Founded in 1976, the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) began as a small “Festival of Festivals”—only 85 films in its second year, 1978—to one of the most influential film festivals in the world. Second only to (and, some say in recent years, surpassed by) the festival in Cannes, TIFF now showcases on average at least 300 films from over 50 countries. This year’s festival features over 300 films from 63 countries. They range from art-house and mumblecore masters to high-profile premieres from industry giants; documentaries, pieces from local Canadian talent, and curated contemporary promises from across six continents also abound. For ten days—September 4th to 14th—Toronto becomes inundated with the world’s most auspicious and audacious film talent. There isn’t a day without some manifestation of on-screen magic.
In addition to hundreds of film screenings, TIFF also welcomes and hosts a variety of conversations, post-screening discussions, and exclusive events with local visionaries and celebrated international stars alike. The new “Festival Street” at King Street West is a transformed pedestrian-only promenade stacked with local artists’ works, an energizing list of Toronto musical talent at the main stage, food trucks, pop-up performances, and a relaxing seating oasis. If you’ve got something different on your mind, or if you want to switch it up, TIFF also curates screenings of past festival classics (you’re sure to know at least one or two) as well as kids’ films and (new to 2014) a not-so-short list of acclaimed short films. Steal out into the city during TIFF and you’re sure to find something to see, do, or listen to! Tickets are on sale on the web at www.tiff.net.
Date04 Sep 2014
CategoryEvents & News
Posted byInterContinental Toronto Yorkville