The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually.
Over the last 40 years, TIFF has grown to become a year-round destination for film culture operating out of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a dynamic centre for film culture that offers visitors a presentation that includes new releases, live film events and an interactive gallery.
The Toronto Film Festival 2017 run from Thursday, September 7th through Sunday, September 17th.
*Dates subject to change.
The Toronto International Film Festival, known originally as “The Festival of Festivals”, was founded in 1976 at the Windsor Arms Hotel by Bill Marshall, Henk Van der Kolk and Dusty Cohl.
Beginning as a collection of the best films from film festivals around the world, it had an inaugural attendance of 35,000. Ironically however, Hollywood studios withdrew their submissions from TIFF due to concerns that Toronto audiences would be too parochial for their products.
In 1994, the decision was made to replace the name “Festival of Festivals” with “Toronto International Film Festival”. From 1994 to 2009, the umbrella organization running TIFF was named “Toronto International Film Festival Group” (TIFFG). In 2009, the umbrella organization TIFFG was renamed to TIFF.
In 2001, Perspective Canada, the program that had focused on Canadian films since 1984, was replaced by two programs:
1) Canada First!, a forum for Canadian filmmakers presenting their first feature-length work, featuring eight to 15 films.
2) Short Cuts Canada, which includes 30-40 Canadian short films.
Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Film
Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film
TIFF also presents seven other awards for People’s Choice Best Documentary, People’s Choice Best Midnight Madness film, Best Canadian First Feature, Best Canadian Short Film, Best International Short Film, FIPRESCI’s Special Presentation Winner and FIPRESCI’s Discovery Section Winner.
In 2015, the Festival introduced Platform, the juried program that champions director’s cinema from around the world.