Long ago TIFF went from showcasing great movies to premiering great movies that matter. This year's opening-night gala promises to be a landmark occasion for the film world and society at large. The Toronto International Film Festival landed the world premiere of The Fifth Estate, a movie about WikiLeaks and its controversial founder Julian Assange.
As TIFF moves forward with its noble growth of a true international destination, I hope it will also recognize African filmmaking that is also emerging all over the world. The African Diaspora as well as Africans in Africa is increasingly captivated by their own movie making and it's slowly becoming just as popular as Hollywood films.
With the Toronto International Film Festival taking over the city, I can't help but think about the state of the Canadian film industry. As far as the amount of Canadian talent we have, it's there. We have it -- we just need to get out there a support it. We need to watch our own films and our own television productions.
4:35 p.m. -- Jockeying for the Lindt chocolates backstage with John Hawkes, Helen Hunt and William H. Macy after the Q&A for The Sessions. 9:35 p.m. -- Everyone is here...and by everyone I mean Jackie Chan and his entourage of actresses from his new film, CZ12. One more week to go!
Reincarnated doc, which debuted to a standing ovation at the Toronto International Film Festival, is not an ambiguous experience. The film explores both Snoop's life and his journey through Jamaica -- from writing and recording a reggae album (also called Reincarnated) to meeting Bunny Wailer to his baptism at a ceremony in the Nyabinghi Temple -- all done with a deft and sometimes brutally honest hand.
How did Kristen Stewart cap off her Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) visit? By sporting Robert Pattinson's hat (naturally). The 'On The Road' actress was spotted leaving Toronto wearing her...
9:08 p.m. -- Me: "Hello, Julie speaking." Voice on the other end: "Hi, this is Angela Davis." My stomach leaps into my throat. 10:57 p.m. -- Festival Highlight: Annette Benning joins our dinner party for a drink and asks Angela Davis for a hug. Remarkable, inspiring, re-affirming. I love my job.
Leave it to the young guns to show how to dress for press conferences. The young starlets in Spring Breakers -- which is premiering at TIFF on Friday -- showed up in lace, leopard print and out-of-thi...
The day before the festival always sneaks up on you, the office buzzing with equal measures anticipation and anxiety. Now it's time to take care of all those last minute details: fighting with the printer, stuffing guest mailboxes and trying to squeeze in a quick pedicure, a pre-fest must.
Forget the films. For almost two weeks, the world's biggest movie stars and celebs are showing off their fashionable ways at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. A-listers and Hollywood heav...
Olympians, chefs and regular ol' joes (including us) took to an alleyway in Toronto to celebrate the unofficial kick-off to TIFF 2012. Although the festival doesn't "officially" start until Thursday,...
Terrance Malick's To The Wonder has just played the Venice Film Festival and is headed our way for the Toronto International Film Festival. It's not that I want to influence people not to see To The Wonder. It's just that time is precious. I watched Malick's The Tree of Life, and that's 140 minutes I'll never get back.
We couldn't be more excited that the Toronto International Film Festival unofficially kicks off tonight. The parties! The swag! The celeb-spotting! As we ramp up to bring you of-the-moment coverage f...
With just over one week to go until the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF 2012) kicks off, we -- and our colleagues over at Moviefone -- are gearing up to bring you full coverage of everything...
One of the world's most famous photographers will be in Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Patrick Demarchelier -- perhaps known by some for the many times Miranda Priestly re...
A couple of weeks before I check in at the Hazelton Hotel, Biebermania strikes -- screaming fans everywhere. While Bieber is probably the celebrity who causes the greatest commotion on the planet, such encounters with fandom are hardly unusual for the Hazelton Hotel. Its staff knows what to do. It opened in 2007 to cater to attendees of the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF and are gearing up for this season's festival, and their star-studded guest list.
The red carpet was rolled back in and stars have left the city as the Toronto International Film Festival said goodbye for another year on Sunday. Throughout the week, The Huffington Post Canada Livin...
While many seemed to agree that Madonna's alleged behavior at TIFF was completely out of line, there were also people who responded by saying that they wouldn't expect anything less. "It's Madonna, she's a GODDESS" one even said. Well, no, no she isn't. She is a pop star.
To Cinderella, Toronto International Film Festival galas seemed exclusive to Hollywood royalty. The city's socialistas and Twitterati hobnobbed on the rooftop and surveyed their opulent kingdom. But soon the enchantment wore thin.
Thanks to Twitter and Facebook, Canadians are now getting a second-by-second update by the festival. Sadly, it isn't about the movies, the directors or even the actors. Instead, social media has translated TIFF into a 10-day brag-fest.
Day 3 of the Toronto International Film Festival was filled with more star-studded events. Check this gallery to see what your favourite star
Canadians mourn alongside Americans on this sad anniversary of 9/11. We were affected deeply on that day 10 years ago, nearly as much as the U.S. itself: not just by the Canadian lives we lost, but by the empathetic pain we feel when our closest kin suffers a tragedy. Whatever longstanding sibling rivalry Canadians have felt towards Americans vanished -- at that moment we became one family grieving death together. We also became key partners in what would be called the War on Terror: This week on HuffPost Canada, new contributor Jennifer Stoddart, Privacy Commissioner of Canada, offered important analysis of what this has meant to our privacy laws. We also welcomed aboard two distinguished contributors who offered their reactions to the news that the prime minister was considering re-introducing controversial anti-terrorism laws: former counter terror operative Mubin Shaikh and terrorist expert David Harris.
It's September, and you know what that means: It's time for the Toronto International Film Festival! Running from Sept. 8-18, the biggest stars in the world are descending upon Toronto for the festiva...
They're often spotted at swank restaurants and sometimes shopping spots like Holts. And of course, there are the movie premieres, like those happening at Roy Thomson Hall, Ryerson Theatre and the TIFF...
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When celebs come to Toronto for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it's not just about the movies -- they also come to shop in some of our amazing stores, to dine in some of our top resta...
For the next week and a half, the Toronto International Film Festival takes over Toronto, offering Canadians a unique opportunity to witness celebrities behaving badly. Since its start in 1976, TIFF h...
Sure, films, premieres and galas are the raison d'être of the Toronto International Film Festival, but what fun would it be without the celebrities? For some TIFF fans, star spotting is all that matte...
The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) officially kicks off September 8, which means we're preparing to deliver all of the hot red-carpet moments from this year's festival to you via The...
The company: Noah Cowan is the artistic director of TIFF Bell Lightbox, the incredible new facility at King and John Streets in downtown Toronto. He drives the curatorial vision for the year-round pr...
THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Davis Guggenheim's From the Sky Down - a look at Irish supergroup U2 - will kick off the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival, the first time a documentary has...