFF unveils Industry elects, In Conversation With..., Platform Prize Jury & Special Events

Rounding out the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival lineup are the audience-pleasing In Conversation With… series, and unique and inspiring Special Events. Packed with emotion and cultural significance, these events will offer audiences a wide range of experiences. Also announced today is TIFF’s Platform Prize Jury for 2021 and TIFF Industry Selects, a curated selection of 22 global films beyond the Official Selection that are available for sale at this year’s Festival...

Interview with Director: Justine Bateman for Violet at TIFF

“VIOLET” TIFF 2021 With Director: Justine Bateman Interview by Emmanuel Itier Q: Where did the idea come from and the genesis for this unique picture?   Justine: I wrote this script in 2011 and during these years I had made a lot of “fear based” decisions, just enough to feel I wasn’t being myself. When I work through that I realized a few things. If I thoughts about the fears as if somebody else was saying them to me instead of being my own,...

TIFF announces Benedict Cumberbatch as recipient of TIFF Tribute Actor Award

Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, are pleased to announce Academy Award–nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch as the recipient of this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award. The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. In addition to being an Academy Award nominee, Cumberbatch won an Emmy Award for playing the role of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock and a BAFTA for his role in Patrick Melrose. He will next ...

TIFF announces Jessica Chastain as recipient of TIFF Tribute Actor Award

Photo credit: Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty TORONTO  Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, are pleased to announce two-time Academy Award–nominated actor Jessica Chastain as the recipient of this year’s TIFF Tribute Actor Award supported by the Tory Family. The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will take place during the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Jessica has brought to life such strong and inspiring roles for women, from the fil...

TIFF 2021 unveils selections for Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery programmes

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TIFF 2021 unveils selections for Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery programmes TIFF Rewind presented by Bell brings back iconic Festival premieres TIFF hosts in-person Press & Industry screenings   The Toronto International Film Festival announced today films from around the globe that are included in the Contemporary World Cinema programme presented by Sun Life and the Discovery programme presented by Dyson as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s 46th edit...

TIFF announces first honourees for 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards

Alanis Obomsawin - Photo credit: Scott Stevens / Denis Villeneuve - Photo credit: Ulysse Del Drago Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, are delighted to announce that award-winning documentary filmmaker, writer, singer, and activist Alanis Obomsawin will be honoured with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media at this year’s TIFF Tribute Awards and Academy Award®–nominated French Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award. T...

TIFF announces 2021 Gala & Special Presentation programmes, including Opening & Closing Night films

Photo credit: Courtesy of TIFF TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced today that the feature-film adaptation of the Tony Award–winning musical Dear Evan Hansen is the Opening Night Gala Presentation at the 46th Toronto International Film Festival® and will screen Thursday, September 9 at Roy Thomson Hall. Additional screenings of Dear Evan Hansen will take place at the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, at the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Pla...

The Toronto International Film Festival® 2020 full list of Awards

The Toronto International Film Festival® is delighted to announce its award recipients for 2020. TIFF will also unveil the slate of awards and winners via all social media channels. The 45th edition of TIFF wrapped last night with the Closing Night Presentation of Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy at the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place. “TIFF 2020 was a year we won’t soon forget,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head. “Over the ...

FIPRESCI and NETPAC juries select TIFF 2020 Award Winners

  Thee Toronto International Film Festival, alongside the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema (NETPAC), announced award winners for work screened at TIFF 2020.   “This year’s Official Selection had a truly stellar collection of international films,” said Diana Sanchez, Senior Director of Film at TIFF. “During such a unique year, TIFF is so grateful to global film criticism and apprecia...

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