The Toronto International Film Festival
In its 36th annual celebration of cinema The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) returns with a flourish of celebrity appearances and film premieres. TIFF remains one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world, focusing the motion picture industry on quality movie productions, both those with an indie film budget and high brow studio motion pictures.
When: September 8 – September 18, 2011
Where: Maps and Locations
“Toronto” as it is more commonly referred to in the inner circles of film industry executives, producers, directors, writers and cinema stars has become a critical destination for filmmakers presenting their pictures and likewise promoting new films in development and production. The festival has become more of a film market in a way as it comes right after Labor Day and kicks off the fall film festival and film market season.
Films playing at Toronto are increasingly seen as important films and the festival provides a high profile to its cast, director and production company. Many foreign sales deals are executed with acquisitions at Toronto tending to be a bell-weather of the state of the film production and distribution international economy. Both overseas and domestic rights deals are consistently undertaken at the festival.
Talent planning on attending this year include: George Clooney, U2, Brad Pitt, Salma Hayek, James Franco, Werner Herzog and Adrian Brody amonst others. Following the addition of seven world premiers to its billings the festival will present 336 films, 268 features from 65 countries, a substantial increase from the previous year.
This year portends to be a banner year for TIFF with a stellar line-up of film, eager actors and directors and a seemingly hungry market ready for quality film acquisition. As a North American film festival with an increasingly more European sensibility, TIFF seems to support those filmmakers whom understand the artistry of motion pictures with a more modest film budget and a high quality story with an auteur point of view