Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Major Awards At The Annual Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) of Canada was founded in 1976. And it is now one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting over 480,000 people annually to the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a dynamic centre for film culture that offers film lovers a world-class cinema experience including new releases, live one-of-a-kind film events and an interactive gallery.
TIFF is rated the second most important international film festival in the world after the annual Cannes Film Festival of France which is the numero uno or I prefer to call the "Queen of all film festivals" on planet earth.

There are laurels to be won by filmmakers.
Apart from the major non-juried Grolsch People’s Choice Award given to a feature-length film with the highest ratings as voted by the TIFF-going populace, there are other laurels to be won and they are the following.
Canadian awards
Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian Film
Toronto International Film Festival Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film.

TIFF also presents seven other awards for People's Choice Best Documentary, People's Choice Best Midnight Madness film, Best Canadian First Feature, Best Canadian Short Film, Best International Short Film.

The International Federation of Film Critics ( FIPRESCI) Awards for the Discovery Program, Special Presentations and NETPAC for world or international Asian film premiere.

In 2015, the Festival introduced Platform, the juried programme that champions director’s cinema from around the world.

The 2016 City to City program of TIFF focused on Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria and Africa's largest megacity
“Vital, complex and inspiring, Lagos is entirely unique,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival and curator of the City to City program. “The city of Fela Kuti’s music has also given birth to one of the world’s most vibrant film industries."

This is the 8th year for the City to City program, which showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programs include London, Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Athens and Seoul.

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~ By Michael Chima Ekenyerengozi | IndieWire
Ekenyerengozi Michael Chima is the Publisher/Editor of the Nollywood Mirror®  series and producer/director of the "Lagos in Motion: Sights and Sounds of Africa's Largest Megacity" documentary film with the photo book edition distributed worldwide by Amazon.

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