Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a “festival of festivals” — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as “the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive.”
Titles in the Festival: 245 features, 82 shorts, 6 series (342 titles: 250 features, 88 shorts, 4 series)
Features or series that are World, International, or North American Premieres: 133, 25, and 71, respectively (232 total: 138 World, 22 International, 72 North American Premieres)
TIFF 2019 OPENING NIGHT GALA FILM: ROBBIE ROBERTSON AND THE BAND – Daniel Roher’s deeply personal story of the Canadian music legend’s life, a Crave Original Documentary, will open the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 5
RADIOACTIVE IS THE TIFF 2019 CLOSING NIGHT GALA FILM: Marjane Satrapi’s biopic about renowned scientist Marie Curie, starring Rosamund Pike and Sam Riley, to close 2019 Toronto International Film Festival
Special Presentations: This year’s selection also includes 29 World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and seven Canadian Premieres. Films by Taika Waititi, Marielle Heller, James Mangold, Rian Johnson, Marjane Satrapi, John Crowley, Alejandro Amenábar, Thom Zimny & Bruce Springsteen, Atom Egoyan, Chinonye Chukwu, Kasi Lemmons, Noah Baumbach, Craig Brewer, Gabriela Cowperthwaite, Destin Daniel Cretton, Michael Winterbottom, Armando Iannucci, Steven Soderbergh, Todd Phillips, Lorene Scafaria, Fernando Meirelles, and Roger Michell spotlighted in Toronto.
Documentary programme reveals its lineup of 25 non-fiction works, including 18 World Premieres with representation from 18 countries. The films cover many high-profile figures, both famous and infamous — including Truman Capote, Merce Cunningham, Ron Howard, Bikram Choudhury, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and Imelda Marcos — and a broad range of themes, including artistic achievement, the power of journalism, immigration, global politics, and resistance against corrupt leaders. Three films use sports as a framework to look at environmentalism, capitalism, and racism.
Midnight Madness: This year’s programme ushers in a new generation of formidable genre filmmakers amidst veteran Midnight mavericks, who collectively push the envelope with both experimental and quintessential genre thrills that are guaranteed to keep the loyal late-night audience rapt and wired. World Premieres of Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space and Rose Glass’s Saint Maud, and Joko Anwar’s Indonesian superhero adaptation Gundala.
Wavelengths programme: International shorts and features by established and emerging talents. With a total of 37 titles, this year’s selection is a testament to political fortitude and artistic experimentation, seen across a captivating mix of genres and perspectives. The selection comprises four programmes of experimental short films, two curated pairings, and 10 features, each contributing to a dynamic survey of some of today’s most exciting moving-image work. Wavelengths is curated and overseen by Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming team — namely Brad Deane, Giovanna Fulvi, Dorota Lech, and Kiva Reardon — and programming associate Jesse Cumming.
Contemporary World Cinema (CWC) programme: The rich slate of titles from 48 countries features a wide range of thought-provoking stories that delve into cultural issues and social struggles in poetic and captivating ways. Introducing 21 works directed and co-directed by women, this year’s edition of CWC focuses on fractured families, self-exploration, female-driven narratives, and the consequences of social and political crises. Atiq Rahimi, Mati Diop, Gael García Bernal, Ladj Ly, Pema Tseden, Hikari, Rubaiyat Hossain, Karl Markovics, Nadav Lapid, Edward Burns, and Grímur Hákonarson included in this year’s selection of remarkable talent and award-winning directors.
Masters Lineup: Under new programming leadership, Masters presents latest offerings from emerging and returning auteurs, including the World Premiere of Arturo Ripstein’s Devil Between the Legs Featuring films set in Asia, Europe, North America, and Central America, the Masters lineup has titles that run the gamut, from dramatic true stories to dark comedies, from a black-and-white narrative to a documentary film, with a healthy dose of introspection and socio-political commentary throughout. The slate will bring two World Premieres to Toronto.
Short Cuts: The Toronto International Film Festival ® celebrates diversity with 35 international short films rounding out its Short Cuts lineup. The slate showcases insightful and dynamic storytelling by filmmakers who demonstrate a flair for concision while still achieving cinematic excellence in live-action narrative, documentary, and animated short-form filmmaking. This year includes award-winning short-film masters; many directors who are returning to the Festival; and vital emergent talents whose films cover topics and themes from love and sexuality to race and politics. These titles represent over 30 countries with over 20 different languages.
Who is it for?
All ages – varies depending on films
Tickets are available at a variety of price points, starting at $19 for regular screenings and $26 for Premium screenings. For those under 25, TIFF offers affordable access to the Festival starting at just $11.
Various other packages and pass available.
Festival tickets will be on sale starting Sept 2 for non-Members
How to get tickets?
Phone: 416.599.TIFF / 1.888.599.8433 (toll-free)
At the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Festival Box Office & TIFF Members’ Box Office – Metro Centre and Venue Box Offices.
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
September 5 to 15, 2019. –
Venue & Address :
TIFF – 350 King Street W., Toronto and other venues, downtown.