About TIFF '21

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TIFF 2021: September 9–18

Our in-person and digital Festival features exciting films, special events, talks, tributes, and interactive experiences

The 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival features 10 days of exceptional international and Canadian cinema with close to 200 films in its Official Selection, unparalleled events featuring acclaimed industry guests, and TIFF’s Industry Conference. Recognized as the world’s largest public film festival, TIFF is bringing the theatrical experience back to life and continues its reputation as both a leader in amplifying under-represented cinematic voices and a bellwether for programming award-winning films from around the globe.

Experience TIFF in person with single tickets to in-cinema, drive-in, and open-air cinema screenings and from home with tickets for TIFF’s digital film screenings, available across Canada. All details are available at tiff.net/tickets.

Information about Industry registration for this year’s Festival (September 9–18) and Industry Conference (September 9–13) can be found at tiff.net/industry-accreditation.

In-person screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre, and Festival Village at the iconic Ontario Place punctuate this year’s Festival. Festival Village at Ontario Place comprises the Cinesphere IMAX Theatre, the Visa Skyline Drive-in, the RBC Lakeside Drive-In, and the West Island Open Air Cinema. TIFF 2021 highlights also include screenings across Canada, and the return of the digital TIFF Bell Lightbox and TIFF Bell Digital Talks platforms.

The Festival’s public digital experience is presented by Bell, with film screenings on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox available across Canada. In Conversation With… talks and interactive Q&A sessions with actors and creators will be hosted on TIFF Bell Digital Talks, available worldwide. To increase the accessibility of the Festival, all films screened digitally will be closed-captioned.

The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will be co-produced by Bell Media Studios and for the second straight year will be broadcast nationally by CTV and streamed internationally by Variety. This year, the Tribute Awards event and fundraiser will honour Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, Denis Villeneuve, and Alanis Obomsawin with more honourees to follow in the coming weeks. Past recipients of the Tribute Awards have gone on to win awards on the international stage such as Chloé Zhao, Mati Diop, Joaquin Phoenix, Tracey Deer, Taika Waititi, and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Details available at: tiff.net/tiff-tribute-awards

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

TIFF Film Circuit is presented in partnership with Telefilm Canada and supported by Ontario Creates.

Festival Awards

People's Choice Award

A long-standing tradition at TIFF, the People’s Choice Awards is marking its 44th year. The awards consist of the People’s Choice Award, the People’s Choice Documentary Award, and the People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award. Audiences watching films at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Festival Village at Ontario Place venues — including the Cinesphere, the Visa Skyline Drive-In, the RBC Lakeview Drive-In, and the West Island Open Air Cinema — and Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, and at home on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox, will have the opportunity to vote online this year. All feature films in Official Selection must screen both in-person and on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox to be eligible.

2021 Winners

People’s Choice Award: Belfast, dir. Kenneth Branangh

First Runner Up: Scarborough, dirs. Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson
Second Runner Up: The Power of the Dog, dir. Jane Campion

People’s Choice Documentary Award: The Rescue, dirs. E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

First Runner Up: Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, dirs. Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner
Second Runner Up: Flee, dir. Jonas Poher Rasmussen

People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award: Titane, dir. Julia Ducournau

First Runner Up: You Are Not My Mother, dir. Kate Dolan
Second Runner Up: DASHCAM, dir. Rob Savage

Platform Prize

Named after Jia Zhang-ke’s groundbreaking film, Platform spotlights films with high artistic merit and strong directorial vision. All films in the Platform programme are eligible for this award, which will be selected by an international jury.

2021 Platform Prize Recipient

Yuni, dir. Kamila Andini

Honourable mention: Mlungu Wam (Good Madam), dir. Jenna Cato Bass

Platform Jury President
Riz Ahmed

Riz Ahmed is an Academy Award nominated actor, writer, producer, and musician, as well as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People (listed in 2017). Themes of inclusion and representation run throughout Riz's work as a creator and activist, from his roles in projects such as Sound of Metal, The Night Of, and Mogul Mowgli, to his essay in Nikesh Shukla's “The Good Immigrant,” his 2017 address to Parliament on diversity in the creative industries, and his appointment to the Mayor of London's 2021 Commission for Diversity in the Public Realm. Next up, Riz will star in Amazon Studios’ sci-fi thriller Encounter, alongside Octavia Spencer.

Whether he's using his power as a producer to bring refugee narratives to our screens via his production company, Left Handed Film, writing about the inequalities of the COVID pandemic as contributing editor of British Vogue, or exploring Britishness through his critically acclaimed music release The Long Goodbye, the Gold List A100 honouree is driven by a mission to stretch culture, reimagine our narratives and landscapes of belonging, and include rather than divide.

Platform Jury
Clio Barnard

Clio Barnard is from Yorkshire, England, where she grew up near the city of Bradford. She studied fine art at Northumbria University before directing the shorts Lambeth Marsh (00), Random Acts of Intimacy (02), and Flood (03), and the feature The Arbor (10). Her features The Selfish Giant (13) and Dark River (17) played the Festival, the latter in the Platform section. Ali & Ava (21) is her latest film.

Currently she is in pre-production with the eagerly anticipated period television adaptation of The Essex Serpent for See-Saw Films and Apple TV+.

Platform Jury
Kazik Radwanski

Born in 1985 in Toronto, Kazik Radwanski co-founded the production company MDFF in 2008. His short films screened at the Berlinale Shorts Competition for three consecutive years between 2009 and 2011. In 2012, Radwanski directed his first feature film, Tower, which had its world premiere at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival. The film went on to screen at numerous festivals including TIFF, the Viennale, and New Directors/ New Films presented by MoMA. His second feature, How Heavy This Hammer, premiered at TIFF in 2015 and had its international premiere at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. His short film Scaffold (17) screened at over 30 international festivals including Locarno, TIFF, and the New York Film Festival.

Platform Jury
Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen is a writer, director, and producer from Singapore, based in London. Trained at film school in Singapore and then at the National Film and Television School in the UK, he is the first Singaporean to be awarded at Cannes, for his 2007 short film Ah Ma.

After a string of award-winning shorts, his debut feature Ilo Ilo (13), premiered at the 66th Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the prestigious Camera d’Or, making history again as the first Singapore feature to be awarded at Cannes. Ilo Ilo went on to win 40 awards internationally. The film became the most successful arthouse film in the history of Singapore cinema, both commercially and critically.

Chen’s sophomore film, Wet Season (19), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was once again critically lauded, garnering multiple awards. It was Singapore’s submission to the Academy Awards for Best International Film.

Platform Jury
Valerie Complex

Valerie Complex, is the new nights and weekend editor for DEADLINE, but has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Harper’s Baazar, Elle and many others. As a lover of Japanese animation, comics, and all things film, she is passionate about equality and equity across all entertainment mediums.

Amplify Voices Awards presented by Canada Goose

Presented by Canada Goose, the Amplify Voices Awards celebrate the three best feature films made by under-represented filmmakers. Canada Goose embraces diversity in all of its forms and definitions, including technique and passion that transports storytelling to screen. All feature films in Official Selection by emerging BIPOC and all Canadian features are eligible for this award, and the three winners will receive $10,000 each.

2021 Amplify Voices Awards Winners

Amplify Voices Award for Best Canadian Feature Film: Ste. Anne, dir. Rhayne Vermette

Special Mention: Scarborough, dirs. Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson

Amplify Voices Award: The Gravedigger’s Wife, dir. Khadar Ayderus Ahmed

Amplify Voices Award: A Night of Knowing Nothing, dir. Payal Kapadia

Jury

Jury Member
Yung Chang
Jury Member
Hugh Gibson
Jury Member
Kaniehtiio Horn
Jury Member
Aisha Jamal
Jury Member
Calvin Thomas

IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards

Films in the Short Cuts programme are eligible for three jury-selected IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards: Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and the Share Her Journey Award for best film by a woman. These awards build on IMDbPro’s nearly 20-year history of empowering entertainment professionals to discover new talent and projects, and on its ongoing commitment to supporting and collaborating with organizations that create greater diversity, equity, and inclusion in the entertainment industry. IMDbPro will provide each of the three winners with a bursary of $10,000 CAD and a one-year membership to IMDbPro, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, to help them continue achieving success in their careers.

2021 IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards Winners

IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Film: Displaced / Pa Vend, dir. Samir Karahoda

Honourable mention: Trumpets in the Sky, dir. Rakan Mayasi

IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film: Angakusajaujuq: The Shaman's Apprentice / Angakusajaujuq, dir. Zacharias Kunuk

Honourable mention: Nuisance Bear, dirs. Jack Weisman, Gabriela Osio Vanden

IMDbPro Short Cuts Share Her Journey Award: ASTEL, dir. Ramata-Toulaye Sy

Honourable mention: Love, Dad, dir. Diana Cam Van Nguyen

Jury

Jury Member
Nicole Delaney
Jury Member
Tiffany Hsiung
Jury Member
Sudeep Sharma

Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award

Presented by the Shawn Mendes Foundation, the 2021 Changemaker Award is presented to an emerging filmmaker at the Festival whose work tackles issues of social change. The winning film is selected by TIFF’s Next Wave Committee, a group of young film lovers who recognize cinema’s power to transform the world. The Shawn Mendes Foundation is making an annual contribution in support of TIFF Next Wave, helping TIFF deliver key initiatives to elevate young voices.

2021 Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award Winner

Scarborough, dir. Shasha Nakhai and Rich Williamson

NETPAC Award

Presented by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Pacific Cinema, the NETPAC Award recognizes films specifically from the Asian and Pacific regions. The jury consists of three members of the international community selected by TIFF and NETPAC, who award the prize to the best Asian film by a first- or second-time feature director.

2021 NETPAC Award Winner

Costa Brava, Lebanon, dir. Mounia Akl

Jury

Jury Member
Gemma Cubero del Barrio
Jury Member
Isabelle Glachant
Jury Member
Elhum Shakerifar

FIPRESCI Prize

The FIPRESCI Prize is presented by an international jury selected by the International Federation of Film Critics. Founded in 1930, the Federation is an organization of professional film critics and film journalists for the promotion and development of film culture, and the safeguarding of professional interests. The Federation awards the prize at international film festivals and film festivals of particular importance to promote film-art and to encourage new and young cinema.

2021 FIPRESCI Prize Recipient

Anatolian Leopard, dir. Emre Kayiş

Jury

Jury Member
Andrew Kendall
Jury Member
Esin Kücüktepepinar
Jury Member
Caspar Salmon
Jury Member
Gilbert Seah
Jury Member
Teresa Vena

Past Winners

People’s Choice Awards
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Nomadland
Chloé Zhao
USA
2020
Jojo Rabbit
Taika Waititi
USA
2019
Green Book
Peter Farrelly
USA
2018
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Martin McDonagh
USA
2017
La La Land
Damien Chazelle
USA
2016
Room
Lenny Abrahamson
Ireland / Canada
2015
The Imitation Game
Morten Tyldum
USA / United Kingdom
2014
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen
USA
2013
Silver Linings Playbook
David O. Russell
USA
2012
Where Do We Go Now?
Nadine Labaki
France / Lebanon / Italy / Egypt
2011
The King’s Speech
Tom Hooper
United Kingdom / Australia
2010
Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire
Lee Daniels
USA
2009
Slumdog Millionaire
Danny Boyle
United Kingdom
2008
Eastern Promises
David Cronenberg
Canada / UK
2007
Bella
Alejandro Gómez Monteverde
USA
2006
Tsotsi
Gavin Hood
United Kingdom / South Africa
2005
Hotel Rwanda
Terry George
United Kingdom / South Africa / Italy
2004
Zatoichi
Takeshi Kitano
Japan
2003
Whale Rider
Niki Caro
New Zealand / Germany
2002
Amélie
Jean-Pierre Jeunet
France
2001
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Ang Lee
Taiwan
2000
American Beauty
Sam Mendes
USA
1999
Life is Beautiful
Roberto Benigni
Italy
1998
The Hanging Garden
Thom Fitzgerald
Canada
1997
Shine
Scott Hicks
Australia / United Kingdom
1996
Antonia's Line
Marleen Gorris
Netherlands / Belgium / United Kingdom
1995
Priest
Antonia Bird
United Kingdom
1994
The Snapper
Stephen Frears
United Kingdom
1993
Strictly Ballroom
Baz Luhrmann
Australia
1992
The Fisher King
Terry Gilliam
USA
1991
Cyrano de Bergerac
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
France
1990
Roger & Me
Michael Moore
USA
1989
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
Pedro Almodóvar
Spain
1988
The Princess Bride
Rob Reiner
USA
1987
Le Déclin de l'empire américain
Denys Arcand
Canada
1986
The Official Story
Luis Puenzo
Argentina
1985
Places in the Heart
Robert Benton
USA
1984
The Big Chill
Lawrence Kasdan
USA
1983
Tempest
Paul Mazursky
USA
1982
Chariots of Fire
Hugh Hudsony
United Kingdom
1981
Bad Timing
Nicolas Roeg
United Kingdom
1980
Best Boy
Ira Wohl
USA
1979
Girlfriends
Claudia Weill
USA
1978
People’s Choice Midnight Madness Award
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Shadow In The Cloud
Roseanne Liang
USA, New Zealand
2020
The Platform
Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Spain
2019
The Man Who Feels No Pain (Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota)
Vasan Bala
India
2018
Bodied
Joseph Kahn
USA
2017
Free Fire
Ben Wheatley
United Kingdom
2016
Hardcore
Ilya Naishuller
Russia/USA
2015
What We Do in The Shadows
Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
USA/New Zealand
2014
Why Don't You Play In Hell?
Sion Sono
Japan
2013
Seven Psychopaths
Martin McDonagh
USA/United Kingdom
2012
The Raid
Gareth Evans
Indonesia
2011
Stake Land
Jim Mickle
USA
2010
The Loved Ones
Sean Byrne
Australia
2009
People’s Choice Documentary Award
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Inconvenient Indian
Michelle Latimer
Canada
2020
The Cave
Feras Fayyad
Syria, Denmark, Germany, USA, Qatar
2019
Free Solo
E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin
USA
2018
Faces Places
Agnès Varda and JR
France
2017
I Am Not Your Negro
Raoul Peck
USA
2016
Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom
Evgeny Afineevsky
Ukraine/USA/United Kingdom
2015
Beats of the Antonov
Hajooj Kuka
Sudan/South Africa
2014
The Square
Jehane Noujaim
Egypt/USA
2013
Artifact
Bartholomew Cubbins
USA
2012
The Island President
Jon Shenk
USA
2011
Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
Sturla Gunnarsson
Canada
2010
The Topp Twins
Leanne Pooley
New Zealand
2009
Best Canadian First Feature Film
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
The Twentieth Century
Matthew Rankin
Canada
2019
Roads in February (Les routes en février)
Katherine Jerkovic
Canada
2018
Luk' Luk'l
Wayne Wapeemukwa
Canada
2017
Old Stone (Lao shi)
Johnny Ma
Canada / China
2016
Sleeping Giant
Andrew Cividino
Canada
2015
Bang Bang Baby
Jeffrey St. Jules
Canada
2014
Asphalt Watches
Shayne Ehman, Seth Scriver
Canada
2013
Antiviral
Blackbird
Brandon Cronenberg
Jason Buxton
Canada
2012
Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster
Nathan Morlando
Canada
2011
The High Cost of Living
Deborah Chow
Canada
2010
The Wild Hunt
Alexandre Franchi
Canada
2009
Before Tomorrow
Marie-Hélène Cousineau, Madeline Piujuq Ivalu
Canada
2008
Continental, un film sans fusil
Stéphane Lafleur
Canada
2007
Sur la trace d'Igor Rizzi
Nöel Mitrani
Canada
2006
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico
Louise Archambault, Michael Mabbott
Canada
2005
La Peau blanche
Daniel Roby
Canada
2004
Love, Sex and Eating the Bones
Sudz Sutherland
Canada
2003
Marion Bridge
Wiebke von Carolsfeld
Canada
2002
Inertia
Sean Garrity
Canada
2001
La moitié gauche du frigo
Philippe Falardeau
Canada
2000
Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the ‘70s Generation
Catherine Annau
Canada
1999
Last Night
Don McKellar
Canada
1998
Cube
Vincenzo Natali
Canada
1997
Best Canadian Feature Film
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Inconvenient Indian
Michelle Latimer
Canada
2020
Antigone
Sophie Deraspe
Canada
2019
The Fireflies Are Gone (La disparition des lucioles)
Sébastien Pilote
Canada
2018
Les Affamés
Robin Aubert
Canada
2017
Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau
Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie
Canada
2016
Closet Monster
Stephen Dunn
Canada
2015
Félix et Meira
Maxime Giroux
Canada
2014
When Jews Were Funny
Alan Zweig
Canada
2013
Laurence Anyways
Xavier Dolan
Canada / France
2012
Monsieur Lazhar
Philippe Falardeau
Canada
2011
Cairo Time
Ruba Nadda
Canada
2009
Lost Song
Rodrigue Jean
Canada
2008
My Winnipeg
Guy Maddin
Canada
2007
Manufactured Landscapes
Jennifer Baichwal
Canada
2006
C.R.A.Z.Y.
Jean-Marc Vallée
Canada
2005
It's All Gone Pete Tong
Michael Dowse
Canada
2004
Les Invasions barbares
Denys Arcand
Canada
2003
Spider
David Cronenberg
Canada
2002
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner
Zacharias Kunuk
Canada
2001
Waydowntown
Gary Burns
Canada
2000
The Five Senses
Jeremy Podeswa
Canada
1999
Robert Lepage
Canada
1998
The Hanging Garden The Sweet Hereafter
Thom Fitzgerald, Atom Egoyan
Canada
1997
Long Day’s Journey Into The Night
David Wellington
Canada
1996
Live Bait
Bruce Sweeney
Canada
1995
Exotica
Atom Egoyan
Canada
1994
Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance
Alanis Obomsawin
Canada
1993
Requiem pour un beau sans-coeur
Robert Morin
Canada
1992
The Adjuster
Atom Egoyan
Canada
1991
Excellence in Canadian Production
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
H
Darrell Wasyk
Canada
1990
Roadkill
Bruce McDonald
Canada
1989
The Outside Chance Of Maximilian Glick
Allan Goldstein
Canada
1988
Family Viewing
Atom Egoyan
Canada
1987
Le Déclin de l'empire américain
Denys Arcand
Canada
1986
Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks
Donald Brittain
Canada
1985
La Femme de l'hôtel
Léa Pool
Canada
1984
Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Benjamin, Benny, Ben
Paul Shkordoff
Canada
2020
Delphine
Chloé Robichaud
Canada
2019
Brotherhood
Meryam Joobeur
Canada
2018
Pre-Drink
Marc-Antoine Lemire
Canada
2017
Mutants
Alexandre Dostie
Canada
2016
Overpass
Patrice Laliberté
Canada
2015
The Weatherman and The Shadowboxer
Randall Okita
Canada
2014
Noah
Walter Woodman, Patrick Cederberg
Canada
2013
Keep a Modest Head
Deco Dawson
Canada
2012
Doubles With Slight Pepper
Ian Harnarine
Canada
2011
Les Fleurs de l'âge
Vincent Biron
Canada
2010
Danse Macabre
Pedro Pires
Canada
2009
Block B
Chris Chong Chan Fui
Malaysia/​Canada
2008
Pool
Chris Chong Chan Fui
Canada
2007
Les Jours
Maxime Giroux
Canada
2006
Big Girl
Renuka Jeyapalan
Canada
2005
Man Feel Pain
Dylan Akio Smith
Canada
2004
Aspiration
Constant Mentzas
Canada
2003
Blue Skies
Ann Marie Fleming
Canada
2002
Film(dzama)
Deco Dawson
Canada
2001
Le Chapeau
Michèle Cournoyer
Canada
2000
Décharge
Patrick Demers
Canada
1999
When Ponds Freeze Over
Mary Lewis
Canada
1998
Cotton Candy
Roshell Bissett
Canada
1997
Letters From Home
Mike Hoolboom
Canada
1996
Reconstruction
Laurence Green
Canada
1995
Frank's Cock
Mike Hoolboom
Canada
1994
Save My Lost Nigga' Soul
Clement Virgo
Canada
1993
Les Sauf-conduits
Manon Briand
Canada
1992
The Making of "Monsters"
John Greyson
Canada
1991
Shaggie
Janis Cole
Canada
1990
Stealing Images
Alan Zweig
Canada
1989
Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Dustin
Naïla Guiguet
France
2020
All Cats Are Grey in the Dark
Lasse Linder
Switzerland
2019
The Field
Sandhya Suri
France, United Kingdom, India
2018
The Burden (Min Börda)
Niki Lindroth von Bahr
Sweden
2017
Imago
Raymund Ribay Gutierrez
Philippines
2016
Maman(s)
Maïmouna Doucouré
France
2015
A Single Body
Sotiris Dounoukos
Australia/France
2014
Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Black Bodies
Kelly Fyffe-Marshall
Canada
2020
International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) – Special Presentation
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
How to Build a Girl
Coky Giedroyc
United Kingdom
2019
Skin
Guy Nattiv
USA
2018
The Motive (El Autor)
Manuel Martín Cuenca
Spain
2017
I Am Not Madame Bovary
Feng Xiaogang
China
2016
Desierto
Jonás Cuarón
Mexico/France
2015
Time Out of Mind
Oren Moverman
USA
2014
The First Man
Gianni Amelio
France/Algeria/Italy
2011
L'amour fou
Pierre Thoretton
France
2010
Ida
Pawel Pawlikowski
Poland
2013
Dans la maison
François Ozon
France
2012
Disgrace
Steve Jacobs
Australia
2008
Hadewijch
Bruno Dumont
France
2009
International Critics’ Prize (FIPRESCI Prize) – Discovery
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Beginning
Dea Kulumbegashvili
Georgia, France
2020
Murmur
Heather Young
Canada
2019
Float Like a Butterfly
Carmel Winters
Ireland
2018
Ava
Sadaf Foroughi
Iran/Canada/Qatar
2017
Kati Kati
Mbithi Masya
Kenya/Germany
2016
Eva Nová
Marko Skop
Slovakia
2015
May Allah Bless France!
Abd Al Malik
France
2014
The Amazing Catfish
Claudia Sainte-Luce
Mexico
2013
All The Wrong Reasons
Gia Milani
Canada
2013
Call Girl
Mikael Marcimain
Sweden/Ireland/Norway/Finland
2012
Detroit Unleaded
Rola Nashef
USA
2012
Avalon
Axel Petersén
Sweden
2011
Beautiful Boy
Shawn Ku
USA
2010
The Man Beyond The Bridge
Laxmikant Shetgaonkar
India
2009
Lymelife
Derick Martini
USA
2008
Hunger
Steve McQueen
United Kingdom
2008
La Zona
Rodrigo Plá
Spain/​Mexico
2007
Cochochi
Israel Càrdenas, Laura Amelia Guzmàn
Mexico/​United Kingdom/​Canada
2007
Death of a President
Gabriel Range
United Kingdom
2006
Reprise
Joachim Trier
Norway
2006
Look Both Ways
Sarah Watt
Australia
2005
Omagh
Pete Travis
Ireland/​United Kingdom
2004
Rhinoceros Eyes
Aaron Woodley
USA
2003
The Magdalene Sisters
Peter Mullan
United Kingdom/Ireland
2002
Chicken Rice War
CheeK
Singapore
2001
George Washington 101 Reykjavãk
David Gordon Green, Baltasar Kormákur
USA/​Iceland/​Norway/ Denmark/​France
2000
Goat On Fire And Smiling Fish
Kevin Jordan
USA
1999
NETPAC
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Gaza mon amour
Tarzan Nasser and Arab Nasser
Palestine, France, Germany, Portugal, Qatar
2020
1982
Oualid Mouaness
USA, Lebanon, Norway, Qatar
2019
The Third Wife
Ash Mayfair
Vietnam
2018
The Great Buddha+
Huang Hsin-Yao
Taiwan
2017
In Between
Maysaloun Hamoud
Israel/France
2016
The Whispering Star
Sion Sono
Japan
2015
Margarita, with a Straw
Shonali Bose
India
2014
Qissa
Anup Singh
Germany/India/Netherlands/France
2013
The Land of Hope
Sion Sono
Japan
2012
Artistic Innovation
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Encarnación
Anahí Berneri
Argentina
2007
Platform Prize
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Award not presented, due to the reduced program in light of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada.
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2020
Martin Eden
Pietro Marcello
Italy, France
2019
Cities of Last Things
Wi Ding Ho
Taiwan, China, USA, France
2018
Sweet Country
Warwick Thornton
Australia
2017
Jackie
Pablo Larraín
United Kingdom
2016
Hurt
Alan Zweig
Canada
2015
Cultural Innovation
Title
Director
Country of Production
Year
Takva: A Man's Fear of God
Özer Kiziltan
Turkey/​Germany
2006


TIFF Tribute Awards

Saturday, September 18
7pm ET, 8pm AT on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app in Canada
Streamed internationally by Variety

The TIFF Tribute Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognizing leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator. The Awards also serve as TIFF’s largest annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programmes and core mission to transform the way people see the world through film. This year’s event will raise funds for TIFF’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative and champion a safe, community-focused, and inspiring return to cinemas.

The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards show is co-produced by Bell Media Studios.

Audiences will be able to tune in to the 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards on Saturday, September 18 at 7pm ET, 8pm AT on CTV, CTV.ca and the CTV app in Canada, on the final day of the 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. The broadcast will also be streamed to a global audience by Variety.

New this year: The People’s Choice Award and the Platform Jury Prize will be broadcast live during the event. Read more about other Festival Awards here.

The 2021 TIFF Tribute Award recipients are:

Jessica Chastain
TIFF Tribute Actor Award supported by the Tory Family
Benedict Cumberbatch
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Denis Villeneuve
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Alanis Obomsawin
Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media supported by Participant Media
Danis Goulet
TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by L’Oréal Paris and supported by MGM
Ari Wegner
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Dionne Warwick
TIFF Special Tribute Award

In 2020, the TIFF Tribute Awards celebrated the remarkable talents and contributions of Mira Nair, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Kate Winslet, Chloé Zhao, Terence Blanchard, and Tracey Deer, some of whom went on to win awards on the international stage.

The 2020 TIFF Tribute Award recipients included:

Kate Winslet
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Sir Anthony Hopkins
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Chloé Zhao
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Terence Blanchard
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Tracey Deer
TIFF Emerging Talent Award presented by L'Oréal Paris and supported by MGM
Mira Nair
Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media supported by Participant Media

The 2019 TIFF Tribute Award recipients included:

Meryl Streep
TIFF Tribute Actor Award sponsored by RBC
Joaquin Phoenix
TIFF Tribute Actor Award
Taika Waititi
TIFF Ebert Director Award
Roger Deakins
TIFF Variety Artisan Award
Mati Diop
TIFF Emerging Talent Award supported by MGM (formerly TIFF Mary Pickford Award)
Participant Media
TIFF Impact Award (accepted by Jeff Skoll and David Linde)
David Foster
TIFF Special Tribute

Festival Covid-19 Protocols

As of September 7, 2021. Please note that TIFF may change these protocols at any time to protect the health and safety of all of its audiences in accordance with government guidelines and legal allowances.

As we look forward to welcoming public audiences, talent, press, and industry back to the Toronto International Film Festival and the city of Toronto, we are working closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe opening of our TIFF Festival venues. In order to mitigate risk to audiences and guests attending TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival has put in place the following health and safety protocols. To assist those travelling to Canada, we are also providing an overview of information about vaccination rates and Government of Canada requirements to enter the country.

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Government Information and Vaccination Rates

Canada has taken a characteristically cautious approach throughout the pandemic, which has allowed us to reach a point of safety conducive to hosting an international festival. We reopened slowly, allowing time to reach a high vaccination rate, while still maintaining general COVID-19 safety protocols, including indoor masking and social distancing.

In Toronto, we have now reached Ontario’s Stage 3 of reopening, which allows for the Festival to take place in person while still mitigating risks. Canada is one of the safest places to visit, with the lowest case rate per 100,000 in the North America. Weekly case counts data is available on the City of Toronto’s COVID-19 webpage.

As of September 7, 76.9% of Canada’s eligible population is fully vaccinated, one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Toronto boasts one of the highest percentages of fully vaccinated citizens in North America with 77% of the eligible population completed as of the same date.

The Government of Canada opened its borders to non-essential travel from US citizens and permanent residents on August 9 and intends to open to citizens of any country on September 7, provided that:

  • The domestic epidemiologic situation remains favourable
  • Visitors have been fully vaccinated with Government of Canada–approved vaccines (Moderna, Pfizer-BioNTech, Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD) at least 14 days prior to entering Canada

While quarantine is not required, travellers must also:

  • Meet the pre-entry test requirements
  • Provide a digital copy of vaccination documentation
  • Provide COVID-19–related information electronically through the ArriveCAN app prior to arrival in Canada
  • Provide a quarantine plan and be prepared to quarantine in case border agents determine they do not meet the necessary requirements
  • Be asymptomatic upon arrival
  • Participate in random COVID-19 testing

Those meeting these requirements can cross the border into Canada without having to quarantine, including the elimination of the three-night hotel quarantine policy. These government measures now in place will allow TIFF to welcome a portion of its traditional volume of international press, industry, and talent back to Toronto to be a part of the Festival. Additional Border information is available on the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.

TIFF continues to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe execution of the Festival, with its number-one priority being the health and well-being of both Festival audiences, talent, press and industry, and residents of the community.

To help ensure the safest possible experience, TIFF has once again partnered with Medcan, a global health care leader providing medical expertise, consultation, and health inspiration to achieve its mission to help people “Live Well, For Life.” Based on the pillars of evidence-based care, exceptional client service, and the latest in technology, Medcan’s team of over 90 physicians supports employee health care across the continuum of health, including its “Safe at Work System,” which helps organizations navigate the pandemic.


Public Audiences COVID-19 Protocols

Beginning on September 9, 2021, Festival staff, audience members or visitors entering TIFF Festival venues from September 9 to 18 will be required to either show proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to entering any TIFF venue.

TIFF Festival venues include TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, the Cinesphere Imax Theatre and the West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place. This protocol does not extend to the Visa Skyline Drive-In and RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place where audiences will be in their cars.

In addition to proof of COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID test, masks are required at all TIFF Festival venues. Audience members and visitors will not be permitted entry into the venue without a mask. Where an audience member or visitor is unable to wear a mask due to health reasons, TIFF will provide them with a face shield as an alternative. If the audience member or visitor does not wish to wear a face shield, they will be denied entry into the venue and will be given a refund for their ticket. At drive-ins and the open-air theatre, audience members will be required to wear masks when outside of their vehicle or seating pod.

Indoor theatres will open, at minimum, one hour prior to the start of the screening to reduce lineups and to allow for distanced entry into the venue. Drive-ins and the West Island Open Air Cinema will open two hours prior to screenings. Vehicles must be in their assigned parking spot 15 minutes prior to the screening start time. All audience members and visitors must exit the venue directly after the screening as directed by TIFF’s Front of House staff and ushers.

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof of negative COVID test within 48 hours of attendance is required to gain entry into Festival venues. Proof includes a vaccination receipt administered by Ontario Health or your local health care provider, OR results of a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) or Rapid Antigen test completed within 48 hours of the ticketed event. Proof can be in email form, on a mobile device, or via hard copy. The information must include your full name and the date of the vaccination or test. Ontario residents will have received confirmation of their first and second dose via email or mail. If confirmation was received by email, please search “Dose Administration” to find it on a mobile device; if received by mail, please bring a copy with you on the day and time of your event. For all other residents, please bring your version of this update. This might be a vaccine passport or card or an email from your province, state, or country.
  • Visitors from outside of Canada are already required to show evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter the country.
  • Anyone who is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, runny nose, tiredness, or shortness of breath, are NOT permitted to enter TIFF Festival venues.
  • There will be no printed tickets or passes; access to all TIFF Festival venues will require a mobile ticket.
  • There will be no rush ticketing or lineups at any TIFF Festival venues.
  • There will be no concessions sold at indoor TIFF Festival venues. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. The drive-ins are the exception.
  • At drive-ins, it is not permitted for any audience members to exchange items with another vehicle or to leave their vehicle for any reason, other than for concessions, to use the washroom, or in case of an emergency.
  • At the West Island Open Air Cinema, it is not permitted for any audience members to exchange items with anyone outside of their seating pod or to leave their section for any reason, other than for concessions, to use the washroom, or in case of an emergency.

We encourage audience members to wash and disinfect their hands often — especially before entering and exiting the venues, after contact with others, and after touching surfaces that others may have touched.

To help prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19, TIFF is committed to:

  • Providing access to hand sanitizers
  • Encouraging physical distancing
  • Wiping down and disinfecting surfaces
  • Conducting regular clearing in high-traffic areas

For any additional COVID-19 protocol–related questions, please contact TIFF Customer Relations at customerrelations@tiff.net.

TIFF Festival Venues & Events Information for Public Audiences

TIFF Festival venues include TIFF Bell Lightbox and marquee venues the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall, Scotiabank Theatre, and the Cinesphere IMAX Theatre at Ontario Place, plus outdoor screening venues at Ontario Place Festival Village, including the Visa Skyline Drive-In, the RBC Lakeside Drive-In, and the West Island Open Air Cinema.

Public digital screenings will be programmed on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox for the accessibility of Festival-goers, but are limited to Canadian audiences and to Festival time and date release windows (a four-hour window to watch films). The TIFF Bell Digital Talks platform will host a variety of Public talks, including the In Conversation With… talks series.


Talent, Rights Holders, Press and Industry COVID-19 Protocols

Beginning on September 9, 2021, Festival staff, audience members or visitors entering TIFF Festival venues from September 9 to 18 will be required to either show proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to entering any TIFF venue.

TIFF Festival venues include TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, the Cinesphere Imax Theatre and the West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place. This protocol does not extend to the Visa Skyline Drive-In and RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place where audiences will be in their cars.

Masks are required at all TIFF Festival venues. Audience members and visitors will not be permitted entry into the venue without a mask. Where an audience member or visitor is unable to wear a mask due to health reasons, TIFF will provide them with a face shield as an alternative. If the audience member or visitor does not wish to wear a face shield, they will be denied entry into the venue and will be given a refund for their ticket. At drive-ins and the open air theatre, audience members will be required to wear masks when outside of their vehicle or seating pod.

Indoor theatres will open, at minimum, one hour prior to the start of the screening to reduce lineups and to allow for distanced entry into the venue. Drive-ins and the West Island Open Air Cinema will open two hours prior to screenings. Vehicles must be in their assigned parking spot 15 minutes prior to the screening start time. All audience members and visitors must exit the venue directly after the screening as directed by TIFF’s Front of House staff and ushers.

  • Proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof of negative COVID test within 48 hours of attendance is required to gain entry into Festival venues. Proof includes a vaccine passport or card or an email from your province, state, or country, OR results of a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) or Rapid Antigen test completed within 48 hours of the ticketed event. Proof can be in email form, on a mobile device, or via hard copy. The information must include your full name and the date of the vaccination or test completion.
  • Visitors from outside of Canada are already required to show evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter the country.
  • Media outlets who are invited to attend red carpets and who will be interacting with talent on the carpet will be required to wear a mask, be tested every 48 hours and provide proof of a negative COVID test.
  • Anyone who is sick or has symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, runny nose, tiredness, or shortness of breath, are NOT permitted to enter TIFF Festival venues.
  • There will be no printed tickets or passes; access to all TIFF Festival venues will require a mobile ticket.
  • There will be no rush ticketing or lineups at any TIFF Festival venues.
  • There will be no concessions sold at indoor TIFF Festival venues. Outside food and beverages are not permitted. The drive-ins are the exception.
  • At drive-ins, it is not permitted for any audience members to exchange items with another vehicle or to leave their vehicle for any reason, other than for concessions, to use the washroom, or in case of an emergency.
  • At the West Island Open Air Cinema, it is not permitted for any audience members to exchange items with anyone outside of their seating pod or to leave their section for any reason, other than for concessions, to use the washroom, or in case of an emergency.

We encourage audience members to wash and disinfect their hands often — especially before entering and exiting the venues, after contact with others, and after touching surfaces that others may have touched.

To help prevent the spread and transmission of COVID-19, TIFF is committed to:

  • Providing access to hand sanitizers
  • Encouraging physical distancing
  • Wiping down and disinfecting surfaces
  • Conducting regular clearing in high-traffic areas

For any additional COVID-19 protocol–related questions from Talent, Rights-Holders, Press & Industry, please contact Laura Ryan, Vice President, Operations and Event Production at lryan@tiff.net.

TIFF Festival Venues & Events Information for Talent, Rights Holders, Press and Industry

As a result of the opening of the border and increased capacities in cinemas in Ontario, TIFF has added to its list of venues to accommodate a number of additional in-person Public and Press & Industry screenings.

TIFF Festival venues include TIFF Bell Lightbox and marquee venues the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall, Scotiabank Theatre, and the Cinesphere IMAX Theatre at Ontario Place, plus outdoor screening venues at Ontario Place Festival Village, including the Visa Skyline Drive-In, the RBC Lakeside Drive-In, and the West Island Open Air Cinema. Press & Industry screenings will be held at the Scotiabank Theatre and TIFF Bell Lightbox. Public in-person screenings will have limited Press & Industry access.

Films will be available to press and industry at TIFF Festival venues where government health and safety guidelines will be strictly enforced. Currently, those guidelines have social distancing measures in place, including a set capacity in each cinema, with masks required to be worn at all times.

Continuing to provide high-profile publicity opportunities, TIFF red carpets will take place inside Roy Thomson Hall and the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, and all government-mandated social distancing measures will be in place. Any step and repeats will have limited access and will take place indoors or in designated secure locations. Red-carpet access for media outlets will be by invitation only and will be extremely limited.

The TIFF Digital Cinema Pro platform will host digital Press & Industry screenings with a 48-hour screening window, as well as the TIFF Industry Selects and Market screenings for industry buyers. Films available to press and industry on TIFF Digital Cinema Pro will be accessible to delegates worldwide; however, some exceptions may occur where the film rights holders have not authorized an online screening in selected regions. The TIFF Bell Digital Talks platform will host a variety of Public and Press & Industry talks, including the In Conversation With… talks series, the Industry Conference, and press conferences.

Over 1,400 journalists have been accredited and we anticipate 4,000 members of the industry will be accredited for this year’s Festival.

While TIFF does not have any plans to host major parties, receptions or dinners for TIFF 2021, hosting of Festival-adjacent events and gatherings are allowed, while abiding by the government-mandated public health and social distancing measures.


Talent, Studios, and TIFF Executive Testing Protocols

TIFF will identify talent who will be in the country for more than 48 hours to do a PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) test and schedule them for a PCR test at our health care partner, Medcan, within 72 hours of their arrival and additionally every 48 hours until their departure. Talent will be required to wear a mask at all times at TIFF Festival venues and in TIFF-provided vehicles. The only exceptions include when talent are on the red carpet and on stage.

In addition to talent, TIFF Executives will be scheduled at Medcan for PCR testing every 48 hours. All staff at TIFF Festival venues with whom talent will have close interaction (TIFF photographers, TIFF drivers, TIFF venue liaisons, TIFF programmers, TIFF red carpet and TIFF backstage teams) will be required to take a Rapid Antigen Test every 48 hours with a negative result and wear a three-layered, non-medical mask. Wristbands will be provided to these staff members for clear identification.

These tests will be carried out free of charge with the option of transportation arranged by TIFF to and from the testing site.

Artistic teams are asked to arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled photo call time with proof of a negative PCR test. It is requested that the date of collection of the test be less than 48 hours prior so that the test can be valid for the duration of the public presentation of the film at the Festival.

Any person without a valid PCR test document will not be able to accompany the teams to present their film. Any person who, following a rapid nasopharyngeal PCR test, is found to be positive, will not be able to follow the teams to the presentation.

As an exception to the general rule to wear masks: during public appearances (camera calls, press conferences, red carpet, stage presentations, ceremonies) and exclusively at such times, artistic teams may, under the conditions defined in this document, remove their masks on condition that a minimum distance of two metres or six feet is observed indoors.

As the two-metre distance cannot be always respected in the green room or backstage due to the size of the stage, teams will have to:

  • Either limit the number of participants to four people, or Wear the mask to the greenroom, stage or red carpet and remove it only when speaking or posing for photos
  • Wherever possible, we request that the number of people accompanying participants be kept to a minimum, with a maximum of 20 people for camera calls, red carpets, backstage and green-room areas. The maximum number of people for the stage area will be 10 participants on stage, including TIFF Executives.

For any additional COVID-19 protocol–related questions from Talent, Rights-Holders, Press & Industry, please contact Laura Ryan, Vice President, Operations and Event Production at lryan@tiff.net.


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