Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is moving ahead with its plan to launch a digital and in-person film fest for local and international moviegoers in the face of a potential 50% loss of revenue and a major staff cut.
The 45th edition, which runs from Sept. 10 to 19, will feature a smaller lineup of projects, with 50 feature films and five short film programs.
The hybrid festival will host physical screenings at select venues during its first five days, including a number of theaters at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, as well as outdoor screenings, such as drive-ins. The digital component will feature digital screenings, virtual red carpet events, press conferences, Q&As and an online Industry Conference. The festival has partnered with the platform Shift72 for its online screenings and events, which will span the full 10 days of TIFF.
“The pandemic has hit TIFF hard, but we’ve responded by going back to our original inspiration — to bring the very best in film to the broadest possible audience,” said Cameron Bailey (pictured), co-head and artistic director of TIFF, in a statement announcing plans for the 2020 edition. “Our teams have had to rethink everything, and open our minds to new ideas. We’re excited to present thoughtful, high-impact programming this September that reflects our belief that there’s no stopping great storytelling.”