The festival attracts both a Canadian and international contingent, with 15 different programs in which films from 50 countries are screened. Because of the huge quantity of films, countries, directors and actors involved, it is considered to be one of the most important and successful film festivals in the world (after Cannes, of course).
The focus of the festival is contemporary film, and while many countries are represented, one festival initiative is to place Canadian achievements in an international context. The three main awards are the People’s Choice Award, the Canadian Awards and the Discovery Award.
Visit the Toronto International Film Festival Group website and the official website of the festival for information on submissions, tickets and featured films. IndieWIRE also has a Toronto news update that shows what’s new at the festival.