An Incredible Showcase of Film
As one of the biggest film festivals in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival is a showcase of both home grown and international talent. Film fanatics, critics, industry professionals and journalists all gather together in the many venues in Toronto’s downtown core to take in a carefully chosen selection of the best cinema from over 60 countries. Audiences are exposed to a mix of new offerings from established big-name filmmakers as well as up-and-coming talent.
TIFF offers a variety of cinema that suits the taste of every filmgoer, from gripping documentaries to terrifying horror flicks. Some of the 17 programs include the “Masters” films which showcase new works by the world’s most noted filmmakers and the “Vanguard” series that offers edgy works meant to challenge the audience. Films in the “Contemporary World Cinema” category are an award-winning collection from around the globe, while the “Canada First” works spotlight the best cinema from Canadian talent. A favourite with night owls looking for cinema that pushes the envelope are the “Midnight Madness” movies. These flicks range from bone-chilling thrillers to wild and wacky comedies and are screened after 12am.
Many beloved films worthy of Oscar nominations and wins have premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, including the smash hit Slumdog Millionaire and the acclaimed adaptation Precious, both recipients of the festival’s People Choice Award.