Festival Calendar

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

Cameron Bailey

Director of Festival Programming
Robyn Citizen

International Programmers
Jane Schoettle (Special Presentations), Diana Cadavid, Giovanna Fulvi, Nataleah Hunter-Young, Peter Kuplowsky (Midnight Madness), Dorota Lech, Thom Powers (TIFF Docs), Geoff Macnaughton (Primetime), Jason Anderson (Short Cuts)

Year of Foundation 1976

Event Date from 08 September 2022 till 18 September 2022

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, TIFF Filmmaker Lab (4-day training and networking program)

Category Documentary, Feature, First Feature, Short

Terms of Entry films completed after 28 May 2021, 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: 25 March 2022
Reg. Shorts: 13 May 2022
Reg. Features: 20 May 2022
Wavelengths: on invitation only
TIFF Filmmaker Lab: 23 May 2022

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

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)
Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short Film (CAN$10.000)
Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film (CAN$10.000)
Short Cuts Share Her Journey Award
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


Gala Presentations
BERGMAN ISLAND by Mia Hansen-Løve (FR/BE/DE/SE, Neue Bioskop Film)

Special Presentations
AHED’S KNEE by Nadav Lapid (FR/DE/IL, Komplizen Film)
FRANCE by Bruno Dumont (FR/DE/BE/IT, Red Balloon Film)
I’M YOUR MAN (ICH BIN DEIN MENSCH) by Maria Schrader (Letterbox Filmproduktion)
LINGUI, THE SACRED BOND by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (FR/DE/BE, Made in Germany)
THE MIDDLE MAN by Bent Hamer (NO/CA/DE/DK, Pandora Film)
THE STORY OF MY WIFE by Ildikó Enyedi (HU/DE/FR/IT, Komplizen Film)

Special Events
MEMORIA by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (CO/MX/FR/GB/TH/DE/CN/CH, Match Factory Productions)
SPENCER by Pablo Larrain (DE/GB, Komplizen Film)

Contemporary World Cinema
COMPARTMENT NO. 6 by Juho Kuosmanen (FI/RU/EE/DE, Achtung Panda!)
THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (FI/DE/FR, Twenty Twenty Vision)
VENGEANCE IS MINE, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH by Edwin (ID/SG/DE, Match Factory Productions, Bombero International)
WHETHER THE WEATHER IS FINE by Carlos Manatad (PH/FR/DE, Weydemann Bros.)

ANATOLIAN LEOPARD by Emre Kayış (TU/DE/DK/PO, Elemag Pictures)
TUG OF WAR by Amil Shivji (TZ/ZA/DE/QA, Niko Film)

THE DEVIL’S DRIVERS by Daniel Carsenty, Mohammed Abugeth (DE/QA/FR/LB, Mark It Zero)


Prizes for German films 2021

ANATOLIAN LEOPARD by Emre Kayış (TU/DE/DK/PO, Elemag Pictures)

THE GRAVEDIGGER’S WIFE by Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (FI/DE/FR, Twenty Twenty Vision)

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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