TIFF Reveals Programs for 40th Annual Festival

TIFF Reveals Programs for 40th Annual Festival
This year marks the 40th edition of the annual Toronto International Film Festival, and there's a good chance that it'll be the biggest edition of the fest ever. Today, organizers unveiled the programs for this year's festival, which runs from September 10 to 20.

Notably, there are two new programs added to the festival this year. Platform is geared toward "artistically ambitious international films." The program features a three-person jury, and the top film will be awarded $25,000.

"Inspired by the Jia Zhangke film, Platform will showcase films made in the spirit of true directors' cinema: free, daring and transformative," TIFF's artistic director Cameron Bailey said in a press release. "It will offer audiences, industry members and media a new opportunity to discover high-quality international cinema while giving the next generation of master filmmakers a platform to reach audiences and increase their global profile."

In addition, the festival has added television to its ranks with the new Primetime program, which is billed as "serial storytelling: television in its artistic renaissance."

TIFF regulars will be pleased to note that the festival will once again host programs like City to City, Contemporary World Cinema, Discovery, Masters, Midnight Madness, Short Cuts, TIFF Cinematheque, TIFF Docs, TIFF Kids, Vanguard and Wavelengths. 

Further, the festival's Mavericks series has been renamed In Conversation With... and will include leaders from the film industry discussing their craft. As always, there will also be a variety of Gala Presentations and Special Presentations.

The lineup for TIFF will be unveiled in the coming months. Until then, more information on the festival is available here.