Toronto International Film Festival
TIFF is a non-profit, charitable cultural organization that seeks to transform the way people see the world through film. Best known for our flagship event, the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF offers engaging, accessible programming 365 days a year, including exhibitions, film screenings, educational workshops, industry development initiatives, and more.
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2021 Toronto International Film Festival
This application is for the “2021 Toronto International Film Festival”, a digital/physical hybrid Festival taking place September 9 to 18, 2021 that will feature drive-in, outdoor and in-door screenings. TIFF will offer a full digital festival for Canadians and international industry delegates, and in-person screenings according to what is permitted by public health guidelines this fall. In-person events will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre and Cinesphere, while drive-in and outdoor screenings will take place at Ontario Place where plans are being made to have two drive-in cinemas and one outdoor cinema, an increase over 2020. Organizers are optimistic about the resumption of red carpets and gatherings of increased capacity in these larger spaces. Films from the official selection will be available for audiences across Canada to view in rental windows, supplemented by special live and pre-recorded events featuring the top talent from around the world. TIFF is also exploring a new satellite screening model to reach broader audiences all across Canada. TIFF is committed to championing and spotlighting underrepresented filmmakers in the Festival and plans to program 45% of films in the official selection by women filmmakers, and 40% by BIPOC filmmakers. While official selections will not be announced until July, programming will include: (1) Opening Night Film premiere, which will take place in the largest venues the Festival is able to operate this year, including Roy Thomson Hall and Ontario Place drive-in cinema; (2) the annual TIFF Tribute Gala event (to be broadcast by Bell Media), a fundraising and awards presentation event that TIFF introduced in 2019. Drive-in and outdoor screenings will be supplemented with live performances, sponsor activations and live introductions with talent when possible; (3) Closing Night event on September 18th.
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