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TorontoSkylineMovie lovers, mark your calendars: this year’s Toronto International Film Festival takes place September 5 to 15 and promises to be bigger and more star-studded than ever!

The Toronto International Film Festival is considered the most successful public film festival in the world. The ten-day event features world premiers, galas, and star-packed parties in and around downtown Toronto. Just two years ago, the Oscar Best Picture of the Year award went to The Artist, a movie that made its debut at TIFF!

38 Years of Festival History

The festival is acknowledged as “the most important film festival in the world – the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive.”

It all started out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals, and today is universally regarded as an ideal platform to premiere films. Its principal objectives have been: to lead the world in cultural and creative discovery through the moving image and to place Canadian achievements in an international context.

Over the years, Torontoians have become known as a public eager for the best in contemporary film, and the Festival draws international attention from media, distributors, producers and buyers.

Why enjoy TIFF?

Star Power – The festival brings many A-list celebrities to Toronto. In the past, these included George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, Penelope Cruz, Joss Whedon, Woody Allen, Halle Berry, Lauren Bacall, Johnny Depp, to mention only a few!

Choice – The festival screens more than 300 films from over 60 countries, certainly something for everyone! You may not get tickets for a gala performance, but why not try one of the smaller films?

Midnight Madness – One of the many TIFF programs include midnight screenings of the best in action, horror, shock and fantasy cinema. Glamour and

Festivities – Enjoy the impromptu gatherings, street entertainment, outdoor interviews and overall movie buzz that takes place in and around the downtown venues such as Roy Thompson Hall. Line up across from the red carpet entrances to spot stars arriving in limos. Many stop for photos and sometimes even a quick chat.

Visit tiff.net/thefestival for more details.