TIFF is without doubt a great film festival. Whichever way you judge a film festival, Toronto ticks all the boxes and then has a few special add ons to make it unique.
The galaxy of film premiers is stunning, the number of top end, potential award winning films is limitless and included Joker, Judy, Marriage Story, Knives Out, Hustlers, Greed, and Ford v Ferrari.
Ford v. Ferrari will be shown at the London Film Festival with the title Le Mans. After careful consideration it was decided not to use Le Mans as the title of the film in Toronto, believing that the North American Market may not instantly recognise it.
Anyhow, back to the festival. The powers that be, together with the big studio and streaming players, ensure that nearly all the top actors and directors are present to promote the films and meet the huge number of fans hanging around at every performance; waiting for the chance to meet their heroes or heroines and get that all important selfie.
There was an array of actors in attendance this year including Tom Hanks, Leonardo di Caprio and Adam Driver.
However, would you believe that Toronto is not all about glamour and glitz? There is a serious side that provides a platform for producers to secure distribution deals and obtain financing for future projects. Such is the interest in the festival that you could say that anyone who is anyone is there. It’s the golden opportunity for anyone working in film and TV to get the chance to meet and catch up with existing and new contacts.
You may be aware that Canada has a co-production agreement with the UK that permits qualifying productions to take advantage of the UK Tax Credit. We’ve been working with several Canadian producers over the past few years and were able to meet about 25 new film producers at Toronto. Not only are they keen to take advantage of the UK Tax Credit but they are also attracted by the UK’s high calibre technicians, excellent studio location and cultural environment.