With the Venice Film Festival well underway halfway around the world in Lido, Italy, and Telluride coming to a close following a weekend of screenings in Colorado, festival season continues in Hollywood North with the 47th Toronto International Film Festival.
After two years of socially distanced and virtual events, TIFF is back in person with one of its biggest slates in recent memory, boasting the fest's traditional mix of crowd-pleasers and the latest auteur offerings. Over 11 days of screenings, the festival will launch some of the most-anticipated movies of the year and serve as the latest stop for hightlights from earlier festivals.
"We're excited to welcome some of the most celebrated figures in movies back to Toronto to present their Gala and Special Presentation films," CEO Cameron Bailey said in a statement. "With stories that span six continents and feature performances you just have to see, this lineup delivers the rich experiences we wait all year for. Cinema is alive. Red carpets are back. And the best audience in the world awaits them in Toronto."
Here is everything you need to know about the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival.
When is TIFF this year?
This year's fest runs from Sept. 8-18, with screenings and events being held across numerous theaters in Toronto, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre, and more.
What's being screened during the fest?
Some 200 feature films will screen during TIFF this year, beginning with Sally El Hosaini's The Swimmers on opening night. Other notable world premieres include Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans, marking the first time the filmmaker has debuted a movie at the festival, and Rian Johnson's Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, as well as new films starring Nicolas Cage, Viola Davis, Jennifer Lawrence, and Harry Styles.
The closing night film will be Mary Harron's biopic, Dalíland, starring Ezra Miller and Sir Ben Kingsley.
Who is being honored?
Not to be confused with TIFF's People's Choice Awards — which will be announced on the final day of the festival, Sept. 18 — the TIFF Tribute Awards recognize "the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements." This year is the first time an ensemble, the cast of My Policeman, has won the performance award.
Here is the full list of TIFF Tribute Awards:
TIFF Tribute Award for Performance: My Policeman ensemble (Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, David Dawson, and Rupert Everett)
TIFF Ebert Director Award: Sam Mendes
TIFF Tribute Award for Performance: Brendan Fraser
TIFF Variety Artisan Award: Hildur Guðnadóttir
TIFF Emerging Talent Award: Sally El Hosaini
TIFF Share Her Journey Groundbreaker Award: Michelle Yeoh
What's being paneled?
In addition to red carpets and world premieres, TIFF will host a number of keynotes from "Visionaries" — including Hillary Clinton, Tyler Perry, and RRR director S.S. Rajamouli — and sit-downs "In Conversation With..." Damien Chazelle, Viola Davis and The Woman King director Gina Prince-Bythewood, Korean filmmakers Lee Jung-jae and Jung Woo-sung, Eddie Redmayne, and Taylor Swift.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a 95-year-old organization that has long been known for the Oscars, often called 'Hollywood’s biggest night.' But what goes on the other 364 days of the year? In this panel, key leadership shares how the Academy engages its membership of more than 10,000 members on a year-round basis and leads industry initiatives that celebrate the history of film, amplifies its global community of artists, and advocates for increased representation across the industry.
How can I get tickets?
You can still purchase single tickets for TIFF, which are available online now.