Toronto International Film Festival 2019 is almost here and we’re as excited for one of the biggest cinematic festivals as you all are. Celebrated as one of the most prestigious film festivals held in Toronto, Canada, the festival is regarded as one of the ideal platforms for filmmakers around the world to launch their careers and premiere their new work. The festival has been described as the most important film festivals in the world, the largest, the most influential and the most inclusive.
About Toronto International Film Festival 2019
Toronto International Film Festival is recognized as one of the most prestigious film festivals of all time in the world where filmmakers, film enthusiasts, industry professionals, and media all unite for one thing and that is the love for cinema. These industry professionals all sit under one umbrella and watch the best in new cinema unfold in front of their eyes as the screening takes place on a set of dates. Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality, preference is given to premieres. The festival unites enthusiastic audiences and filmmakers that come together to exchange ideas about art and the business of filmmaking. The main purpose behind the festival is to create awareness and encourage love and understanding for cinema, the mission of Toronto International Film Festival is to screen the best of low-budget independent films from around the world, it is a celebration of talented filmmakers working on a shoe-string budget.
History Of Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival held annually in Toronto in September was founded in 1976 as the Festival of Festivals, with the purpose of screening movies from other film festivals, and has since become one of the largest film festivals in the world that portrays an array of films curated by talented filmmakers from Canada and around the world. It is one of the most prestigious gatherings for a whole bunch of film talent. The festival is particularly for promoting new films and low-budget films. It provides a platform for exceptional filmmakers to showcase their talent and honour their work.
Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Lineup
The lineup is here and it looks like a wide range of applauding films including the likes of Mister Rogers movie ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, prestige plays like Cannes-winner Parasite, and dark supervillain fare like Joker, starring Joaquin Phoenix as Gotham’s bad guy. Let us have a look at some of the highlights and key acts at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
- Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in Beautiful Day
- Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy
- Cynthia Erivo playing Harriet Tubman in the Harriet
- Shia Lebeouf’s life story starring Lucas Hedges in Honey Boy
- Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas starring in The Laundromat
- Banderas takes the center stage in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory which some prognosticators also think might be his ticket Oscar nomination.
- Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort in a long-awaited adaptation of The Goldfinch
- Annette Bening and Adam Driver in the political drama The Report
- Matt Damon and Christian Bale in the race car epic Ford v Ferrari
- Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in the stripper scam story Hustlers
- Scarlett Johansson starring in Marriage Story
- Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson starring in The Lighthouse
- Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix
To know the entire lineup you can check out their website here.
Toronto International Film Festival 2019 Dates
This year’s Toronto International Film Festival takes place from September 5 to September 15, 2019. It runs for the entire duration of 10 days and screens about 300 to 400 films from around the globe. The opening gala has been announced as the documentary film Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, directed by Daniel Roher and will close with a screening of biographical film Radioactive, directed by Marjane Satrapi. It has an average of more than 250,000 attendees who come to celebrate their love for cinema.
Toronto International Film Festival Submissions
Submissions are open on a rolling basis year-round. Submissions for Toronto International Film Festival 2020 will open in February. All submissions are to be made via Withoutabox, you can check out the website here.
Toronto International Film Festival Tickets
To avoid the long queues at the venue, buy your tickets in advance online through the official website. Tickets go on sale to the public on September 2 at 10 am. Pre-sales begin on August 23rd and August 31 for all other member levels. To get your preferred seat at a general admission venue, the best time to show up is an hour before the screening start time.
Tiered pricing for venues with assigned seating
Regular – $19-43
Premium – $26-83
Pricing for venues without assigned seating
Regular (evenings & weekends) – $29-36
Weekday Daytime (Adult) – $19-26
Weekday Daytime (Under 25) – $11
Premium – $53-60
Rush tickets are $25 (Regular) and $45 (Premium), when available.
To buy the tickets check out their website.
If you call yourself a film enthusiast then buy your tickets to the most prestigious film festivals in the world and tour the city of Toronto while you’re at it. The Toronto International Film Festival tickets go on sale on September 2 at 10 am, make sure you book them in advance to not miss a chance and experience the festival to witness your favorite stars come alive in front of you!