Actor/Singer Priyanka Chopra and filmmaker Anurag Kashyap are among the brand ambassadors for the 45th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival.
Alongside Priyanka Chopra and Anurag Kashyap, the grand company of ambassadors includes Ava DuVernay, Taika Waititi, Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, Nadine Labaki, Alfonso Cuarón, Tantoo Cardinal, Riz Ahmed, Rian Johnson, Jason Reitman, Isabelle Huppert, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan, Viggo Mortensen, Zhang Ziyi, David Oyelowo, Lulu Wang, Rosamund Pike, Sarah Gadon, and Denis Villeneuve and many others.
According to the press release, the 45th Edition of TIFF will take place from September 10-19th and will be a different kind of edition than before as coronavirus has made it difficult to hold the screenings like before. It will be tailored to fit the moment with physical screenings, drive-in’s, digital screenings, press conferences, etc.
Some of the films that are going to be screened at TIFF 2020 include Ammonite, directed by Francis Lee (United Kingdom); Another Round, from director Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark); Bruised, the debut film from director Halle Berry (USA); Concrete Cowboy by filmmaker Ricky Staub (USA); Fauna, from director Nicolás Pereda (Mexico/Canada); Good Joe Bell by director Reinaldo Marcus Green (USA); Spring Blossom, the debut film by director Suzanne Lindon (France) and True Mothers by director Naomi Kawase (Japan).
TIFF 2020 will be holding social distancing screenings where the festival-goers are able to enjoy drive-ins and outdoor experience following social distancing measures. The management is closely working with officials of the city of Toronto and public health officials as safety is the main priority for festival-goers and residents of the entire community.
In the first, TIFF has partnered with a digital platform to showcase the festival digitally where they have partnered with Shift72 to develop industries leading online platform.
“The pandemic has hit TIFF hard, but we’ve responded by going back to our original inspiration – to bring the very best in the film to the broadest possible audience,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, TIFF.
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Cameron continued saying, “Our teams have had to rethink everything and open our minds to new ideas. In countless video calls over the past three months, we have rebuilt our festival for 2020 drawing on our five decades of commitment to strong curation, support for filmmakers, and engagement with audiences. We have listened to this year’s urgent calls for greater representation of under-represented voices. You’ll see that this year at the festival.
“And we have watched as audiences have embraced cinema’s ability to transport them through screens of all sizes. You’ll see that too. We’re excited to present thoughtful, high-impact programming this September that reflects our belief that there’s no stopping great storytelling.”