The Toronto International Film Festival has revealed its plans for its 2020 event consisting of a condensed lineup of films.
Taking place between September 10 – 19 its schedule will jump from 2019’s offering of 300 films, down to 50 new feature films and five short film programs. The program will also be made up of physical screenings and drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences, and industry talks.
The full line-up of films is still in development and will be announced at a later date in the summer, but TIFF has revealed just a handful of those already confirmed to be shown. These include Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” Thomas Vinterberg’s “Another Round,” Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy,” Nicolás Pereda’s “Fauna,” Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Good Joe Bell,” Suzanne Lindon’s “Spring Blossom,” Halle Berry’s directorial debut “Bruised,” and Naomi Kawase’s “True Mothers.”
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“The pandemic has hit TIFF hard, but we’ve responded by going back to our original inspiration — to bring the very best in film to the broadest possible audience,” Cameron Bailey, Co-Head and Artistic Director, TIFF, said in a statement. “Our teams have had to rethink everything and open our minds to new ideas. In countless video calls over the past three months, we have rebuilt our Festival for 2020 drawing on our five decades of commitment to strong curation, support for filmmakers and engagement with audiences.”
TIFF will also launch its very first digital platform to host digital screenings, as well as numerous talks and special events for those who are unable to travel to attend. The platform is currently in development.