The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) revealed its 2015 Canadian film lineup yesterday at its press conference held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
A list of impressive works was announced; from compelling documentaries, political satires, to hardcore horror and affecting dramas, this year’s TIFF promises to showcase some of the best works created by our very own Canadian talents.
Some of the highlights include films Born to be Blue by Robert Budreau, starring Ethan Hawke; Into the Forest by Patricia Rozema, starring Ellen Page; and previously announced Remember, directed by Atom Egoyan and starring Breaking Bad’s Agent Hank-Dean Norris and Academy Award winners Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau.
Other high-profile titles include My Internship in Canada directed by Philippe Falardeau, Hellions directed by Bruce McDonald, The Forbidden Room directed by Evan Johnson and Guy Maddin, and many more.
A Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film will be presented to the maker of the most outstanding Canadian film and a City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film will be given to the creator of the most impressive debut feature film, judged by industry leaders Don McKellar (filmmaker/The Grand Seduction), Ilda Santiago (Programming and Executive Director/Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival) and Jacqueline Lyanga (Director/AFI Fest).
A slate of 44 world-class short films will also be showcasing Canadians’ distinctive voices with the most outstanding one receiving the Award for Best Canadian Short Film, judged by John Anderson (film critic/The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal), Rizwan Manji (actor /Outsourced & The Wolf of Wall Street) and Pascale Faure (head of CANAL + France Short Programs),
Four rising stars: Aliocha Schneider, Deragh Campbell, Karelle Tremblay and Stephan James were selected to participate in TIFF’s Rising Star programme, which includes a series of public events, one-on-one meetings with filmmakers, seminars with international casting directors, media training, and exclusive networking opportunities.
“TIFF is dedicated to shining a spotlight on Canadian talent…” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF.
It has been five years since TIFF launched its Rising Star programme and it is amazing to see such great organization supporting our emerging artists and talents.
The Canadian additions to this year’s TIFF announced yesterday are as follows:
Born To Be Blue/Robert Budreau
Into The Forest/Patricia Rozema
Al Purdy Was Here/Brian D. Johnson
Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr/Patrick Reed & Michelle Shephard
Ninth Floor/Mina Shum
This Changes Everything/Avi Lewis
Welcome To F.L./Geneviève Dulude-De Celles
Closet Monster/Stephen Dunn
Fire Song/Adam Garnet Jones
River/Jamie M. Dagg
The Rainbow Kid/Kire Paputts
Sleeping Giant/Andrew Cividino
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
How Heavy This Hammer/Kazik Radwanski,
My Internship In Canada/Philippe Falardeau
Our Loved Ones (Les Étres Chers)/Anne Émond
The Waiting Room/Igor Drljaca
No Men Beyond This Point/Mark Sawers
Bring Me The Head Of Tim Horton/Guy Maddin, Galen Johnson and Evan Johnson
The Forbidden Room-A Living Poster/Galen Johnson
La Giubba/Tony Romano & Corin Sworn
Stories Are Meaning-Making Machines/Annie MacDonnell & Maïder Fortuné
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2015 runs from September 10 to September 20, for more information, please visit http://tiff.net
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