Toronto International Film Festival

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The newly opened TIFF building Bell Lightbox (2010)

The Toronto International Film Festival ( TIFF ) is a ten-day film festival with no competition, that since 1976 the Canadian Toronto takes place. It is held annually in early / mid-September and follows immediately after the Venice International Film Festival . The festival Tower , a new building at 299 Adelaide Street West, also known as the Bell Lightbox , is the seat and venue .

The organizer is the TIFF Group , which, in addition to handling the international film festival, also manages other film activities in Canada . Since 1984 there has been a separate program for Canadian films, which was split up in 2004 into Canada First! with Canadian first films in full length and in Short Cuts Canada with Canadian short films .

The Toronto International Film Festival is, along with the World Film Festival in Montreal and the AFI Fest in Los Angeles, the only film festival in North America that is accredited by the international film producers association FIAPF .


The beginning of the film festival in Toronto took place in 1976 under the official name "The Festival of Festivals". At the first event, which screened the world's most successful films in Toronto, 35,000 cineastes saw 127 films from 30 countries. In 1995 the event was renamed the Toronto International Film Festival (tiff.). In the years that followed, the film festival developed into an event in which films, directors (including Paul Haggis , Michael Moore , David Cronenberg , Don McKellar , James Cameron ), screenwriters and actors became well known. In 2001 the Canada's TopTen program was started. In 2003 planning began for a new building for the event building. In 2005 the festival celebrated its 30th birthday. From 2007 to 2010 the new building named “Lightbox” was built.

Due to the steadily growing popularity of this event, the number of films presented rose to 336 from 64 countries in 2009. The number of viewers also increased further to 500,000.

In 2012 the 37th edition of the festival took place from September 6 to 16, 2012. The 39th TIFF ran from September 4 to 14, 2014.

The 40th anniversary took place from September 10th to 20th, 2015. It opened with the film Demolition , with Jake Gyllenhaal in the lead role.


In addition to the Cannes International Film Festival, TIFF is an important event for the national and international film industry. The event is both an important media event, at which television stars , producers and media journalists from all over the world meet every September, as well as a career springboard for future Oscar candidates. Print media such as the LA Times , Philadelphia Inquirer , Miami Herald , New York Times , Toronto Star , Times of India , The Globe & Mail and Toronto Sun provide daily information about current events. American, Canadian and international TV channels will be reporting live from the festival on programs such as Access Hollywood , Entertainment Tonight (ET) , Red Carpet Diary , eTalk , Entertainment Tonight Canada , Reuters , The Canadian Press , Canapress and UPI . Other media reporting on the festival are the daily Variety , The Hollywood Reporter and Screen International .

Audience award

Prize winner 2018: Peter Farrelly, who later also won the Oscar for best film for Green Book .

Since the Toronto Film Festival, unlike other festivals such as Berlin , Cannes or Venice , does not have an official competition jury, the most important prize is the People's Choice Award , which is given to the best feature film and documentary film by festival visitors. In addition, various film critic associations give separate awards during the festival.

The winners of the audience award for the best feature film at a glance:

year Original title German title Director
1978 Girlfriends Girlfriends Claudia Weill
1979 Best boy Good boy Ira Wohl
1980 Bad timing Black out - anatomy of a passion Nicolas Roeg
1981 Chariots of Fire ¹ The hour of the victor Hugh Hudson
1982 Tempest The Tempest (A Surprising Comedy) Paul Mazursky
1983 The big chill The big frustration Lawrence Kasdan
1984 Places in the Heart A place in the heart Robert Benton
1985 La historia oficial² The official story Luis Puenzo
1986 Le Déclin de l'empire américain The fall of the American empire Denys Arcand
1987 The Princess Bride The prince's bride Rob Reiner
1988 Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown Pedro Almodovar
1989 Roger & Me Roger & Me Michael Moore
1990 Cyrano de Bergerac Cyrano from Bergerac Jean-Paul Rappeneau
1991 The Fisher King King of the fishermen Terry Gilliam
1992 Strictly ballroom Strictly Ballroom - who dance against all the rules Baz Luhrmann
1993 The snapper The Snapper - Help a Baby! Stephen Frears
1994 The priest The priest Antonia Bird
1995 Antonia² Antonia's world Marleen Gorris
1996 Shine Shine - the way into light Scott Hicks
1997 The hanging garden The hanging garden Thom Fitzgerald
1998 La vita è bella ² Life is Beautiful Roberto Benigni
1999 American Beauty ¹ American Beauty Sam Mendes
2000 臥虎藏龍 (Wòhǔ Cánglóng) ² Tiger and Dragon Ang Lee
2001 Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain The fabulous world of Amélie Jean-Pierre Jeunet
2002 Whale rider Whale rider Niki Caro
2003 座頭市 (Zatōichi) Zatoichi - The blind samurai Takeshi Kitano
2004 Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda Terry George
2005 Tsotsi² Tsotsi Gavin Hood
2006 Bella Bella Alejandro Gomez Monteverde
2007 Eastern Promises Deadly Promises - Eastern Promises David Cronenberg
2008 Slumdog Millionaire¹ Slumdog millionaire Danny Boyle
2009 Precious: Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire Precious - Life is precious Lee Daniels
2010 The King's Speech ¹ The King's Speech Tom Hooper
2011 Et maintenant, on va où? Who knows where Nadine Labaki
2012 silver linings Playbook Silver linings David O. Russell
2013 12 Years a Slave ¹ 12 years a slave Steve McQueen
2014 The Imitation Game The Imitation Game Morten Tyldum
2015 Room room Lenny Abrahamson
2016 La La Land La La Land Damien Chazelle
2017 Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh
2018 Green Book ¹ Green Book - A special friendship Peter Farrelly
2019 Jojo Rabbit Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi

¹ = later film productions, the Oscar as Best Picture of the Year won
² = film productions, which later won the Oscar for foreign language Best Picture of the Year won


  • Brian D. Johnson: Brave films, wild nights. 25 years of festival fever. Random House Canada, Toronto 2000, ISBN 0-679-31035-5

See also

Web links

Commons : Toronto International Film Festival  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 'Demoltion'With Jake Gyllenhaal Will Open 2015 Toronto International Film Festival In: The New York Times, July 28, 2015.
  2. Film festivals: which is top dog? In: The Guardian . April 12, 2012, accessed August 15, 2019 .