TIFF’s New Platform Programme Champions Ambitious Directors

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The Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) announced the launch of Platform, a new programme comprised of up to 12 films of high artistic merit that demonstrate a strong directorial vision by significant international filmmakers. A three-person international jury will award a prize of $25,000 to the Best Film in the programme.

“TIFF has always been devoted to celebrating and nurturing artistic vision in cinema. I’m pleased that we’re able to commemorate TIFF’s 40th anniversary with a renewed commitment to artistically ambitious filmmaking,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “Our objective with this programme is to offer greater visibility during the Festival to distinctive and visionary films from around the world.”

“Inspired by the Jia Zhangke film, Platform will showcase films made in the spirit of true directors’ cinema: free, daring and transformative,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “It will offer audiences, industry members and media a new opportunity to discover high-quality international cinema while giving the next generation of master filmmakers a platform to reach audiences and increase their global profile.”

The jury and film lineup will be announced in the coming months. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs from Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 20, 2015.

Here is the full list of programmes that will be showcased at the festival:

City to City – Bringing global cities to Toronto audiences. A snapshot of where’s hot right now. This year’s city: London.

Contemporary World Cinema – Compelling stories, global perspectives.

Discovery – Directors to watch. The future of world cinema.

Gala Presentations – Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.

In Conversation With… – Engaging onstage conversations with leaders in the film industry and beyond. (Formerly titled Mavericks.)

Masters – The latest from the world’s most influential art-house filmmakers.

Midnight Madness – The wild side: midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema.

Platform – Directors’ cinema now. This juried section spotlights the next generation of cinema visionaries and features a dozen films, one of which will receive a Best Film prize of $25,000.

Primetime – Serial storytelling: television in its artistic renaissance.

Short Cuts – The best short films from emerging and established Canadian and international filmmakers.

Special Presentations – High-profile premieres and the world’s leading filmmakers.

TIFF Cinematheque – Curated gems from the history of Canadian and international cinema.

TIFF Docs – Candid and unscripted: the best non-fiction cinema from around the world.

TIFF Kids – Family films from around the world: entertaining and illuminating.

Vanguard – Provocative, sexy… possibly dangerous. This is what’s next.

Wavelengths – Daring, visionary and autonomous voices. Works that expand our notions of the moving image. (Now includes the former Future Projections programme.)

Programming Subsections:

Contemporary World Speakers – Watch, experience, and participate in post-screening discussions with film directors and subject experts.

TIFF Next Wave – For the next generation of movie lovers: selections approved by our youth-driven TIFF Next Wave Committee.