It's that time of year again as festival and awards season concurrently kick-off with what is essentially one of the largest international film festivals on the globe, the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF), this year celebrating its 39th year as one of the festivals where some of the noteworthy awards films will premiere.
Everything from Kathryn Bigelow's The Hurt Locker
to Paul Haggis' Crash
to The King's Speech
and Silver Linings Playbook
and others have had their debuts in Toronto in early September before going on to Oscar gold. Sure, some of them played a couple days before at the Telluride Film Festival, but that's as much or more for industry people than regular moviegoers at this point. We shouldn't forget that many of the Toronto People's Choice Award
winners went on to fare just as well among Academy voters, movies like last year's winner 12 Years a Slave
The biggest hurdle with going to TIFF is that there are often so many movies one will want to see that choices have to be made and it's impossible to see them all. This year, there are over 80 movies playing at TIFF that I want to see and only about a third (or less) of those already have distribution and release dates in place. As in past years, there will be a number of movies I only discover or find out about while at the festival.