2020 Toronto International Film Festival
45th annual Toronto International Film Festival
Top 3 2020 Toronto International Film Festival related articles
- 1 Planning
- 2 Ambassadors
- 3 Awards
- 4 Films
- 5 Canada's Top Ten
- 6 References
- 7 External links
|Opening film||American Utopia by Spike Lee|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Awards||Nomadland (People's Choice Award)|
|Festival date||September 10–21, 2020|
The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, the 45th event in the Toronto International Film Festival series, was held from September 10 to 21, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, the festival took place primarily on an online streaming platform, although limited in-person screenings still took place within the constraints of social distancing restrictions.
Officially the festival concluded on September 19, with the final film premieres and events taking place that day; however, due to the 48-hour rental period applying to film viewings on the online platform, the festival platform remained open until September 21 to honour tickets purchased on closing day.
The festival's executive director Joana Vicente and artistic director Cameron Bailey spoke about the festival's plans in a video conference call launching the international We Are One: A Global Film Festival; Bailey also discussed some of the festival's plans in an interview on IndieWire's "Screen Talk" podcast. Plans included efforts to act as a "united platform" to screen films that had been slated to premiere at other cancelled festivals such as the 2020 Cannes Film Festival, and efforts to capitalize on the resurgence of drive-in theaters by staging some live screenings at drive-in venues. In a joint statement with the Venice Film Festival, the Telluride Film Festival and the New York Film Festival, which along with TIFF are generally considered the "big four" autumn film festivals that often compete with each other to land major film premieres in a normal year, the organizers of all four festivals committed to a spirit of collaboration and unity, designed "to serve the filmmakers, audiences, journalists and industry members who keep the film ecosystem thriving."
On June 24, organizers indicated that a smaller program of 50 films would be screened in a conventional manner, using social distancing strategies such as drive-in or outdoor screenings, over the first five days of the festival, and would then remain available on a dedicated streaming platform for the remainder of the festival. The digital platform was launched in July 2020 as the Digital TIFF Bell Lightbox, with a curated selection of past TIFF films available for short-term digital rental in the weeks leading up to the festival. The digital platform included both a professional option for international critics and industry, and a public option available only to Canadian viewers; ticket prices were the same regardless of whether the viewer was attending a physical screening or watching the film online. The industry platform also included an additional program of 30 films not part of the official public program, designed to act as a film market due to the pandemic-associated shutdown of international travel.
Venues for the festival included the TIFF Bell Lightbox, with social distancing strategies in place, as well as two outdoor screens at Ontario Place and one at Polson Pier. The Isabel Bader Theatre was initially announced as one of the screening venues, but was removed from the event calendar due to social distancing restrictions remaining in place at the University of Toronto. Initially, organizers announced that in-person film screenings would be "masks optional", but were criticized for creating a potential superspreader event as the social nature of the festival could increase the risk for COVID-19 transmission. The festival reversed the decision within 24 hours, citing a surge of new cases in Ontario, and made masks mandatory at the physical screenings.
With a smaller than normal program, both festival programmers and critics noted that films which have a tendency to be overlooked at a normal TIFF, such as documentaries and titles by emerging film directors in the Discovery program, could potentially have a better chance than usual of standing out and gaining attention.
2020 Toronto International Film Festival Planning articles: 15
Due to the unprecedented nature of the 2020 festival, and the fact that celebrities and filmmakers were largely not able to attend the festival in person, the festival announced a roster of 50 "TIFF Ambassadors", actors and filmmakers who helped to promote the festival through interactive digital experiences and events.
- Hiam Abbass
- Riz Ahmed
- Haifaa al-Mansour
- Shamier Anderson
- Darren Aronofsky
- Olivier Assayas
- Gael García Bernal
- Rachel Brosnahan
- Tantoo Cardinal
- Priyanka Chopra
- Derek Cianfrance
- Mark Cousins
- David Cronenberg
- Alfonso Cuarón
- Julie Delpy
- Claire Denis
- Ava DuVernay
- Atom Egoyan
- Sarah Gadon
- Isabelle Huppert
- Barry Jenkins
- Jia Zhang-ke
- Rian Johnson
- Anurag Kashyap
- Nicole Kidman
- Barbara Kopple
- Hirokazu Kore-eda
- Brie Larson
- Nadine Labaki
- Kasi Lemmons
- Tatiana Maslany
- Viggo Mortensen
- Carey Mulligan
- Genevieve Nnaji
- Alanis Obomsawin
- David Oyelowo
- Rosamund Pike
- Natalie Portman
- Zachary Quinto
- Jason Reitman
- Isabella Rossellini
- Martin Scorsese
- Albert Serra
- Denis Villeneuve
- Taika Waititi
- Lulu Wang
- Wim Wenders
- Olivia Wilde
- Donnie Yen
- Zhang Ziyi
2020 Toronto International Film Festival Ambassadors articles: 50
TIFF Tribute Awards
The festival presented the TIFF Tribute Awards, which were introduced in 2019 to honour actors and filmmakers for distinguished achievements over the course of their careers. Honorees in 2020 included Anthony Hopkins, Chloe Zhao, Mira Nair and Kate Winslet. For the first time, the ceremony was broadcast live by CTV Television Network, and was hosted by Tyrone Edwards and Chloe Wilde of CTV's eTalk.
Award winners were announced on September 20. The People's Choice Awards were still presented in all three categories, although due to the reduced number of films in the Documentary and Midnight Madness streams, only winners were named for those awards rather than runners-up; however, first and second runners-up were still named for the main People's Choice award. However, some of the juried awards were suspended, or presented in a different form than usual; notably, the Platform Prize was not presented as no films were named to the Platform program, and the award for Best Canadian First Feature Film was not presented due to the limited number of eligible films. Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes, in association with TIFF, announced the creation of the Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award, which awards filmmakers who create films with a social message.
|People's Choice Award||Nomadland||Chloé Zhao|
|People's Choice Award, First Runner Up||One Night in Miami...||Regina King|
|People's Choice Award, Second Runner Up||Beans||Tracey Deer|
|People's Choice Award: Documentaries||Inconvenient Indian||Michelle Latimer|
|People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness||Shadow in the Cloud||Roseanne Liang|
|Best Canadian Feature Film||Inconvenient Indian||Michelle Latimer|
|Best Canadian Feature Film, Honorable Mention||Fauna||Nicolás Pereda|
|Best Canadian Short Film||Benjamin, Benny, Ben||Paul Shkordoff|
|Best International Short Film||Dustin||Naïla Guiguet|
|FIPRESCI Award||Beginning (Dasatskisi)||Dea Kulumbegashvili|
|NETPAC Award||Gaza mon amour||Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser|
|Amplify Voices||The Disciple||Chaitanya Tamhane|
|Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois)||Philippe Lacôte|
|Amplify Voices, Honorable Mention||Downstream to Kinshasa||Dieudo Hamadi|
|Changemaker Award||Black Bodies||Kelly Fyffe-Marshall|
|Share Her Journey||Sing Me a Lullaby||Tiffany Hsiung|
2020 Toronto International Film Festival Awards articles: 46
American Utopia by Spike Lee was announced as the festival's opening film. The festival also screened Chloé Zhao's film Nomadland, as part of a special arrangement which saw the film open at TIFF, NYFF and Venice all on the same day.
The first batch of films slated for the festival was announced on June 24, 2020, and more were announced on July 30. The final announcement of short films and special events took place on August 25.
- Ammonite by Francis Lee
- Bruised by Halle Berry
- Concrete Cowboy by Ricky Staub
- David Byrne’s American Utopia by Spike Lee
- Good Joe Bell by Reinaldo Marcus Green
- I Care a Lot by J Blakeson
- Nomadland by Chloé Zhao
- One Night in Miami... by Regina King
- Pieces of a Woman by Kornél Mundruczó
- Another Round (Druk) by Thomas Vinterberg
- The Disciple by Chaitanya Tamhane
- Falling by Viggo Mortensen
- The Father by Florian Zeller
- Penguin Bloom by Glendyn Ivin
- Shawn Mendes: In Wonder by Grant Singer
- Summer of 85 (Été 85) by François Ozon
- True Mothers by Naomi Kawase
Contemporary World Cinema
- Bandar Band by Manijeh Hekmat
- New Order (Nuevo orden) by Michel Franco
- Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) by Philippe Lacôte
- Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre) by Lili Horvát
- Quo Vadis, Aida? by Jasmila Žbanić
- Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) by Miwa Nishikawa
- 76 Days by Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen
- City Hall by Frederick Wiseman
- Enemies of the State by Sonia Kennebeck
- Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds by Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer
- Inconvenient Indian by Michelle Latimer
- Lift Like a Girl (Ash Ya Captain) by Mayye Zayed
- MLK/FBI by Sam Pollard
- The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel by Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott
- No Ordinary Man by Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt
- 180° Rule by Farnoosh Samadi
- Beans by Tracey Deer
- Beginning (Dasatskisi) by Dea Kulumbegashvili
- The Best Is Yet to Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) by Wang Jing
- Gaza mon amour by Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser
- Limbo by Ben Sharrock
- Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) by João Paulo Miranda Maria
- Shiva Baby by Emma Seligman
- Spring Blossom (Seize printemps) by Suzanne Lindon
- Wildfire by Cathy Brady
- 4 North A by Jordan Canning and Howie Shia
- Aniksha by Vincent Toi
- The Archivists by Igor Drljaca
- As Spring Comes (Comme la neige au printemps) by Marie-Ève Juste
- Benjamin, Benny, Ben by Paul Shkordoff
- Black Bodies by Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
- David by Zach Woods
- Drought by Remi Itani
- Dustin by Naïla Guiguet
- Every Day's Like This by Lev Lewis
- Found Me by David Findlay
- The Game by Roman Hodel
- History of Civilization by Zhannat Alshanova
- In Sudden Darkness by Tayler Montague
- Loose Fish by Francisco Canton and Pato Martinez
- Marlon Brando by Vincent Tilanus
- Mountain Cat by Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir
- Navozande, the Musician by Reza Riahi
- O, Black Hole! by Renee Zhan
- Our Hearts Beat Like War by Elinor Nechemya
- Pilar by Yngwie Boley, Diana van Houten and J.J. Epping
- Point and Line to Plane by Sofia Bohdanowicz
- The Price of Cheap Rent by Amina Sutton and Maya Tanaka
- RKLSS by Tank Standing Buffalo
- Rules for Werewolves by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
- Scars by Alex Anna
- Shooting Star (Comme une comète) by Ariane Louis-Seize
- Sing Me a Lullaby by Tiffany Hsiung
- Sinking Ship (La Naufrage) by Sasha Leigh Henry
- Stephanie by Leonardo van Dijl
- Still Processing by Sophy Romvari
- Strong Son by Ian Bawa
- Succor by Hannah Cheesman
- Sër Bi by Moly Kane
- Tie by Alexandra Ramires
- Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) by I-Fan Wang
- Shadow in the Cloud by Roseanne Liang
- Violation by Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli
- 40 Years a Prisoner by Tommy Oliver
- Akilla's Escape by Charles Officer
- Downstream to Kinshasa by Dieudo Hamadi
- The Way I See It by Dawn Porter
- A Suitable Boy by Mira Nair
- The Third Day by Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly
- Trickster by Michelle Latimer
- The Boy from Medellin by Matthew Heineman
- The Truffle Hunters by Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw
- Underplayed by Stacey Lee — also featuring live DJ set by Rezz
- The Water Man by David Oyelowo
- Wolfwalkers by Tomm Moore and Ross Stewart
The Industry Selects program was a film market for films seeking commercial distribution. Due to the pandemic, which prevented members of the North American film industry from travelling to international film festivals where many of the following films were screened, they were available on the festival's industry platform, but not on the commercial platform for the general public.
- A Good Man by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar
- After Love by Aleem Khan
- And Tomorrow the Entire World (Und morgen die ganze Welt) by Julia Von Heinz
- Apples by Christos Nikou
- Baby Done by Curtis Vowell
- Falling for Figaro by Ben Lewin
- The Garden by Ragnar Bragason
- Here We Are by Nir Bergman
- Holler by Nicole Riegel
- In Between Dying by Hilal Baydarov
- Karnawal by Juan Pablo Félix
- The Kid Detective by Evan Morgan
- Kill It and Leave This Town by Mariusz Wilczynski
- La Verónica by Leonardo Medel
- Like a House on Fire by Jesse Klein
- Lovers by Nicole Garcia
- Magic Mountains by Urszula Antoniak
- Monday by Argyris Papadimitropoulos
- The Monopoly of Violence by David Dufresne
- My Best Part (Garçon chiffon) by Nicolas Maury
- My Heart Goes Boom! by Nacho Álvarez
- My Name Is Francesco Totti by Alex Infascelli
- Saint-Narcisse by Bruce LaBruce
- Shorta by Anders Ølholm and Frederik Louis Hviid
- Should the Wind Drop by Nora Martirosyan
- Simple Passion (Passion simple) by Danielle Arbid
- Sweat by Magnus von Horn
- The Ties by Daniele Luchetti
- Tove by Zaida Bergroth
- The Translator by Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf
2020 Toronto International Film Festival Films articles: 120
Canada's Top Ten
- Beans — Tracey Deer
- Fauna — Nicolás Pereda
- Funny Boy — Deepa Mehta
- Inconvenient Indian — Michelle Latimer
- Judy Versus Capitalism — Mike Hoolboom
- The Kid Detective — Evan Morgan
- Nadia, Butterfly — Pascal Plante
- The Nest — Sean Durkin
- No Ordinary Man — Chase Joynt, Aisling Chin-Yee
- Possessor — Brandon Cronenberg
- Aniksha — Vincent Toi
- The Archivists — Igor Drljaca
- Benjamin, Benny, Ben — Paul Shkordoff
- Black Bodies — Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
- êmîcêtôcêt: Many Bloodlines — Theola Ross
- Foam (Écume) — Omar Elhamy
- How to Be At Home — Andrea Dorfman
- Scars — Alex Anna
- Sing Me a Lullaby — Tiffany Hsiung
- Stump the Guesser — Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson
2020 Toronto International Film Festival Canada's Top Ten articles: 17
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