Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Toronto International Film Festival chooses London, England for 2015 City to City spotlight

The Toronto International Film Festival® today announced that the 2015 City to City programme will focus on London, England. The City to City selection will be curated by Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.

“From Alfred Hitchcock to Steve McQueen, England has a remarkable tradition of filmmaking and the city of London is one of the premiere film centres in the world,” said Handling. “We’re looking forward to shining the Festival spotlight on this city and to bringing the cinema of London to Toronto audiences.”

“Our annual screening trip to London is always both breathtaking and heartbreaking. We’ve been awed by the talent in this global city and disappointed that we can’t invite all the films we’d like to,” said Bailey. “This year’s spotlight on London filmmaking will be a rare opportunity to revel in the riches London has to offer. It’s also a chance to celebrate the city where I was born.”

This is the seventh year for the City to City programme, which showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programmes include Tel Aviv, Istanbul, Buenos Aires, Mumbai, Athens and Seoul.

The City to City: London lineup will be announced in August. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015.

Film submissions for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival open on February 9. The deadline for submission is May 1. The late submission deadline is May 29. For more information visit http://tiff.net/submissions

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About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

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