If you’ve ever been to the Toronto International Film Festival, you undoubtedly found yourself buried under the immense number of films to choose from. For the 2017 edition of the festival though that will be changing, as they announced this morning that were reducing the overall number of films by 20%.
The artistic director of TIFF, Cameron Bailey, said in a released statement that “As we build on the success of the Festival’s past four decades, we’re challenged to balance providing a generous
choice of movies for over 400,000 festival-goers with maintaining strong curatorial focus. For 2017 we’re offering a refreshed, more tightly curated edition.”
TIFF 2016 was one of the most successful films festival of the year, in that they introduced more awards season favourites than any other festival. “This week we celebrate La La Land, Moonlight, Lion, Arrival, Hidden Figures, Manchester By the Sea, I Am Not Your Negro, Jackie, Toni Erdmann, The Salesman and all the other Oscar-nominated films showcased last September in Toronto,” Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF said in a statement. “As we look forward to this year’s Festival, we’re finding new ways to select the best of the year for our audiences and enhance the experience for our industry and media delegates.”
In was also announced that the festival would be retiring the Vanguard and City to City sections, and that several of the fan favourite programs such as In Conversation With…, The Gala Presentations and Midnight Madness would be returning. Over all there are 14 diverse programs that will be run during the festival, by a programming team of 22.
The Toronto Internation Film Festival, 2017 edition, is on from September 7th to the 17th.