‘THOR’ DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI WILL BE THE FIRST TO WIN THE NEW DIRECTOR’S PRIZE AT TIFF
TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival is introducing a new director’s prize, and the first recipient will be New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi.
Festival co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey say the TIFF Ebert Director Award will be handed out at the inaugural Tribute Gala, which will also bestow an acting award to Meryl Streep.
The “Thor: Ragnarok” director is among the A-listers premiering new projects at TIFF. His anti-hate satire “Jojo Rabbit” is about a young German boy who discovers a Jewish girl hiding in his home, with Waititi also co-starring as the boy’s imaginary best friend, Adolf Hitler.
The gala is set for Sept. 9 and is an annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programming.
The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 5 to 15.
THE CANADIAN PRESS
‘THOR’ DIRECTOR TAIKA WAITITI TO RECEIVE TORONTO FESTIVAL TRIBUTE
The master of the Marvel cinematic universe, bringing his anti-hate satire ‘Jojo Rabbit’ to TIFF, will also pick up the Ebert Director Award.
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is set to receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival. READ MORE
TAIKA WAITITI TO RECEIVE TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL EBERT DIRECTOR AWARD AT TRIBUTE GALA
Taika Waititi is to receive the Toronto Film Festival’s (September 5–15) Ebert Director Award at this year’s inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala awards event.
The award recognizes and honors a filmmaker for their outstanding contribution to cinema. Taking place on Monday, September 9 at Fairmont Royal York, during the festival, the Gala is an annual fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programs. READ MORE