TIFF. Image credit Wikipedia Commons
Toronto/IBNS: Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)’s CEO Cameron Bailey reportedly announced Thursday during a pre-festival event that although fewer Hollywood stars could be seen on the carpet this year’s TIFF as the actor and writers strikes continue, this year’s Canadian films would be front and centre.
Pointing to Canadian actors such as Theodore Pellerin in Sophie Dupuis’s Solo, Bailey reportedly said that “Canadian talent is strong enough that they can attract actors and artisans from all over the world.” he said.
During a presentation on Thursday focusing on Canadian contributions, chief programming officer Anita Lee was reported to say that this year’s festival would showcase 50 Canadian titles at this year’s festival, including 21 features, 20 shorts, six documentaries and three television series.
Included in TIFF’s galas and special presentations are Solo and Seven Veils; ballet doc Swan Song by Chelsea McMullan; rock doc Hate To Love: Nickelback by Leigh Brooks; Elliot Page-led drama Close To You by Dominic Savage; coming-of-age tale Ru by Charles-Olivier Michaud; and orchestra drama Days of Happiness by Chloé Robichaud.