For film fanatics and casual viewers alike, the Toronto International Film Festival holds something for anyone who enjoys a good movie. The Festival is held every year the Thursday after Labor Day and was started in 1976. Since then, the event has become one of the most prestigious screening festivals in the world. Many students keep a close eye on what goes on at the festival.
“It’s always cool to see what’s new or upcoming in the movie and film industry,” senior Haley Archambault says. “Even if you can’t actually attend events like this you can follow it through the news or social media to keep up with what’s going on,”
This year, movies that were premiered included Todd Phillips’ Joker, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit, which was the winner of this year’s Grolsch People’s choice award.
“I think A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood will be interesting because it was pretty groundbreaking for children’s television and showing interracial relationships,” Archambault says. “I also watched Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood growing up so it will be interesting to see a sort of behind-the-scenes look at the show.”
The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up in September, but the buzz it created is still going strong as many holiday release dates are getting closer. Major releases often act as a great social catalyst and offer a great way to get into more film viewings. However, a lot of viewers may not like the huge holiday rush that often occurs in theaters.
“I’ve never really liked how people over-hype movies at Christmas. I think it makes more sense to release them earlier, so I like keeping up with the [Toronto] film festival in the fall,” Archambault said.
Film festivals allow directors, actors, and artists to demonstrate their work to a wider audience. Bigger events such as the Toronto International Film Festival often show a wide variety of filmmakers, both well known and undiscovered with big or small budgets. Not to mention the even wider variety of subject matter that all of the films entered cover.
“It’s great to include diverse characters and social agendas, but not every movie has to be centered around those themes,” Archambault says. “That’s a great aspect of these big film festivals because there really is something for everyone, whether they like more socially focused movies or not, there’s a good mix of everything.”
You can see more detailed information about specific movies that were premiered or shown at the festival by going to the TIFF website.