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Toronto, Aug 13 (Canadian-Media): TIFF and Bell Media unveiled Aug 12 that 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards, would be broadcast on television, Sept 15 at 8pm ET/PT on CTV and everywhere CTV content can be found, during the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), TIFF reports said.
Produced by Bell Media Studios, the first-ever one-hour broadcast featuring special messages from the honourees will be streamed to a global audience by Variety.
The TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony is an annual fundraiser to support both TIFF’s year-round programming and the organization’s core mission to transform the way people see the world through film, honouring the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.
“In what has been a challenging year for our global filmmaking community, we’re delighted to partner with Bell Media to unite cinemagoers across Canada, and around the world, to share in our love of film and celebrate the industry’s leading talent,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF.
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“Featuring incredible career retrospectives along with appearances by extraordinary talent, we’re thrilled to be working with the TIFF team to create the inaugural broadcast of the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards for viewers in Canada and around the world,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media.
During the announcement, TIFF revealed that Academy Award–winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award; director Chloé Zhao will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award; and Academy Award–nominated filmmaker Mira Nair will be honoured with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media. TIFF previously announced Academy Award–winning actress Kate Winslet will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award.
“Sir Anthony’s brilliant and compelling performance in Florian Zeller’s The Father affirms his position as a true acting legend,” Sir Anthony Hopkins Vicente said.
“Chloé’s work consistently exemplifies her signature flair for authentic, humane, and emotionally intimate storytelling,” Chloé Zhao Vicente said.
“Mira’s passion for creating impact through film and storytelling, coupled with her masterful cinematic style, extends far beyond the screen; and resonates through her deep commitment for talent development in the US, East Africa, and India," Mira Nair Vicente said.
Last year the inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala celebrated the remarkable talents and contributions of Meryl Streep, Taika Waititi, Mati Diop, and Joaquin Phoenix, among others.
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.
Additional honourees for 2020 will be announced in the coming weeks.
The 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards is produced by Bell Media Studios in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival. Emmanuel Groneveldt is Director of Entertainment Production, Bell Media Studios and Executive Producer. Chris Perez is Executive Producer, Bell Media Studios. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Studios and President, Pinewood Toronto Studios. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media.
TIFF is the cornerstone of a $2-billion-a-year film industry in Toronto, generates more than $200 million in annual economic activity for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, and is the chief market to launch Canadian film content into the global marketplace.
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.
Generating an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD, the organization's TIFF Bell Lightbox is 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.
TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto. TIFF gratefully acknowledges Visa as its Presenting Partner of the Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView. TIFF gratefully acknowledges RBC as its Presenting Partner of the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)