Toronto, Aug 8 (Canadian-Media): It was announced on Aug 6 by Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) that Taika Waititi, Academy Award–nominated New Zealand filmmaker, will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award at this year’s new TIFF Tribute Gala awards event, TIFF reports said.
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The award ceremony would take place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the TIFF 2019, running Sept 5–15, 2019, to recognize and honour Taika Waititi's outstanding contribution to cinema.
With its core mission to transform the way people see the world through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors, the Gala is an annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programmes.
“Taika Waititi is one of the most innovative, bold, and exciting filmmakers working in the industry right now,” said Vicente. “TIFF is thrilled to honour his extraordinary talent with the inaugural TIFF Ebert Director Award.”
“Taika Waititi is the rock star cinema needs right now,” said Bailey. “His films are full of razor-sharp humour, faultless style, and boundless generosity. Somehow he manages to stuff both indie hits and massive crowd-pleasers with big, radical ideas. We’re thrilled to be premiering his latest, Jojo Rabbit, at the Festival and to hand over the inaugural TIFF Tribute Award for direction to this 21st-century master.”
Director of film Thor: Ragnarok, which made over $850 million at the box office worldwide, Waititi plans to write and direct the upcoming Thor: Love and Thunder.
His films as writer-director also include Boy and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, and he co-wrote, co-directed, and co-starred in What We Do in the Shadows with Jemaine Clement.
Nominated for an Academy Award for his short Two Cars, One Night, Waititi’s upcoming anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit, will have its world premiere at TIFF and will be released by Fox Searchlight on October 18, 2019.
Evolution of the TIFF Ebert Director Award is tributed to Roger Ebert Golden Thumb Award, to celebrate a remarkable filmmaker who reflected renowned film critic Roger Ebert’s passion for cinema.
An international leader in film culture, TIFF is a charitable cultural organization with a mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD.
TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)