TIFF announces plans for digital film festival in 2020

By Tribute on June 24, 2020 | Leave a Comment

Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse RonanThe Toronto International Film Festival will go ahead as scheduled this September, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The festival’s 45th edition will take place September 10-19, 2020. It will look a little bit different however, with both physical and virtual screenings, drive-ins and virtual red carpets. If the organization gets the go ahead from provincial and city officials, TIFF plans to screen the full slate of films in physical theaters during the festival’s first five days.

TIFF has partnered with Shift72 to bring the festival online to host several virtual events, including screenings, interactive talks, cast reunions and Q&As with casts and filmmakers.

“The pandemic has hit TIFF hard, but we’ve responded by going back to our original inspiration — to bring the very best in film to the broadest possible audience,” said Cameron Bailey, co-head and artistic director. “Our teams have had to rethink everything and open our minds to new ideas.”

This year, only 50 films will be featured, along with five programs of short films. The first batch of films announced include Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan, Halle Berry‘s directorial debut Bruised, and Concrete Cowboy starring Idris Elba, Jharrel Jerome, and Lorraine Toussaint. More films will be announced throughout the summer.

Information about screening venues, ticket sales and accreditation will be available in the coming weeks. ~Brie Davis

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