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Toronto International Film Festival 2023

Toronto International Film Festival 2023 was held September 7 to 17, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario. According to TIFF, it is the “leading public film festival in the world, screening more than 300 films from 60+ countries every September. Our programmers have earned a reputation for excellence, and a diverse array of films is shown: Hollywood galas, complete with red carpet glamour; the best in international cinema, the latest homegrown comedies… and everything in between.”  The TIFF Industry Conference is a seven-day professional development conference for delegates and focuses on the financing and producing, marketing, distribution, screenwriting and storytelling of films.  Many deals are done at TIFF.

The film festival is organized into the following programs:

Gala Presentations: Movie stars. Red carpet premieres. Major audience interest.

Masters:  The latest from the world’s most influential art house filmmakers.

Special Presentations:  High-profile premieres and the world’s leading filmmakers.

Mavericks:  Engaging on-stage conversations with leaders in the film industry and beyond.

Discovery:  Directors to watch. The future of world cinema.

TIFF Docs:  Candid and unscripted: the best non-fiction cinema from around the world.

Contemporary World Cinema:  Compelling stories, global perspectives.

Contemporary World Speakers:  Watch, experience, and participate in post-screening discussions with film directors and subject experts

Wavelengths:  Daring, visionary and autonomous voices. Films that expand our notions of cinema.

TIFF Kids:  Family films from around the world: entertaining and illuminating.

City to City:  Bringing international cities to Toronto audiences. A snapshot of where’s hot right now.

Short Cuts Canada:  The best short films from emerging and established Canadian filmmakers.

TIFF Cinematheque:  Curated gems from the history of Canadian and international cinema.

Future Projections: Taking the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond.

Vanguard:  Provocative, sexy… possibly dangerous. This is what’s next.

Midnight Madness:  The wild side: midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema.

Festival Street:  During the first weekend of TIFF King Street is closed off from traffic from  Peter Street to University Avenue to showcase live performances, partner activations such as coffee as beer tastings, as well as outdoor screenings.

Nextwave:  For the next generation of movie lovers: selections approved by our youth-driven TIFF Next Wave Committee.

Manifesto:  Culture. Ideas. Action. Screenings supported by Manifesto Community Projects

Special Event: Onstage and onscreen: exclusive engagements and celebrated guests.

Media Covers Hollywood Films at the Expense of Indie Films?

The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn in over 4000 attendees from around the world that want to be a part of this ten-day event.  Due to the writers’ strike in the United States, less high profile stars attended TIFF 2023 resulting in more attention being paid to Canadian as well as international films

Canadian TIFF Receptions & Parties in Support of Film:

What would the Toronto International Film Festival be without its non-stop calendar of parties, networking, and other industry events to celebrate film! From experimental pop-ups to extravagant cast parties that last until the early morning hours, the streets of downtown Toronto was a flurry of receptions and celebrations. Here is a review of a few of the events that TorontoArtsandEvents attended during this year’s film festival:

Toronto International Film Festival 2023: Celebrate Ontario:

Ontario Creates, mandated to growth and investment in Ontario’s publishing, film and television, music and digital industries, celebrated 9 Ontario Creates Fund-supported features by Ontario Filmmakers at TIFF 2023:  Backspot, Close To You, Fitting In, Mr. Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe, Seven Veils, Swan Song, The King Tide,.

This year’s event was held at the luxurious Carlu in Toronto and attracted Ontario Actors, Directors and producers as well as government officials such as the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

Ontario Creates photos

Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates
Karen Thorne-Stone, President & CEO, Ontario Creates
Toronto International Film Festival 2023 Molly McGlynn, Fitting In Director @OntarioCreates
Molly McGlynn, Fitting In Director @OntarioCreates
 Molly McGlynn, Fitting In Director @OntarioCreates
Molly McGlynn, Fitting In Director @OntarioCreates
Toronto International Film Festival 2023 Kat Shaw Producer Backspot
L: Kat Shaw Producer Backspot
Melody Shang @Ontario Creates
Melody Shang @Ontario Creates
Toronto Film School Staff
Toronto Film School Staff

Toronto International Film Festival 2023: WIFT Toronto Reception

WIFT Toronto’s Toronto International Film Festival annual reception graced the Barbara Frum Atrium to celebrate the creativity of women in film and TV as well as raise funds to support for the Foundation for Women in Film & Television – Toronto.  The Foundation’s its mission is advancing &  building the careers of “WIFT Toronto members by providing professional development, peer support, and mentorship opportunities. Funds raised help subsidize professional development programs and offer bursaries and scholarships.” [ref:  Foundation for WIFT ]

About WIFT Toronto

“Founded in 1984, WIFT Toronto is a member-based, not-for-profit organization. We are passionate individuals who are dedicated to the education, engagement and empowerment of our members at all stages of their careers in the screen-based media industry.”

Toronto International Film Festival 2023 Jasmin Lyu of Crewbite
Jasmin Lyu of Crewbite
Toronto International Film Festival 2023 Katerina Kova
left: Katerina Kova
Laurie Januska
Laurie Januska
Stella Pascall
Stella Pascall
One Top Funding Workshop
One Top Funding Workshop

That’s a Wrap

Another season of TIFF has come to a successful end. The warm Toronto fall weather allowed enjoyment of this ten-day-long celebration of film and filmmakers from around the world.  Check back here for next year’s festival.

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