Saturday, March 14, 2015

Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is North America's most popular film festival. Each year hundreds of carefully selected films from all over the world are screened in a variety of programmes. TIFF is non-competitive, which means that there is no jury. The audiences vote for their favourite movies and the movie with the highest rating receives the People's Choice Award.

The next version of Filmster will contain almost 600 films that were shown at TIFF since 2000. For concreteness, the films are taken from the two most important programmes: Gala Presentation (major movies), and Masters (art-house filmmakers). The names of the awards have been standardised, so that Best Film corresponds to the People's Choice Award, and Best Director to the First Runner Up. The Midnight Madness Award and Documentary Award are also sometimes included.

As a preview, here are the films that were selected in the Masters Programme in 2014:

  • 1001 Grams by Bent Hamer
  • A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Andersson
  • The Face of an Angel by Michael Winterbottom
  • Foreign Body by Krzysztof Zanussi
  • The Golden Era by Ann Hui
  • Goodbye to Language by Jean-Luc Godard
  • Hill of Freedom by Hong Sang-soo
  • Leviathan by Andrey Zvyagintsev
  • Murder in Pacot by Raoul Peck
  • Revivre by Im Kwon-taek
  • The Tale of Princess Kaguya by Isao Takahata
  • Timbuktu by Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Trick or Treaty? by Alanis Obomsawin
  • Winter Sleep by Nuri Bilge Ceylan

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