The power of the medium and storytelling is on full display in this film festival. In scale and quality the Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most influential in the world alongside Cannes, Sundance and Venice. Over the course of its years, TIFF has screened many films that went on to win Oscar Awards, films like La La Land, Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, Room, and 12 Years a Slave. Many of the films that have gained Oscar buzz for next year’s ceremony are going to be here.
Big name films want to be screened at TIFF. It truly kicks off the Oscar buzz season. High profile films being presented this year include Angelina Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father”, “Battle of the Sexes” with Emma Stone and Steve Carell, “Downsizing” with Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk”, “Filmstars Don’t Die in Liverpool” starring Annette Bening and Jamie Bell, the Lady Gaga documentary “Gaga: Five Foot Two”, “I, Tonya” starring Margot Robbie, “Lady Bird” starring Saoirse Ronan, Tragically Hip documentary “Long Time Running”, “Mary Shelley” starring Elle Fanning, George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” starring Julianne Moore and Matt Damon, “The Mountain Between Us” starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” starring Sally Hawkins, Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Abdul” starring Judy Dench, “Woman Walks Ahead” starring Jessica Chastain, Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, and “Molly’s Game” starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba. The films are divided into several categories like: Special Presentations, Docs, Canadian Features, Midnight Madness, Platform, and Galas.
Another indication that TIFF is huge is the amount of stars that attend. If you have a film here, you come, basically. So stars attending include Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Javier Bardem, Halle Berry, George Clooney, Kate Winslet, Rachel McAdams, Alicia Vikander, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julianne Moore, Idris Elba, Emma Stone, and Jake Gyllenhaal. Perfect hunting grounds for those who love to get selfies with celebs.
This is going to be the first year that Orcasound makes the trek over to Toronto to take in the festival. Stay tuned right here for film reviews and celebrity sightings.
-Dates: September 7-17, 2017
-Venues: Roy Thompson Hall, Ryerson Theatre, Princess of Wales, Scotia Bank Theatres, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Broadcasting Centre.
-Ticket Purchase: www.ticketmaster.com
-Ticket Prices: Single Films – $25-$52