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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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Video: Press Conference | TIFF 2015 Keith Richards Under the Influence

Keith Richards, the Rolling Stones guitarist attended the Toronto International Film Festival to support of the documentary 'Keith Richards: Under the Influence' directed by Morgan Neville  ...

TIFF industry 2015 Video: Financing Female Led Films

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A fearless and very topical dialogue on the realities of female-led projects, with perspectives on talent and storytelling, the uphill funding battle, and strategies of female executives. How and why do films that are led by women seemingly receive less funding? Does the female auteur bring a nuanced perspective and how does this impact the audience, and sales? How can female executives drive change?  The new Upfront series provides a no-holds barred access to high profile perspectives...

TIFF Industry Video 2015: STATE OF MARKETING: Lorenzo Soria, President of the HFPA on trends in marketing and exhibition

The annual Golden Globe Awards, presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, celebrates the best in motion pictures and television; and largely sets the standard of what the broad cinephile public comes to understand as ‘acclaim’ within the industry. The Association views, interviews, and reports on over 300 films each year all around the world in preparation for the Awards. With insight on some of the most talked-about films campaigns of the year, Lorenzo Soria, President...

TIFF boasts a 9% increase in Industry attendance

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The 40th Toronto International Film Festival® comes to a close with record highs for industry attendance, including more than 2,100 buyers for a 9% increase over last year. The Festival saw strong film sales: among the highlights was the sale of the Midnight Madness sci-fi action movie Hardcore, which sold to STX for a reported $10 million. To date, 36 films were sold during the Festival to multiple territories. There were substantial U.S. sales for Anomalisa (Paramount), Eye in the Sky (B...

Stephen Dunn, selected as the inaugural Len Blum Resident.

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TIFF is pleased to announce screenwriter and filmmaker, Stephen Dunn, as the inaugural Len Blum Resident. Launched in July of this year, the Residency pays homage to one of Canada’s most celebrated screenwriters, Len Blum, by providing one Canadian filmmaker with the opportunity to live, work and be mentored at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The Residency is being generously supported by Toronto-based producer and distributor, Ron Mann. Dunn will take up residency at the Festival Tower for up to thre...

TIFF 2015 Awards announced

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September 20, 2015 .NEWS RELEASE. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 AWARD WINNERS TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced award winners from the 40th Festival, which wraps up this evening. The short film awards below were selected by a jury comprised of the head of the shorts program and creations unit at Canal+ France, Pascale Faure, film writer John Anderson (The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times), and actor Rizwan Manji (Outsourced, ...

TIFF 15: The Wait - Interview with Piero Messina

By Martin Petrov Interview by Martin I. Petrov    Piero Messina is born in Sicily and has worked as an assistant director alongside Paolo Sorrentino for This must be the night and The great beauty (La Grande Bellezza). The wait is his first feature film and premiered in competition at the 72nd Venice Film Festival. The film was selected for the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where we met the directo...

TIFF 15: Review of Stonewall by Roland Emmerich

Stonewall, dir. by Roland Emmerich, US, 2015  By Martin Petrov “You ran away? You got kicked out? You feel lost? Welcome to New York!” is the welcoming line that takes us down to Christopher street in Greenwich village, where it all started.  Danny (Jeremy Irvine), a young teenager who just escaped family and hometown after his peers discover he is a homosexual, arrives in New York City to study at Columbia. Only that Danny’s nature brings him straight t...

TIFF 15: Review of Demolition by Jean-Marc Vallée

    Demolition, dir. by Jean-Marc Vallée, US 2015    By Martin I. Petrov        A normal man’s reaction to his wife’s tragic death would be grief and depression. For Davis Mitchell (Jake Gyllenhaal), is a chance to rediscover his own self in a loud, tragelaughic and destructive emotional torpedo, involving a lot of… deconstruction.    Davis is a successful investment banker...

PJ Tarasuk celebrity wrangler explains the importance of film festivals

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PJ Tarasuk celebrity wrangler talks to Laurie Gordon. Tarasuk has been the celebrity wrangler for Chatelaine Magazine arranging for the A list stars to grace the covers of the magazine. Tarasuk began his career 20 years ago working for Georgio Armani and today  announces his move from Toronto to New York as he moves over to  Good Housekeeping.Good Housekeeping is a women's magazine owned by the Hearst Corporation, When businesses want to engage celebrities ...

TIFF the public's film festival

Lineups around the block Toronto streets for movie tickets, rush lines are accompanied by well meaning shouting at you volunteers the norm. I was able to catch The Danish Girl and Black Mass while being moved along one by one. Both films worth the kind abuse of  well uber TIFF staff. I was happy to catch both films in a full house in the morning to evening screenings.     The crowd density appears somewhat thinner than last year, the industry perhaps a tad quiter yet the se...

One moment on King Street at LIGHTBOX Hotel Transylvania

  Time is a fleeting moment in Toronto as   heads bob across the path sitting at a cafe on a sunny afternoon. Thank you TIFF for bringing us all together. From left to right day to the night, you graced us with your energy and creativity.       ...

Best from TIFF - Leopoldo Soto 's editorial choice

PATRICIO GUZMAN, AMONG THE BEST OF TORONTO´S CRITICS SELECTION OF 40th TIFF According to TIFF, prestigious critics, Bruce Kirkland`s , (“The Sun”)  Choice Selection by: Leopoldo Soto   MASTERS:   • The Pearl Button (El Boton de Nacar): Superb Chilean filmmaker Patricio Guzman (Nostalgia for the Light) returns with another film being hailed as a masterpiece. Still haunted by the disappeared people of the fascist Pinochet regime, Guzman explore...

TIFF 15: The Apostate - Interview with Federico Veiroj

  Director Federico Veiroj  Interview: Martin I. Petrov    Everyday, we have millions of choices to make, but how many of them are unaffected by societal norms or imposed by others?   In his third feature film, Spanish-Uruguayan filmmaker Federico Veiroj, depicts the story of Gonzalo, a young man who decides to apostatise. Humorous, extravagant and smart, the story takes us on a journey through Gonzalo’s life, as he is confronted with his deepes...

DDI has acquired the worldwide sales rights for METANOIA

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DDI President, Jason Moring, announced today that DDI has acquired the worldwide sales rights for METANOIA and attached Harry Potter actor Michael Gambon to the project.   METANOIA stars David Tennant (Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Broadchurch), Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men), will be directed by Robert Mullan, produced by Charlotte Arden and Harriet Hammond, and executive produced by Phin Glynn and Peter Dunphy. The film is a co-production between Gizmo Films and Bad Penny Productions.   ME...

Fortissimo Films announced the licensing of North American distribution rights of Ray Yeung’s FRONT COVER to Strand Releasing

Fortissimo Films announced today the licensing of North American distribution rights of Ray Yeung’s FRONT COVER to Strand Releasing. FRONT COVER received its World Premiere in Competition at the recent Seattle International Film Festival and will unspool next week as the Opening Film of the Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.  Strand plans for an extensive North American Festival run and a multi-market theatrical release starting in New York City from spring 2016. The English-...

Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek set to star in DRUNK PARENTS

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A FRED WOLF FILM FROM BRON STUDIOS & FORTITUDE INTERNATIONAL   Five time Golden Globe and Emmy winner Alec Baldwin and Oscar nominee Salma Hayek will star in the feature comedy DRUNK PARENTS, to be directed by Fred Wolf, from a screenplay by Wolf and Peter Gaulke. The film’s producers, Robert Ogden Barnum and Aaron L. Gilbert, announced a first quarter 2016 start date.   The film is a co-production with Fortitude International and Bron Studios, in association with CW Med...

Fortissimo Films acquires rights to Lech Majewski’s (THE MILL & THE CROSS, THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, BASQUIAT)

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Fortissimo Films announced today its acquisition of international sales rights to Lech Majewski’s (THE MILL & THE CROSS, THE GARDEN OF EARTHLY DELIGHTS, BASQUIAT) spectacular and otherworldly science-fiction feature VALLEY OF THE GODS.  The film, which is set to commence principal photography in Q1 2016, will star Josh Hartnett (BLACK HAWK DOWN, 40 DAY AND NIGHTS, LUCKY NUMBER SLEVIN, VIRGIN SUICIDES).  He currently stars in the Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL. Additional cast...

125 M$ equity financing agreement with the government of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua

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GOLDEN ISLANDS FILMWORKS SETS UP UNPRECEDENTED $125 MILLION EQUITY FINANCING AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA   Arrangement Will Cover Five Films That Include “Rebels” (the story of four rebel icons who discovered and supported the rise of legendary musician Bob Marley) and “Nick Carter: Killmaster” Espionage Thriller   Esteemed producer Rudy Langlais (“The Hurricane,” “Sugar Hill”) and his partners, Caribbean social entrepreneur...

Johnny Depp at TIFF as a Mobster!

  Johnny Depp at TIFF 2015 kisses his love and NEW wife and talks like MOB. They wed in February after three years together, and there's certainly no shortage of passion between Amber Heard and her husband Johnny Depp. The couple couldn't keep their hands off each other as they attended the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Black Mass on Monday. Amber, 29, cosied up to Johnny, planting a tender kiss on her 52-year-old partner's lips as they walked t...

Brad Bird talks animation at TIFF

Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird (born September 24, 1957) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor, who began his career as an animator.   Bird developed a love for the art of animation at an early age and was mentored by Milt Kahl, one of Disney's legendary Nine Old Men. He was part of one of the earliest graduating classes of the California Institute of the Arts alongside John Lasseter and Tim Burton. Afterwards, Bird worked as an animator ...

Tango this at TIFF/ Divided by life, united by Tango

Click on the image to watch the trailer   DCP - HD - 2015 - 85 min - Argentina, Germany   Directed by German Kral Produced by German Kral Filmproduktion, Lailaps Pictures From Executive Producer Wim Wenders, Rodrigo Furth, Jakob Abrahamson Original Language Spanish Co-producer Birgit Rothörl, Josef Brandmaier  With the participation of Schubert International Filmproduktions, Monogatari Fi...

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