Toronto International Film Festival -TIFF

Toronto, Ontario (ON)

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) began life in Toronto in 1976 as the “Festival of Festivals”, an event showcasing the best films from other film festivals around the world. That year, 35,000 enthusiasts watched 127 films from 30 countries.

Since then, the Toronto International Film Festival has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is now recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes, attracting more than 500,000 movie lovers to view over 350 films from 64 countries screened at approximately 37 screens in downtown Toronto venues.

The festival begins on the first Thursday of September with a closing night celebration on the Saturday 10 days later.

The Festival of Festivals (renamed the Toronto International Film Festival in 1995) has introduced many of the world's great film artists to Toronto audiences. That first year, a spotlight on German cinema included films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Werner Herzog and Wim Wenders.

The major prize at the Toronto International Film Festival is the People's Choice Award given to a feature-length film with the highest ratings determined by the festival attendees. The other seven awards include awards for People's Choice Best Documentary, People's Choice Best Midnight Madness film, Best Canadian Feature, Best Canadian First Feature, Best Canadian Short Film, The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) Special Presentation Winner and FIPRESCI's Discovery Section Winner.

Recent winners of the the People's Choice Award are The King's Speech in 2010, Precious in 2009 and Slumdog Millionaire in 2008.

The Toronto International Film Festival has also increased its scope to offer programming 365 days a year with special screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, and workshops with filmmakers from Canada and around the world.

The secret of the Festival’s success is its unique combination of two parallel festivals: one for a large audience passionate about film and one for the world's press and industry. The Festival also manages to be the launch pad for both big Hollywood films and art house cinema from around the world.

Furthermore, the recent opening of a new home for the Toronto International Film Festival. the TIFF Bell Lightbox, establishes TIFF as one of the world’s premiere organizations in the discovery and understanding of film.


For more information about the Toronto International Film Festival visit the official web site at

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