Top 10 Movie Grosses vs. Film Budget for Independent & Major Studio Releases 2014 compiled a report of the top ten indie film and major Hollywood studio movie grosses vs. the film budget for each listed movie released in 2014. While the film budget is not a direct correlation to the success of a movie it does provide an indicator of what the marketplace is responding to as compared to the relevant budget number.

Gross revenue figures are for domestic U.S. theatrical box office data which are current as of the date of this writing.  By using up-to-date figures the date of release is removed as a variable in the reporting of domestic theatrical revenue totals.

To create a breakdown of cost vs. revenue we looked at the widely reported expense of making the film production. P&A Marketing and release expenses are not included in the budget information provided.

Independent Film Release 2014 – Film Budget vs. U.S. Box Office Gross To Date

Indie Film Title                              Film Budget                   U.S Box Office Gross

The Grand Budapest Hotel              $31 million                            $59 million

St. Vincent                                       $13 million                            $43 million

Chef                                                 not available                         $31 million

Boyhood                                          $  4 million                            $24 million

Birdman                                           $22 million                            $24 million

The Theory of Everything                 $15 million                            $23 million

The Imitation Game                         $15 million                            $20 million

Wild                                                $38 million                            $38 million

A Most Wanted Man                       $15 million                            $17 million

Begin Again                                    $ 8 million                             $16 million


Major Hollywood Studio Release 2014 Movie Budget vs. Box Office Gross To Date

Movie Title                                                       Movie Budget     U.S. Box Office Gross

Guardians of the Galaxy                                       $170M                 $330M

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay – Part 1           $125M                 $337M

Captain America: The Winter Soldier                   $170M                 $260M

The Lego Movie                                                  $  60M                 $258M

Transformers: Age of Extinction                          $210M                 $245M

Maleficent                                                           $180M                 $241M

X-Men: Days of Future Past                                $200M                 $234M

The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies                  $250M                 $255M

Big Hero 6                                                          $165M                 $222M

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes                          $170M                 $209M


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2015 Cannes Film Festival

Considered the major film festival of the year, Cannes offers not only a solid preview of the year to come but a celebration of film itself. For many directors, actors, and other movie players, Cannes is the major milestone of their careers. Further, the festival is the perfect stage for movies made with a film budget big or small to leave its mark.

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When: 13 to 24 May, 2015

Where: Cannes, France

Tickets: Sorry, but the festival is reserved for film industry professionals. If you are a professional, you’re going to need accreditation before you can gain access to the “Palais des Festivals”. Not an industry professional but still want in on the fun? Movie lovers can enjoy open-air screenings of Out of Competition films as well as classics from Cannes’ illustrious history.

How to Submit a Film: Though this year’s door has closed (movies had to be submitted by March 10th) it’s still good to be prepared for next year. Check out this comprehensive guide to submitting your film to Cannes film fest.

Venues: A list of screenings along with their venues will be released on the official site for download a week before the festival.


Though most films are purely speculative at the moment, a small number have announced their presence at Cannes 2015. Here are a few films most likely being screened at the festival.

Mad Max: Fury Road | Directed by George Miller

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Legendary director/writer George Miller returns to his hugely popular Mad Max series with its latest installment titled “Mad Max: Fury Road”.  Though the trailer promises much of what made the original films so popular (elaborate car chases, eccentric costumes, and plenty of explosions), the most obvious difference is Tom Hardy playing Max Rockatansky. The movie will premiere outside of competition on May 14th.  The project was made with a movie budget of $100M (estimate).

Irrational Man | Directed by Woody Allen

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Cannes is familiar grounds for the legendary director, who’s to screen his 45th feature, “Irrational Man”, at this year’s festival. The film, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone, will be released by Sony Picture Classics in the US on July 24th. Woody Allen’s previous movie, “Magic in the Moonlight”, was made with a film budget of $16.8M and earned $32.3M at the box office.

Carol | Directed by Todd Haynes

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Director Todd Haynes is no stranger to the period piece with such classics as 2007’s “I’m Not There” and 2002’s “Far From Heaven”. Todd visits the past yet again with his latest feature starring Cate Blanchett and Kyle Chandler. The movie, set in 1950s New York, tells the story of a department-store clerk falling for an older woman. According the project’s IMDB page, most of the movie was filmed in Ohio.

The Sea of Trees | Directed by Gus Van Sant

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Highly acclaimed director Gus Van Sant will be screening his newest film “The Sea of Trees” at this year’s festival. The movie, written by Chris Sparling, is described on its IMDB page as: “A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.” The movie stars Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts.

A Tale of Love and Darkness | Directed by Natalie Portman


According to The Wrap, Natalie Portman joins seven other filmmakers making their directorial debuts at Cannes. The film, “A Tale of Love and Darkness”, is based on the memoirs of journalist Amos Oz and was adapted into a screenplay by Portman.

From the

Main Competition:
“Carol,” Todd Haynes
“Dheepan” (temporary title), Jacques Audiard
“La Loi Du Marche” (“A Simple Man”), Stephane Brize
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos
“Louder Than Bombs,” Joachim Trier
“MacBeth,” Justin Kurzel
“Marguerite et Julien” (“Margeurite and Julien”), Valerie Donzelli
“Mia Madre,” Nanni Moretti
“Mon Roi,” Maiwenn
“Nie Yinniang” (“The Assassin”), Hou Hsiao-hsien
“Il Racconti dei Tacconi” (“The Tale of Tales”), Matteo Garrone
“Saul Fia” (“Son of Saul”), Laszlo Nemes
“The Sea of Trees,” Gus Van Sant
“Shan He Gu Ren” (“Mountains May Depart”), Jia Zhang-Ke
“Sicaro,” Denis Villeneuve
“Unimachi Diary” (“Our Little Sister”), Hirokazu Kore-Eda
“Youth,” Paolo Sorrentino

Women in Motion: General delegate Thierry Fremaux and French luxury brad Kering have joined forces to give all the amazing women in film, both past and present, their due. Variety describes the event as, “conceived by Kering to highlight women’s achievements in film, Women in Motion will host a series of talks with high-profile talent and execs, as well as hand out two awards during the upcoming 68th Cannes film festival, which will mark Pierre Lescure’s inaugural year as president.”

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As the winners and nominees enjoy some well deserved celebrations, it’s time we all look back on what makes these men and women such great filmmakers. In a video posted by the Producers Guild of America, directors Clint Eastwood, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Richard Linklater sat down to discuss the relationship between directors and producers.

Clint Eastwood kicked the discussion off by stating the ambiguities that come with the title “producer,” and realizing that a producer is ultimately a businessperson who allows the director to work creatively and unencumbered.  Recalling his past, the legendary director of “American Sniper” tells the story of his first project, made with a movie budget of only $750,000, and how he had to come to terms with its constraints.

All three directors seemed to agree on the importance of choosing a producer with whom they can maintain a healthy working relationship. As Linklater puts it, “finishing each other’s sentences.” What it seems to come down to is the director’s ability to know which hat (screenwriter, director, producer) to wear and when to wear it, and the ability of the producer to make that possible.

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FBwhite_180x180Berlinale – 65th Berlin International Film Festival

According to the official site of the Berlin Film Festival, 2014 saw a total of 325,262 tickets sold and 491,316 theater visits. That should help explain why Berlin is considered one of the most important film festivals of the year.


Is Berlin international? You bet. Last year, 80 different countries were represented at the film festival. For this reason, Berlin leads the charge when if comes to deal making; a fact highlighted by the European Film Market (EFM).

When: Februrary 5-15, 2015

Where: Berlin, Germany

Tickets: According to the site, the festival programme will be published the 27th of January, just days before advance ticket sales start (Feb. 2nd).  Festival goers will be able to purchase tickets directly at the box offices or booked online (the number that can be allocated is limited). Ticket prices range from € 4.00 to € 85.00 (this is for the Culinary Cinema package, which includes dinner and a talk).

Venues: 30 different venues will be participating in the festival, including Arsenal Cinema and Berlinale Palast (pictured below).

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Competition Section Lineup

Queen of the Desert | Directed by Werner Herzog

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Herzog’s “Queen of the Desert” is a biographical drama on the life of traveler Gertrude Bell.  The film, made with a movie budget of $36M, stars Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Robert Pattinson.

Taxi | Directed by Jafar Panahi

According to, “Panahi was arrested in his native Iran in 2009, and subsequently banned from making films for 20 years.” That being said, “Taxi” is a highly anticipated film from the director who caught the attention of the international market with 1995’s “The White Balloon”.


Mr. Holmes | Directed by Bill Condon

Ian Mckellen plays the iconic Sherlock Holmes in director Bill Condon’s “Mr. Holmes”.  The American born director, known for “The Twilight Saga” and “Dreamgirls”, knows how to turn a big budget into even larger profits. For instance, “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” was made with a movie budget of $120M and went on to gross over $292M in the US.


 Watch: “Sir Ian McKellen on Sherlock Holmes” from the Museum of London.

Berlinale Special Program

Woman in Gold | Directed by Simon Curtis

“Woman in Gold”, set to release in April, 2015, tells the story of a Jewish refugee fighting for artwork “she believes rightfully belongs to her family.” It stars Ryan Reynolds and Katie Holmes.


Life | Directed by Anton Corbijn

This drama starring Robert Pattinson is simply described as, “a photographer for Life Magazine is assigned to shoot pictures of James Dean.” The movie was written by Luke Davies.


European Film Market (EFM)

The EFM has some high expectations this year. In an article on Cineruopa, the new director of the market,  Matthijs Wouter Knol, is quoted as saying,

“With our programme, we want to expand the EFM into new business fields, develop the synergies between the festival and the EFM, and sustain the EFM’s position as one of the most important film markets worldwide”

In hopes of bringing entrepreneurs from other industries in contact with the film and entertainment world, the EFM will host ten creative startups at the event in order to spark networking and collaboration.

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Frenzied consumers aren’t the only ones looking for a good deal this December, as Chinese conglomerates turn to Hollywood for the best holiday shopping. With a red hot market on the line, Tinseltown is more than happy to receive capital from Chinese investors.

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In a recent article featured on China Daily titled, Hollywood Could be Saying Hooray For More Chinese Capital producer Jack Binder, president of Film Budget Inc., had this to say about Chinese investments in Hollywood:

“Amid the huge risks and rising costs of production, distribution and marketing, Chinese capital ‘is providing and will continue to provide much needed operating financing to the US film business’, said Jack Binder, founder of Film Budget Inc, a Los Angeles-based consultancy that helps moviemakers plan their budgets.”

Whether you’re making a Hollywood blockbuster with a movie budget in the hundreds of millions or a shoestring indie flick, the American box office seems to have reached its peak. With that in mind, Chinese box offices have been growing exponentially. To illustrate, the Chinese movie industry is “expected to reach $6 billion in 2014, according to EntGroup, a Beijing-based entertainment consultancy.”

A Winning Formula for Transformers

It seems Paramount’s “Transformers” understands the potential of China’s mega market, going as far as to have the premiere there. So, why does the franchise love China so much? Because China loves “Transformers”. According to Pras Subramanian in an article on titled Why China, not the U.S., is the audience Hollywood Wants, “Transformers has pulled in over $300 million from China alone, whereas box office receipts in the U.S. are around $241 million for a movie that just crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales.”

Considering “Transformers 4” was made with a movie budget of $285 million, China’s sales alone make the film profitable.

Largest Chinese-Language Movie Ever To Be Filmed in L.A.

As Hollywood’s grasp on the American film industry starts to loosen, foreign productions are more than welcome in Southern California. That’s why many see the filming of the biggest Chinese-Language movie on Hollywood soil, titled “Hollywood Adventures”, as a step in the right direction.  Made with a movie budget of$30 million, “Hollywood Adventures” brings some much needed capital to the area. In a recent publication on the L.A. Times website titled Chinese movie ‘Hollywood Adventures’ is being filmed in L.A., Lindsay Conner of Phelps & Phillips believes the movie:

“reflects a growing trend toward Hollywood and China continuing to find ways to work together, whether it’s exploring themes that are relevant to both sides, or using locations or crews that are valuable to both.”

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AFM: It’s All About Content

From the Hollywood epic with a movie budget in the millions to the  indie comedy made on a shoestring film budget, one thing was certain: content was king at the 2014 American Film Market. Don’t believe us? Here’s what producer Brett Ratner had to say at one of the festival’s many conferences,

“I’m absolutely convinced that content drives everything,”

Does this signal a shift in the dynamics of the movie industry? Is star power no longer the driving force behind ticket sales? Only time will tell, but a quick look into the happenings at Santa Monica’s premier movie market may hold some clues.


The King of the Santa Monica Pier

Throughout the festival much hype was given to “Elvis and Nixon”, a period piece set in 1970 highlighting the king of rock ‘n’ roll’s meeting with the president of the United States. Not much is known about the film, other than that Michael Shannon is set to play Elvis and Kevin Spacy will try his best at “not being a crook” as Nixon.


Oliver Stone’s Latest Biopic

As you may know, Oliver Stone is no stranger to controversial topics. His latest project, which according to IMDB is titled “The Snowden Files“, will tell the story of Edward Snowden. The project sought international sales at the Film Market, leveraging its star power of Joesph Gordon-Levitt in the lead role to attract buyers. Oliver’s last feature, “Savages”, was made with a movie budget of $45 million.

The Hateful Eight

Distributors at the AFM were anything but hateful when it came to legendary director Quentin Tarantino’s newest production starring Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum, and many other a-list regulars. Though the film sports an all star cast, Tarantino made it clear that he was keeping it thoroughly indie by only allowing independent distributors to bid on his movie. According to Scott Roxborough of The Hollywood Reporter,

“It likely helps that Hateful Eight, with a reported budget of $44 million, is substantially cheaper than either Django or Basterds, making it easier for indies to get onboard.”


Tarantino’s last movie, “Django Unchained”, was made with a movie budget of $100 million.

Scott Waugh’s “Inversion”

Waugh’s sci-fi thriller, written by Bragi Schut and David Arata, did well at the film market, selling to areas such as Spain, Australia, and Asia. In addition to the strong international success, producer Michael Nozik had some promising words about the film’s originality:

“The market’s response has been so strong, it confirms this film is an original and incredibly fresh story that asks, what if gravity, the most taken for granted and least understood part of nature, betrayed us.” (Source: The Hollywood Reporter)

“The Commune” Strikes Many Deals With Europe

Thomas Vinterberg’s latest movie performed incredibly well at the AFM. According to Variety’s article AFM Buyers Turn Up For Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘The Commune’, the project found buyers in the U.K., Greece, Germany, Austria, Poland, Brazil, Former Yugoslavia, and Hungary. The article sums up the director’s reuptation for quality with this quote from Rikke Enis,

“The massive interest from distributors worldwide has been overwhelming and yet again underlines that Thomas Vinterberg is one of the most acclaimed directors of our time”

After another incredible year of deals and conferences, the 2014 AFM once again proved it’s an integral part of the film industry.

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With over 400 distributors, 1,000 production companies, and 8,000 industry professionals, It’s no surprise the American Film Market is the place to be come November. What makes this event so special? Unlike the numerous film festivals throughout the year, the AFM’s sole purpose is to offer seven days of world-class networking opportunities. For instance, last year’s festival saw over $800 million dollars worth of industry deals waiting to be made. Still need convincing? The AFM takes place  in beautiful Santa Monica, CA.


When: November 5th – 12th

Where: Santa Monica, CA (Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel & all 21 screens on Santa Monica Promenade)

Christopher Woodrow’s Latest Project:

According to an article in The Hollywood Reporter titled “‘Birdman’ Company’s Ousted Chief Aims to Launch New Fund Amid Legal War”, this year’s American Film Market is set to be the launching pad for Woodrow’s newest project. According to its Wikipedia page, “Birdman” was made with a film budget of $18 million.

Market fever

According to Deadline Hollywood, the remake of Eli Roth’s horror classic “Cabin Fever” will begin filming this week in Portland, OR. What does this mean for Cassian Elwes, the film’s executive producer? It means he will be heading to this year’s AFM to handle the film’s domestic sales. According to the film’s wikipedia page, “Cabin Fever” was made with a movie budget of $1.5 million. Word on the remake’s budget hasn’t been released.


Online Registration: According to the official AFM website, passes fall within six different prices. On the low-end of the spectrum you have the Day Pass, which will cost you $275. On the high-end you can opt to pay $1,495 for the platinum “all-access” pass. According to the chart, the Executive Pass is the best value at $1,095. Make sure you head to the website in the next week, as the online registration window closes November 2nd.

On-site Registration: Starting November 4th, on-site registration will be available for all packages, though they will cost you on average $50 more than the online registration.

Reminder: “October 29th is the deadline to submit badge photos in advance. After this date photos must be taken on-site    Materials to be received at off-site warehouse to guarantee delivery to AFM offices prior to check-in.”

Information for Buyers: Buyer accreditation has closed. Click here for more information.

Conference Series:

Another aspect of the AFM that makes it so special is its incredible conference series. Whether you’re an industry professional or not, you’ll want to attend at least one of these insightful events. Below are just a few of the ten separate sessions:

Finance Conference – Come listen to P. John Burke moderate a discussion on “the state of independent film financing, emerging trends, where the money is and what the future holds.” The session takes place on Friday, November 7th.

Marketing Conference – In the second session of the Monday, November 10th conference, Gary Foster will moderate a discussion on the role publicists play in the success of a film.

AFM Campus:

For a great, interactive map of the AFM campus click the image below.


AFM Exhibitor List: From Ablaze Image Ltd. to Zone Entertainment Group, you can find all the 2014 exhibitors here.

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BFI London Film Festival 2014

What better way to start October than with an exciting film festival in the international city of London? With 248 films spanning twelve days, there will certainly be a film for everyone. From projects made with an indie film budget to Hollywood blockbusters made with large movie budgets, the BFI is set to be one to remember.

BFI-London-Film-FestivalWhen: Octeber 8th – 19th, 2014

Where: London, England

Opening Night Gala:

The Imitation Game | Directed by Morten Tyldum


The festival kicks off its opening night gala with this period piece drama about mathematician Alan Turing. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Cumberbatch already is getting Oscar buzz for his role as Alan Turing, the British mathematician who helped break the German Enigma Code in World War II and was then prosecuted for being gay.”

Closing Night Gala

Fury | Directed by David Ayer


Fury, starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf, tells the story of a Sherman tank “on a deadly mission” during the last months of WWII.  Fury was made with a movie budget of around $80 million, according to

Other Galas

The London film festival is spoiled with many excellent galas sponsored by its partners. Here are just a few to look forward to.

Virgin Atlantic Gala

Men, Women & Children | Directed by Jason Reitman


From the director that brought you such classics as Juno and Up in the Air, comes another, as the BFI London Film Festival brochure puts it, “smart, funny and very poignant film.” Men, Women & Children stars Adam Sandler and Jennifer Garner.

Official Competition

Dearest | Directed by Peter Chan

This foreign language drama tells the story of a child abduction and a mother’s journey to get her son back.


The Keeping Room | Directed by Daniel Barber

The official BFI London Film Festival site describes The Keeping Room as: “On the American frontier a young woman is forced to go to any means to defend her kin from the ravages of the barbaric outside world.”


Son of a Gun | Directed by Julius Avery

This heist thriller, starring Ewan McGregor, is the feature debut of writer/director Julius Avery.


In addition to these three films, nine other movies will be up for official competition (READ: “12 up-and-coming British directors“).


Booking has already opened for both members and the public (as of September 18th). There are three ways to book tickets: Online (you’ll need to create an account), by telephone (9:30 AM – 8:30 PM daily), or in person at the ticket counter at BFI Southbank. Keep in mind there are some terms to ticket purchases. For instance, there will be a maximum of two tickets per film per customer.

Surprise Film

As speculation grows in the world of social media, the London film festival’s surprise film has already sold out. Screening Oct. 15th at the Vue West End Cinema, the surprise movie will follow in the ranks of past films such as Silver Linings Playbook and The Wrestler. What do you think this year’s movie will be?


As any good film festival should, London will host an array of classes, lectures, and screen talks. For example, on Octover 12th, John Stewart of the Daily Show and political journalist Maziar Bahari will host a “debate talk” about the role of journalism in the context of freedom of speech.

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La Biennale di Venezia – 71st Annual Venice International Film Festival

The 71st annual Venice film festival is officially underway. As the oldest major festival still running, Venice promises to deliver a diverse series of films. From Hollywood features made with large movie budgets to foreign films made with independent film budgets, festival goers are set to enjoy an impressive lineup.


When: 27th August > 6th September 2014

Where: Venice, Italy (Palazzo del Cinema, Sala Darsena, Palazzo del Casino, PalaBiennale, Hotel Excelsior, Movie Village, Piazzale del Casino, Terrazza Mediterranea, Bar Al Leone D’Oro, Piccole Procuratie)

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The ten locations listed above include the four screening theaters, which range in size from 149 seats (Sala Casino) to 1,768 seats (PalaBiennale). Industry meetings – for professionals only – will take place at Casino and the Excelsior.

Whether you’re arriving by plane, train, boat or car, the official Venice Film Festival site has some suggestions you can find here.

Film Programming

As the official site puts it,

“The aim of the Festival is to raise awareness and promote the various aspects of international cinema in all its forms: as art, entertainment and as an industry, in a spirit of freedom and dialogue. The Festival also organizes retrospectives and tributes to major figures as a contribution towards a better understanding of the history of cinema.”

Here are just a few of the anticipated films being screened at the 71st annual Venice Film Festival.

Birdman | Directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu of Mexico

The festival opener, starring Emma Stone and Edward Norton, has already been met with mixed reviews, sparking concerns that the festival lacks big names and headliners. Xan Brooks of the Guardian said of the movie, “an acid but empty flight of fancy.

birdman-veniceThe President | by Mohsen Makhmalbaf of Iran

“The President” opened the Orizzonti – “An international competition dedicated to films that represent the latest aesthetic and expressive trends in international cinema” – section of the festival. Jay Weissberg of Variety described the film as “didactic.


The Humbling | Directed by Barry Levinson

“The Humbling,” starring Al Pacino and Kyra Sedgwick, is an adaptaion of Phillip Roth’s 2009 novel of the same name. The film was shot with a movie budget of around one million dollars.


Pasolini | Written & Directed by Abel Ferrara

This drama, starring Willem Dafoe and Maria de Medeiros, tells the story of legendary director Pier Paolo Pasolini.


Check out this list from the BBC – Venice Film Festival: The Ten Best Films to See

Tickets: Tickets are available online and at the box office. Prices vary, ranging from eight euros (Sala Darsena) to forty five euros (7:30 pm Stalls and Gallery at Sala Grande).

Juries: Awards will be decided by four international panels. These panels include: Venezia 71 consisting of nine judges (Tim Roth, Alexandre Desplat); Orizzonti consisting of seven judges (Ann Hui, David Chase); Opera Prima consisting of five judges (Alice Rohrwacher, Ron Mann); VENEZIA CLASSICI chosen by Giuliano Montaldo.

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This is Your Festival: Toronto International Film Festival 2014

Last fall saw an abundance of great movies, starting awards talk early. That being said, it’s no surprise that the Toronto Film Festival (Read last year’s breakdown: Tiff. 2013) was seen as the start to all the fall movie madness. The festival’s prestige comes from its ability to draw the most talented filmmakers in the world. From projects with large movie budgets to small indie films, tiff. has something for everyone. As Variety put it,

“In what has become a launching pad for awards contenders and starry releases, the Toronto Film Festival, which last year screened Oscar winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” will also welcome directorial efforts from “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and “Captain America,” himself, Chris Evans.”

When: Sept. 4-14th

Where: Toronto, Ontario. The festival takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox right in the city’s entertainment district, occupying an entire block at “Reitman Square on the north-west corner of King and John Streets (350 King Street West).

tiff-belllightboxParking is available at the Lightbox, or you can go green and ride your bike (Toronto has a lot of bike racks).

Film Programming:

Toronto always brings the noise when it comes to amazing Galas and special presentations. This year, festival goers will be able to experience over twenty unique film industry programmes. The most glamorous and exciting being the Gala presentations, which offer, as the site puts it, “Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” Here are a few to look forward to:

Black and White | Written and Directed by Mike Binder | USA

“An attorney (Kevin Costner) struggling to raise his biracial granddaughter after the deaths of his wife and daughter becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the child’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer).” The Gala is sponsored by AMC.

Kevin-Costner-Black-White-Films+New+Orleans+DwpUXG3vNFalThe Equalizer | Antoine Fuqua | USA

“An ex-CIA agent (Denzel Washington) uses his lethal skills to protect an imperilled young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) from the Russian mob, in this hard-edged big-screen adaptation of the cult ’80s TV show from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).” The film, made with a movie budget of $50 million, will be enjoying its world premiere.


Boychoir | François Girard | USA


Drama about a 12-year-old boy’s struggle to make the most of his extraordinary musical gifts at a prestigious music school. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates.

Infinitely Polar Bears | Maya Forbes | USA

Imogene Wolodarsky, Zoe Saldana, Maya Forbes, Mark Ruffalo, Ashley Aufderheide

Family drama set in the late ’70s about a father trying to win his wife back. Starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoey Saldan.

Opening Night:

The spot remains open, as the festival has many excellent options to choose from. For instance, Bill Pohland’s “Love & Mercy,” a Brian Wilson biopic starring Paul Dano & John Cusack, and Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” starring Richard Gere, remain viable options. That’s not to rule out Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” made with a film budget of $15,000,000 and starring Ben Stiller (Read: Paul Murphy Scoring “While We’re Young”).

Family, Chess, and Much More

Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum star as brothers in Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”; David Dobkin’s courtroom drama, “The Judge,” pairs Robert Downey Jr. as the son of Robert Duvall; and American chess icon Bobby Fisher gets a biopic in Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice,” putting Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber head-to-head in 1972s “Match of the Century.”

foxcatcherThe United Kingdom is well represented with Alan Rickman’s second film in the director’s chair (his first being 1997s “The Winter Guest”). The film, “A Little Chaos,” stars Acadamy Award Winner Kate Winslet as a landscape designer commissioned to construct Louis XIV’s garden at Versailles.

As usual, TIFF will be highlighting excellent films from around the world. As a recent article in Indie Wire puts it, “This year’s TIFF City to City Program highlights works from Seoul, South Korea. The Contemporary World Cinema Program features films from 42 different countries.”

Special Presentations

“Clouds of Sils Maria” directed by Olivier Assayas of France and starring Juliette Binoche; “Gemma Bovery” directed by Anne Fontaine of France and starring Gemma Arterton; “Beyond the Lights” directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood of the USA and starring Danny Glover; “Two Days and One NIght” directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne of Belgium/France and starring Marion Cotillard.

Can’t wait until September to get a taste of these great movies? Check out tiff’s movie trailer page!

Tickets: Festival Box Office OPENS AUGUST 31st. They will be available at 225 King Street West Metro Centre as well as online.

Similar to previous years, ticket packages come in four categories all offering various quantities. Regular Flex Packs span from 10 tickets to 100 tickets in increments of ten. The prices span from $200 to $1,808. The Premium Flex Pack comes in either a 6 ticket option ($373) or a 12 ticket option ($746). The Back-Half Pack also comes in either a 6 tickets ($74) or 12 tickets ($148) option. Finally, the Daytime Pack comes in a 20 tickets option ($226) and a 40 tickets option ($452).

TIFF-Bell-Lightbox-Cinema-1-photo-by-George-Pimentel-WireImage-for-TIFFTIFF choice options are divided between focused and variety. For instance, the Midnight Madness package is considered “focused” and will cost $180. The Daytime Sampler package is listed under “variety” and will cost you $96. If you’re really looking for a special tiff experience, perhaps the $1,500 Buzz List option is the one for you.

Single tickets are also offered, ranging from $24 for a screening and $46 for a premium “red carpet premiere” ticket.

Industry Conferences: Industry registration is now open! In addition to registering, applications for the Talent Lab, Telefilm Canada, PITCH THIS!, and TIFF Rising Stars are now being accepted.

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