About the Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) ranks among the most prestigious international film festivals in the world. For ten days, film lovers, filmmakers, industry professionals and media watch the best in new cinema from established masters and new talent.

The Toronto International Film Festival...

  • Presents one of the world's largest annual showcases of Canadian film with the Canada First!, Short Cuts Canada and  Canadian Open Vault programmes.
  • received 4,156 submissions and screened 349 films (2007 figures).
  • has 19 programmes in which films from 55 countries are screened (2007 figures).
  • presents two public screenings of virtually every invited film and at least one screening for press and industry.
  • accredits over 1,000 international media.
  • attracts thousands of Canadian and international industry delegates.

As one of the world’s most important cultural events, TIFF consistently strives to set the standard for excellence in film programming. Audiences are exposed to the work of emerging talent and masters of the cinema craft from around the world.

The Festival also serves as a platform for this country’s artists to share their stories. Audacious in its selection and supported by the strength and intelligence of its international audience, TIFF has become the landmark destination for the moving image - and is forging ahead, seeking new ways to engineer creative and cultural discovery through film.

The level of engagement the Festival sustains from year to year is unique. Enthusiastic audiences and filmmakers are privy to unprecedented levels of access to one another as they exchange ideas about the art and business of filmmaking.

Up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers gain unparalleled insight into the workings of the international market. Media from around the globe converge on the Festival, creating buzz and stirring excitement over films and the talent behind them. Film buyers and other industry professionals, meanwhile, can choose from extensive additional screenings and specialized industry programming that empower them to make informed business decisions for days and months ahead. The Festival also provides excellent resources and networking opportunities for film-industry professionals and buyers.

From the efficiency and dedication of the Festival’s staff and volunteers to its vast contribution to the culture and economy of the City of Toronto, the Toronto International Film Festival has earned its long-standing reputation as a leader in the international film community.