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Toronto, May 29 (Canadian-Media): Planning by the Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) to have some type of physical festival this year is still in progress, but TIFF executive director and co-head Joana Vicente said that it would definitely be going to look different, media reports said.
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Vicente said Thursday in a live video conference panel for We Are One: A Global Film Festival, in which TIFF artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey was also present, that like many festivals during the COVID-19 pandemic, a digital platform for TIFF is being developed, although planning to have some physical festival is also under consideration.
"It's definitely going to look different," she said. "We're trying to figure out how we can still deliver incredible experiences to our audience, and that's really front and centre."
Among many other participants of We Are One: A Global Film Festival included Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.
Produced and organized by Tribeca Enterprises and YouTube and co-curated by TIFF, We Are One: A Global Film Festival is a free festival starting Friday, May 29, and runs through June 7.
During the 'We Are One' experience, TIFF had an opportunity to learn about content and community, Bailey said.
"Many festivals don't make a priority of owning so-called content...whether those are films we've been involved in or talks...You have to have some great stuff that you can share with people online. That's going to be part of the future of any film organization," said Bailey and added the global crisis has also resulted in solidarity amongst a very strong community of film festivals."
Bailey said that our love of film and what filmmakers and artists do has brought us all together and is a reminder that we would have more opportunities to get together and work collaboratively.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)