Dreamworks'eagerly anticipated animated feature Shark Tale will receive its North American premiereas a matinee gala at the upcoming 29th Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF).

Shark Tale is one of two matinee galas that arebeing introduced to the festival this year, raising the number of galascreenings from 18 to 20.

The date of the SharkTale screening and theidentity of the second gala screening will be announced by organisers in duecourse.

"We're delighted to offer matinee galas for the first timein the festival's history," Piers Handling, director and chief executiveofficer of Toronto International Film Festival Group, said in a statement.

"Additional gala screenings allow us to expand programmingso that even more festival-goers can see the best of international cinema."

Shark Tale stars the vocal talents of Will Smith,Robert De Niro, Renee Zellweger, Angelina Jolie, Jack Black and MartinScorsese, and was directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, and Rob Letterman.

It is due toopen in US theatres on Oct 1. The TIFF runs from Sept 9-18.