The 45th edition of the TIFF 2020 kicks off today. But it is not like others in its history. No crowds, no celebrities, fewer screenings. Also to bring a mask is compulsory. This is the pandemic version of TIFF. The glamour and glitz are toned down this year. The efforts continue to bring the film to the masses. Tickets are being sold for in-person screenings at the TIFF Bell lightbox. This is at the drive-in locations around town. The event will follow distancing and masking. Though they will also observe infection prevention measures. Uthopia kicked off the festival Thursday night. However, it documents the former Talking Heads frontman’s 2019. This is Broadway show of the same name. Also, various other film screenings took place.
No Ordinary Man, Under the Open Sky screening took place. This year various directional also there. This is by Vigo Mortensen and Halle Berry. This year also features a strong lineup of films from Toronto director. They are Charles Officer and Emma Seligman. They direct Akilla’s Escape and Shiva Baby respectively.
Award ceremony TIFF 2020
This festival welcomes various ambassadors. Their presence will help boost the event’s profile. This includes Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi, Anurag Kashyap. However, Martin Scorsese, Nadine Labaki, and may more. TIFF will continue with its 2020 festival. Also other global cinema events. This includes Cannes. The Oscar announced it has pushed the 2021 ceremony back two months. Thus the TIFF 2020 runs September 10-19.
Idris Elba, Halle Berry joins TIFF lineup. Also Kate Winslet, Saoire Ronan will be there. Mark Wahlberg will also debut this year. More titles are expected to be confirmed next week. Interactive talks take place. Film cast reunions and Q&As will accompany. The new features will around 50. Five programs of short films round out it’s annual offering.
The Oscars will make a major play for equity. Also representation and inclusion both. This is inside and beyond its ranks. However Priyanka Chopra saw in an Instagram conversation with festival artists. With the director Cameron Bailey on Friday. Toronto gets to see many films that reach the rest of the World much later. Ticket buyers can also watch films and live chats on a streaming platform.