Last year, TIFF concluded with Steven Spielberg's The Fabelmans winning the festival's much-coveted People's Choice Award, on its way to seven Oscar nominations (including Best Picture, Best Directing, and acting nominations for Michelle Williams and Judd Hirsch). Another festival season now ushers in the next slate of films vying for the top prize.
Arriving on the heels of the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival has programmed more than 200 films over 10 days — including the top films from Cannes (the Palme d'Or-winning Anatomy of a Fall and Grand Prix winner, The Zone of Interest) and carryovers from preceding fests (films like Fair Play, La Chimera, and Rustin are among those heading North on the festival circuit). And that is only scratching the surface of the world premieres and special screenings to come.
Read on for everything you need to know about TIFF 2023.
When and where is this year's festival?
The 48th annual Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 7–17, with screenings and events hosted at numerous theaters throughout the city of Toronto.
Which films are screening at TIFF?
The opening night film will be Hayao Miyazaki's The Boy and the Heron, the Oscar-winning filmmaker's first feature in a decade and the first time in history that an animated film has opened the festival.
TIFF's Midnight Madness program, meanwhile, will open with A24's first-ever musical movie, Dicks: The Musical, and the Discovery slate — "a bold and exciting showcase of cinema and emerging talent from around the world" — will kick off with Gonzo Girl, the feature directorial debut of Oscar-winning actress Patricia Arquette.
The festival also boasts world premieres of new works from Mahalia Belo (The End We Start From), Alex Gibney (In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon), Craig Gillespie (Dumb Money), Michael Keaton (Knox Goes Away), Anna Kendrick (Woman of the Hour), Viggo Mortensen (The Dead Don't Hurt), Taika Waititi (Next Goal Wins), David Yates (Pain Hustlers) and more, as well as a 40th anniversary screening of Stop Making Sense, with a new 4K restoration of The Talking Heads' classic concert movie directed by Jonathan Demme.
TIFF will conclude with the world premiere of Sly, Thom Zimny's documentary about Sylvester Stallone.
In addition to screenings, TIFF will host "In Conversation" events with Hong Kong multihyphenate Andy Lau (whose new film, The Movie Emperor, is premiering at TIFF), Korean actors Lee Byung-hun and Park Seo-jun (Concrete Utopia), Oscar winner Pedro Almodóvar (Strange Way of Life), and Sylvester Stallone (Sly).
Who is being honored this year?
Not to be confused with the People's Choice Awards — which will be announced on the final day of the festival, Sept. 17 — TIFF's Tribute Awards recognize "the film industry's outstanding contributors and their achievements."
The 5th annual TIFF Tribute Awards will be presented on Sunday, Sept. 10, including the inaugural Norman Jewison Career Achievement Award, named for the Canadian director and seven-time Oscar nominee behind films such as In the Heat of the Night, Fiddler on the Roof and Moonstruck. The award recognizes "Canadians in the film industry who have made a global impact with their careers."
Here is this year's full list of TIFF Tribute Awards:
TIFF Tribute Performer Award: Colman Domingo
TIFF Ebert Director Award: Spike Lee
TIFF Variety Artisan Award: Łukasz Żal
TIFF Emerging Talent Award: Carolina Markowicz
TIFF Special Tribute Award: Andy Lau
Jeffrey Skoll Award in Impact Media: Pedro Almodóvar
Norman Jewison Career Achievement Award: Shawn Levy
How can I get tickets?
Single tickets — which range in price from $26-$32 for regular screenings and $39-$88 for premium screenings — are available to purchase now. Of note, for the first time since 2020, TIFF will take place exclusively in-person, with no option to attend the festival remotely.