Toronto has announced the homegrown portion of its lineup. Canadian filmmakers represent in both a feature film category and "Short Cuts Canada," as well as a selection of films funded by the National Film Board of Canada.
Canuck first-time feature filmmakers include Jason Buxton ("Blackbird"), Brandon Cronenberg (Cannes entry "Antiviral") and Kate Melville ("Picture Day"), and returning veterans include Sarah Polley ("The Stories We Tell"), Xavier Dolan ("Laurence Anyways") and Michael McGowan ("Still").
44 short films were selected for "Short Cuts Canada," a program that was winnowed down from nearly 700 submissions. Included in the lineup are NFB-funded titles such as Jeffrey St. Jules' "Let the Daylight into the Swamp" and Patrick Bouchard's "Bydlo."
Senior programmer Steve Gravestock stated:
“Through comedy, thrills, drama and suspense, films in the lineup present stories of youth and violence, coming of age, the environment, dysfunctional families, sex and celebrity. From intimate, affecting stories with big impact to films with global scope, the Canadian films in this year’s Festival will move audiences.”
For a complete list of all TIFF-selected films and programs, click here.