The Toronto International Film Festival is making the first wave of announcements of which big films and stars will be making their way to Toronto for the prestigious event this September.
On Tuesday, the announcement will be livestreamed on YouTube starting at 10 a.m. ET.
Last year, TIFF boasted a cavalcade of awards season contenders and the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner, “Moonlight”. Awards favourites “La La Land”, “Manchester By The Sea”, “Lion”, “Arrival” and “Loving” and high-profile premieres for “Deepwater Horizon”, “The Magnificent Seven” and “Sing” brought a bevy of big name stars to Toronto, including Mark Wahlberg, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Amy Adams, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Jake Gyllenhaal and countless more.
This year, the Festival announced it would cut back on 20 per cent of programming and eliminate two programmes, scrapping both City To City and Vanguard programming. Last year’s festival had nearly 400 films from 83 countries. TIFF also launched a five-year plan to boost the level of female representation, striving to increase the number of women enrolled in year-round professional development programmes.