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Toronto, Aug 26 (Canadian-Media): Additional TIFF programming such as In Conversation With… talks, Special Events, and Short Cuts were announced by TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente Aug 25 for audiences to enjoy serve to not only elevate TIFF’s offerings but also provide an experience in which Festival-goers can immerse themselves, TIFF reports said.
Included in the announcement were the IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards, Amplify Voices Awards presented by Canada Goose, and the crowd-pleasing TIFF People’s Choice Award.
“TIFF is about the films, and we’ve stayed true to that mission,” stated Vicente. “We also are committed to an enhanced Festival experience for film lovers...and explore new directions in cinema.”
Joanna Vicente. Image credit: TIFF
“It was important for TIFF to move forward and keep the creative spirit alive...to providing a platform for filmmakers of colour, emerging talents, and independent creative film artists, and particularly women filmmakers...especially those of Canadian and Indigenous artists, and continue to be a thought leader in film culture,” added Bailey.
Cameron Bailey. Image credit: TIFF
In Conversation With…
In Conversation With..., one of TIFF’s most exciting programmes, features intimate, and entertaining sit-downs with some of the industry’s biggest names such as:
Halle Berry, Claire Denis & Barry Jenkins, Ava DuVernay, Saoirse Ronan, Barry Levinson & Denzel Washington, D-Nice & Anthony Mandler,
This year there will be six inspiring conversations about art, creative processes, activism, and the power of music and film to unite us.
Many of TIFF’s talks will be presented on TIFF’s platform Bell Digital Talks. Tickets can be purchased or reserved through tiff.net.
Special Events Reflecting the diversity of TIFF’s audiences and the breadth of their interests, this year’s Special Events lineup focuses on a wide range of topics from around the globe such as:
Underplayed Stacey Lee, Canada; The Boy from Medellín Matthew Heineman, USA; The Truffle Hunters Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw, Italy/USA/Greece;
The Water Man David Oyelowo, USA; Wolfwalkers Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Ireland/Luxembourg/France; Planet Africa 25; 40 Years A Prisoner Tommy Oliver, USA; The Way I See It Dawn Porter, USA; Planet Africa 25: Origin Stories, Planet Africa 25: and The Return of the Planet Africa Party.
“Planet Africa stands as one of the proudest moments in my career,” said Bailey. “Twenty-five years ago, I joined with colleagues and friends to launch a Festival platform for films from all over the African diaspora. We brought filmmaking legends together with new talent. We hosted a Planet Africa party that got both Hollywood stars and everyday Black people on the dance floor. We made our dreams for Black creativity real. I hope celebrating that work now can help inspire the next generation.”
Short Cuts TIFF is delighted to announce the 36 short films as part of Short Cuts.
In addition to a wide range of genres, the Festival’s short-film selection also encompasses a variety of perspectives, voices, and emerging and established talents from Canada and all over the world.
4 North A Jordan Canning, Howie Shia | Canada
Aniksha Vincent Toi | Canada
The Archivists Igor Drljača | Canada
As Spring Comes (Comme la neige au printemps) Marie-Ève Juste | Canada
Benjamin, Benny, Ben Paul Shkordoff | Canada
Black Bodies Kelly Fyffe-Marshall | Canada
David Zach Woods | USA
Drought Remi Itani | Lebanon
Dustin Naïla Guiguet | France
Every Day’s Like This Lev Lewis | Canada
Found Me David Findlay | Canada
The Game (Das Spiel) Roman Hodel | Switzerland
History of Civilization (История Цивилизации) Zhannat Alshanova | Kazakhstan
In Sudden Darkness Tayler Montague | USA
Loose Fish Francisco Canton, Pato Martinez | Morocco/USA/Argentina
Marlon Brando Vincent Tilanus | Netherlands
Mountain Cat (Shiluus) Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir | Mongolia/United Kingdom
Navozande, the musician Reza Riahi | France
O Black Hole! Renee Zhan | United Kingdom
Our Hearts Beat Like War (Zchuhit Bayam) Elinor Nechemya | Israel
Pilar Yngwie Boley, Diana van Houten, J.J. Epping | Netherlands/Belgium
Point and Line to Plane Sofia Bohdanowicz | Canada/USA/Iceland/Russia
The Price of Cheap Rent Amina Sutton, Maya Tanaka | USA
RKLSS Tank Standing Buffalo | Canada
Rules for Werewolves Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux | Canada/USA
Scars Alex Anna | Canada/France
Sër Bi (Les Tissus Blancs) Moly Kane | France/Senegal
Shooting Star (Comme une comète) Ariane Louis-Seize | Canada
Sing Me a Lullaby Tiffany Hsiung | Canada
Sinking Ship (La Naufrage) Sasha Leigh Henry | Canada
Stephanie Leonardo van Dijl | Belgium
Still Processing Sophy Romvari | Canada
Strong Son Ian Bawa | Canada Succor Hannah Cheesman | Canada
Tie (Elo) Alexandra Ramires | Portugal/France
The Water Walker James Burns | United States
TIFF will celebrate exceptional filmmaking with the following awards:
PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD; IMDbPro AWARDS; and AMPLIFY VOICES AWARDS PRESENTED BY CANADA GOOSE
The 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10–19, 2020.
As previously announced, tickets are available for the TIFF Member pre-sale starting August 28. Public tickets are on sale September 5, and additional ticket information is available at tiff.net.
Continuing to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe execution of the Festival, TIFF's number-one priority is the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community. The Announcement of the final honouree will be made in the coming weeks.
An international leader in film culture, and a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)