TIFF Roundup

Posted on: September 24, 2012 by Nettel Media

Category: General

TIFF Roundup

The prestigious Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) garners worldwide attention annually and has been the place to turn for celebrity spotting, catching premieres and listening to the stars and directors speak about making the film. The festival always gives reporters lots to talk about – even if it’s not always about the films themselves. This year, over 750 filmmakers and actors attended, and 372 movies were screened in just 10 days to over 250,000 attendees.


The People’s Choice Award winner was Silver Linings Playbook. A “dramedy” directed by David O. Russel and starring Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and Julia Stiles. This film is based on the Matthew Quick novel, and will be in theatres over Thanksgiving.


The best Canadian Feature trophy went to Montreal director Xavier Dolan for “Laurence Anyways”. The movie follows a high school teacher that confesses to his girlfriend that he cross-dresses, and his struggle with determining if, when, and how he should tell others about his lifestyle.


The Best Canadian Short Film went to Winnipeg-based Deco Dawson for “Keep a Modest Head”, which was shot over a span of eight years and explores his childhood memories through a Surrealist lens.


The winner for best documentary went to Bartholonew Cubbins for “Artifact”, which explores the modern music industry through the eyes of Jared Leto’s band Thirty Seconds to Mars as they fight a lawsuit with Virgin/AMI.


To see the other winners and explore the Festival, check out http://tiff.net/thefestival.


Today it seems like we can access virtually anything online. For many, this is a good thing. For producers, actors and filmmakers, this can also have its downside. It is important for festivals such as TIFF to continue to run in order to remind audiences, directors and actors why the experience of filmmaking is to be shared with an audience, and not just on a laptop. Uniting all three groups of people and allowing Q&As gives all people involved a chance to further explore the themes of the films they’re watching and reaffirm the importance of the film industry.


If you or your company is looking to film a corporate video, documentary or other film, do not hesitate to contact us. We would love to help you with your next film project.


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