Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 10-20) has completed its line-up with the Discovery, New Wave TIFF Kids and In Conversation With… strands and has confirmed the return of Festival Street.

I Am Malala

Oscar-winner Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Sarah Silverman and Matthew Weiner will take place in separate on-stage conversations as part of the In Conversation With… series, which replaces the Mavericks programme.

For the second year, the Festival Street initiative will see the closure of King Street West between Peter and University Streets, from Sept 10-13.

Events will include Questival, a walking interactive quiz designed by Frontier Design & Innovation; the music stage featuring the world premiere of Titicut Follies – The Ballet inspired by Frederick Wiseman’s 1967 documentary; cinema-inspired installations; magicians; the Slaight Family Zone; and food trucks.

In total, the festival will screen 399 films, of which 289 are features and 110 shorts. Last year’s festival screened 392 in total comprising 284 features and 108 shorts.

Programmers sifted through 6,118 submissions, of which 1,225 are Canadian and the 4,893 balance international.

There are 132 world premieres, 97 North American premieres and 27 international premieres.

The longest film is The Memory Of Justice at 278 minutes and the shortest are each one minute long – The Remainder and Untitled.


Showcasing 30 features including 16 world premieres, by first and second-time directors from Canada and across the globe.

“Discovery is the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking,” said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey. “You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers and hidden gems among this fantastic showcase of work from some of the most exciting new directors from around the world.”

Key: WP = world premiere, NAP = North American premiere, IP = international premiere, CP = Canadian premiere, TP = Toronto premiere.

  • A Patch Of Fog (UK) Michael Lennox WP
  • The Ardennes (Bel) Robin Pront WP
  • Beast (Aus-Phil) Tom McKeith, Sam McKeith WP
  • Black (Bel) Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah WP
  • Born To Dance (NZ) Tammy Davis WP
  • Dégradé (Pal-Fra-Qat) Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser NAP
  • Desde Allá (Ven) Lorenzo Vigas NAP
  • Downriver (Aus) Grant Scicluna IP
  • Five Nights In Maine (US) Maris Curran WP
  • The Here After (Efterskalv) (Pol-Swe-Fra) Magnus von Horn NAP
  • Ixcanul (Guat-Fra) Jayro Bustamante CP
  • James White (US) Josh Mond CP
  • Keeper (Bel-Swi-Fra) Guillaume Senez NAP
  • Les Cowboys (Fra-Bel) Thomas Bidegain NAP
  • Meghmallar (Bang) Zahidur Rahim Anjan WP
  • Mountain (Isr-Den) Yaelle Kayam NAP
  • My Name Is Emily (Ire) Simon Fitzmaurice NAP
  • The Paradise Suite (Neth-Swe-Bul) Joost van Ginkel WP
  • Semana Santa (Mex) Alejandra Márquez Abella WP
  • Spear (Aus) Stephen Page WP
  • Very Big Shot (Film Kteer Kbeer) (Leb-Qat) Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya WP
  • The Wait (L’Attesa) (Ita) Piero Messina NAP
  • We Monsters (Wir Monster) (Ger) Sebastian Ko NAP
  • Wedding Doll (Chatona Meniyar) (Isr) Nitzan Gilady IP

Previously announced Canadian titles in the Discovery Programme include Stephen Dunn’s Closet Monster, Adam Garnet Jones’ Fire Song, Jamie M Dagg’s River, Kire Paputts’ The Rainbow Kid and Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant.


Heat (US), Michael Mann


Zoom (Canada), Pedro Morelli WP


The Next Wave committee comprising 12 film enthusiasts, aged 15-18, from schools across the Greater Toronto Area has hand-picked 10 TIFF films “that will resonate with their peers”.

  • As I Open My Eyes (A Peine J’Ouvre Les Yeux) (Tunisia-France-Belgium)
    Leyla Bouzid (Contemporary World Cinema) NAP

  • Born To Dance (New Zealand)
    Tammy Davis (Discovery) WP

  • The Final Girls (US)
    Todd Strauss-Schulson (Midnight Madness) IP

  • Girls Lost (Sweden)
    Alexandra-Therese Keining (Contemporary World Cinema) WP

  • He Named Me Malala (US)
    Davis Guggenheim, (TIFF Docs) IP

  • The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) (UK-Pal-Qat-UAE)
    Hany Abu-Assad, (Special Presentations) WP

  • Ixcanul (Guatemala-France)
    Jayro Bustamante, (Discovery) CP

  • Keeper (Belgium-Switzerland-France)
    Guillaume Senez (Discovery) NAP

  • My Name is Emily (Ireland)
    Simon Fitzmaurice, (Discovery) NAP

  • Sleeping Giant (Canada)
    Andrew Cividino, (Discovery) NAP


The programme includes the world premiere of the remastered and expanded Brad Bird classic The Iron Giant with performances by Jennifer Aniston and Harry Connick Jr.

  • The Boy And The Beast (Bakemono No Ko) (Jap)
    Mamoru Hosoda IP

  • My Skinny Sister (Min Lilla Syster) (Swe-Ger)
    Sanna Lenken CP

  • Phantom Boy (Fra-Bel)
    Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli NAP

  • The Iron Giant: Signature Edition (US)
    Brad Bird WP