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Toronto, Aug 29 (Canadian-Media): Additional Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) programming including newly confirmed special Events, talks and Best of TIFF Film Reunions presented by Bell to enhance the audience experience for TIFF 2020 had been announced Aug 27 by Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente, TIFF reports said.
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“TIFF is often the platform for exciting conversations, new talent, and new voices,” stated Bailey and Vicente. “In the midst of a global health crisis, it is clear that stories do not stop. We are happy to be able to share these screenings and special events with audiences.”
This year’s Special Events lineup focuses on a wide range of topics from around the globe to cater to the needs of the diversity of TIFF’s audiences and the breadth of their interests. Advocacy is front and centre in 2020.
Two new films, The Water Walker James Burns, and I Am Greta Nathan Grossman, about activism, passion, and commitment to change would be presented by TIFF during this year's global climate crisis.
Produced in United States, The Water Walker, directed by James Burns is is a short film that documents the tale of a 15 years old, Autumn Peltier, who becomes a powerful advocate for clean drinking water in Indigenous communities around the world, and Peltier’s powerful journey from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory to New York City as she prepares to speak in front of the United Nations with the hope of preserving the future of Indigenous communities for generations to come.
The film 'I Am Greta', directed by Nathan Grossman', and produced in Sweden, Nathan Grossman documents 15-year-old student Greta Thunberg's meteoric one-year rise from high-school climate strike organizer to inspiration for a global movement.
In August 2018 Thunberg picketed Swedish parliament calling for action on the climate crisis, eventually inspiring student strikes at schools in communities around the world.
Both screenings are accessible on the Festival’s online film platform, Bell Digital Cinema. The Water Walker will be made FREE to Canadian audiences. Both films are part of TIFF’s Official Selection.
Join us for a special live conversation with bestselling author Naomi Klein and Anishinaabe water activist Autumn Peltier as they discuss climate activism and its impact on future generations. This special talk will be made FREE to international audiences with the date announced closer to the start of the Festival.
As previously announced, Planet Africa, created in 1995 by Cameron Bailey, was a Festival programme dedicated to cinema from Africa and the African diaspora. The filmmakers’ panel Planet Africa 25: Black Film Now, happening on September 16 at 3pm EDT, has been added to the Planet Africa 25 banner. Moderated by Bailey, the discussion will feature directors Charles Officer (Akilla’s Escape), Dieudo Hamadi (Downstream to Kinshasa), Tommy Oliver (40 Years A Prisoner), and Dawn Porter (The Way I See It).
This panel discussion will be available for FREE by pre-registration to international audiences on the Festival’s online talks platform, Bell Digital Talks.
Marking the Festival’s 45th anniversary, TIFF journeys down memory lane reuniting creators and collaborators from now-classic films that have screened at past editions of the Festival, and at TIFF Bell Lightbox year-round. To kick off the Best of TIFF Reunions presented by Bell series and gear up for the Festival, audiences are invited to join a Twitter watch party of Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird on September 8 at 7:30pm EDT with special appearances from surprise guests.
The Best of TIFF Reunions presented by Bell for 2020 are as follows: A 20th-anniversary commemoration of Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream featuring a moderated discussion between Aronofsky and star Ellen Burstyn, director of photography Matthew Libatique, composer Clint Mansell, and production designer James Chinlund will happen on September 13 at 3:30pm EDT. Stanley Kubrick’s critically acclaimed Full Metal Jacket will be marked by a special drive-in screening of the film in 4K resolution with high dynamic range (HDR) for the first time at the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place. The screening will be complemented by a pre-recorded panel featuring stars Vincent D’Onofrio and Arliss Howard, casting director and dialogue coach Leon Vitali, and Stanley Kubrick’s daughter Katharina Kubrick, on September 18 at 8:45pm EDT. Additionally, a celebratory look back at the legacy of Claudia Weill’s Girlfriends (1978) — the first-ever TIFF People’s Choice Award winner — with Weill and star Melanie Mayron will happen on September 11 at 1pm EDT.
The Best of TIFF Reunions presented by Bell are FREE to international audiences on Bell Digital Cinema on the Best of TIFF Reunions shelf, and will be simulcast on TIFF’s Twitter and YouTube channels. See tiff.net for additional information. Canadians tuning in at home can watch Lady Bird, Full Metal Jacket, and Requiem for a Dream on Bell Media’s Crave.
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)