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Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival
TIFF Bell Lightbox
Reitman Square
350 King Street West
M5V 3X5 Toronto ON
phone +1-416-967 7371
fax +1-416-967 9477

Artistic Director & Co-Head
Cameron Bailey

Executive Director & Co-Head
Joana Vicente

Senior Director, Film
Diana Sanchez

Lead Programmers
Dorota Lech (Discovery), Michael Lerman (Special Presentations), Kiva Reardon (Contemporary World Cinema), Thom Powers (TIFF Docs), Andrea Picard (Wavelengths), Brad Deane (Masters), Peter Kuplowsky (Midnight Madness), Jason Anderson (Short Cuts)

Year of Foundation 1976

Event Date from 10 September 2020 till 19 September 2020

Event Date

in Toronto, Canada

International Competition

Sections Gala Presentations (red carpet premieres of international large scale productions), Masters (latest works from the most influential arthouse filmmakers), Special Presentations (high-profile premieres), Platform (competition program, films with a strong directorial vision), Discovery (premieres of first and second films by young directors), Contemporary World Cinema (interesting new productions as well as award winners at other festivals), Wavelengths (avant-garde films), TIFF Docs (documentary films), Midnight Madness (best of genre cinema), Primetime (TV series), Short Cuts (Short Films), Future Projections, TIFF Cinematheque, Next Wave, Special Events

Category Documentary, Feature, First Feature, Short

Terms of Entry films completed after 1 July 2019, no prior screening in Canada, world, international or North American premieres preferred, Wavelengths also 16mm/35mm/HDCAM, short films up to 49 min., feature films 50 min. and longer

Genre Documentary Films, Drama, Children & Youth, Animation, Action, Comedy, Experimental, Family, Short Films

Subtitles English subtitles necessary

Format DCP

Registration Deadline Early: 3 April 2020
Regular Entry: 29 May 2020
Late Entry: 12 June 2020
Wavelengths: 29 May 2020

Fees Regular Deadline: International Features: CAN$135, International Shorts: CAN$95, Wavelengths Features: CAN$70, Wavelengths Shorts: CAN$35

Attendance Figures 376,000

Participants of the Film Industry scouts of American distributors and the big Hollywood agencies, correspondents of other festivals, over 400 filmmakers, actors, industry insiders, and special guests, approx. 4,000 industry delegates

Prizes/Awards People's Choice Award (CAN$15,000)
People's Choice Award - Documentary
People's Choice Award - Midnight Madness
Toronto Platform Award (CAN$20,000)
FIPRESCI Prizes (Special Presentations & Discovery)
IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film (CAN$10.000)
IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film (CAN$10.000)
City of Toronto Award for best Canadian First Feature Film (CAN$15.000)
Canada Goose ® Award for best Canadian Feature Film (CAN$30.000)

German Films


NOTTURNO by Gianfranco Rosi (IT/FR/DE, No Nation Films, Mizzi Stock Entertainment)
GAZA MON AMOUR by Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser (PS/FR/DE/PT/QA, Riva Film)
Contemporary World Cinema
BANDAR BAND by Manijeh Hekmat (IR/DE, KapFilme)
QUO VADIS, AÏDA by Jasmila Žbanić (BA/AT/RO/NL/DE/PL/FR/NO, Razor Film Produktion)

LIFT LIKE A GIRL by Mayye Zayed (EG/DE/DK, JYOTI Film)

Number of Films Shown 2019: 245 feature films, 82 short films and 6 series from 84 countries

Media Coverage top press reporting in international specialist publications as well as in international print media; especially great attention within the American media landscape, approx. 1,200 accredited local, national and international media delegates

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Non-Competitive Feature Film Festival.

Evaluation Renowned film critic Roger Ebert went so far as to argue that Toronto is "the second most important film festival in the world, after Cannes". Positioned just before the fall American release schedule, Toronto has cemented its position as the key festival in terms of launching up-scale and independent productions - a direct consequence is that Toronto is regarded as part of the international market for American distributors. Considerable public interest; very professional organization and supervision of guests. Conscious avoidance of competition. The festival is often referred to as a test event for American and European independent productions. Good opportunities for marketing and press campaigns.

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