Toronto International Film Festival

5 Sep

The Toronto International Film Festival 2011

By Ozzie

Next up in the film festival calendar is The Toronto International Film Festival or TIFF.

The Toronto International Film Festival (originally known as The Festival of Festivals and in 1994 changed its name to the current name) began in 1976 and has built itself up to be one of the most prestigious festivals around. It marks the start of North American fall movie season and the start of the Oscar campaigns by film makers. The festival’s aim is to “promote cultural and creative” films, Canadian films and international films. This year’s festival takes place from the 8th of September to the 18th of September.

http://www.indiewire.com/festival/toronto_international_film_festival/lowdown

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_International_Film_Festival

http://tiff.net/abouttiff/organization/tiffhistory

This year over 300 movies representing more than 60 countries will be shown. 19 “programmers” from 6 continents have chosen this year’s line-up. This year’s opening film will be From the Sky Down by Davis Guggenheim. The documentary film is about the rock band U2 ability to survive for so many years while other bands have broken up. Other notable films being shown are Albert Nobbs, Butter, A Dangerous Method, The Ides of March, W.E. and Winnie. Many more can be viewed here.  http://tiff.net/thefestival/filmprogramming/programmes#a The closing film of the Toronto International Film festival is Page Eight by David Hare. Page Eight stars Bill Nighy, Michael Gambon, Ralph Fiennes, Judy Davis and Rachel Weisz. The plot is about an MI5 agent (Bill Nighy) is forced to leave his old life behind to discover the truth when a file is found that threatens the organisation reputation.

http://tiff.net/thefestival/about

http://tiff.net/thefestival/filmprogramming/programmers#a

http://tiff.net/press/pressreleases/2011/toronto-international-film-festival-announces-opening-night-film

http://tiff.net/thefestival/filmprogramming/programmes/galas

http://www.criticizethis.ca/2011/08/tiff-2011-announces-closing-night-film-and-final-lineup-of-galas-and-special-presentations.html

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1797469/

The Toronto International Film Festival has no formal awards. Instead there is the “People’s Choice Award” a prize handed out to a full length feature film that is given the highest rating by the viewers who attend the festival. There are also five other “People’s Choice” awards that are handed out to the Best Documentary, Best “Midnight Madness” film, Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Canadian First Feature Film and Best Canadian Short Film. There are two more prizes given out by FIPRESCI (The International Federation Of Film Critics). They are the Special Presentation Winner and Discovery Section Winner. Also the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) hands out a Producer’s award which is given to a Canadian Producer with a Canadian Feature Film for the creativity. This year’s nominees are Allison Black for Edwin Boyd, Susan Cavan for Take This Waltz, Sandra Cunningham for Billy Bishop Goes To War and The Moth Diaries, Jennifer Jones for I’m Yours and André Rouleau for Starbuck, Goon and Breakaway. The Toronto International Film Festival also recognises “Rising Stars” This is given to four Canadian actors “who have proven themselves ready to expand their film careers beyond Canada to the world.” These for actors will receive advice from casting directors, agents, managers, publicists and filmmakers to help them develop their craft and knowledge of the industry. This year’s TIFF Rising Stars are Sarah Allen, Katie Boland, Sarah Gadon and Keon Mohajeri.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toronto_International_Film_Festival

http://tiff.net/industry/programmes/cftpaproducersaward

http://tiff.net/industry/programmes/tiffrisingstars

  Please join us on Tuesday Sept 5th to discuss the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. 7pm E.

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33 Responses to “Toronto International Film Festival”

  1. FilmFestivalFanatic September 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM #

    TIFF is also one of the few festivals where directors get to screen their films to a real audience — one of the reasons they like to show here.

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 6:59 PM #

      Welcome FilmFestivalFanatic and thank you for replying!

  2. littlebells September 6, 2011 at 1:43 AM #

    FFF, that’s awesome! had no idea!

    Ozzie, long day, but I promise to have had this read by discussion tomorrow. 😉

  3. Littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM #

    THat is so exciting that they are starting in two days. I tried to get to last months SMFF, but couldn’t work out kid arrangements. I would still love to go to a film festival!

    What movies has Sarah Gadon done? I only know her because of Cosmopolis.

    • littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:02 PM #

      Also what does Midnight Madness mean?

      And HI Ozzie!!! 🙂

      • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:07 PM #

        Any horror/thriller type of movies. They’re shown at midnight!

        • littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:10 PM #

          Oh that’s awesome! Do you know how many people show up to this event?

          • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:18 PM #

            Around about 250,000 to 300,000 people turn up.

            • littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:22 PM #

              Wow! I don’t know what the average number is, but that sounds pretty great!

              Have we seen any films that have won awards at TIFF?

              • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:26 PM #

                Yes, many films that win the people’s choice award go on the receive many awards during award season. Past winners have included The King’s Speach, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious and many more!

                • littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:29 PM #

                  We loved “Slumdog Millionaire” and “The King’s Speech”! Quality films. I wish there were more of them. I guess that is why it is so fantastic that we have these film festivals to get these beautiful films out and noticed.

                  • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:35 PM #

                    I loved those two films too!

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:11 PM #

      She’s in the upcoming A Dangerous Method movie by David Cronenberg which is being shown at the festival too. She has mainly been in tv movies or tv series.

  4. littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:14 PM #

    Ooooooooh, ok. So Cosmopolis is her second movie with him. is the panel similar to other Film Festivals as far as organization?

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:23 PM #

      Yes, Cosmopolis is her second movie with David Cronenberg.

      As far as I’m aware it is similar to other film festival organizations apart from it’s much more laid back and has a non competitive vibe.

      • littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:30 PM #

        More like “let’s share what we’ve got and enjoy one another’s work”. That’s fantastic.

        • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:38 PM #

          Yes, plus they like to show their home grown talent too.

  5. littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:46 PM #

    Ozzie, do you happen to know what some of the next major film festivals are that are fast approaching. Isn’t Cannes around the corner?

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 7:53 PM #

      Cannes is in May. The next major one is New York Film Festival I think.

  6. littlebells September 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM #

    Fantastic!!!! I have to go, but thank you so much for answering all of my questions. 🙂

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 8:02 PM #

      Night LB! Thanks for being here tonight!

  7. Parisienne September 6, 2011 at 7:54 PM #

    Hi Everyone!

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 8:04 PM #

      Hello Paris! How are you?

      • Parisienne September 6, 2011 at 8:06 PM #

        good ozzie how are you?

        • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 8:08 PM #

          I’m good too!

  8. Parisienne September 6, 2011 at 8:07 PM #

    great article!

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 8:09 PM #

      Thank you very much! 🙂

      • Parisienne September 6, 2011 at 8:13 PM #

        your welcome. 🙂 Why does TIFF not have any formal awards?

        • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 8:21 PM #

          They prefer to focus to be on the films and to let them talk to the people rather than judgesto tell them what is good or not.

  9. Parisienne September 6, 2011 at 8:18 PM #

    Ozzie,

    I’m going to go. This is an excellent article though. you have a nice night.

    • ozzie20 September 6, 2011 at 8:22 PM #

      Ok, thank you for popping in for a bit! 🙂

  10. Fotele September 11, 2011 at 7:43 PM #

    very nice post, i certainly love this website, keep on it

  11. Domki dla dzieci September 12, 2011 at 4:35 PM #

    It’s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you’re talking about! Thanks

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