Monday, August 10, 2015

TIFF Soiree Features On-Stage Conversation With Natalie Portman

TIFF announced today that Academy Award®-winning actor Natalie Portman will grace the stage for a look back at her career to date at the first annual TIFF Soirée, a special charity event and cocktail party which will kick off the 40th Toronto International Film Festival®. The intimate on-stage conversation with Portman will be followed by musical performances and a cocktail. The event takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox on Wednesday, September 9 at 6 p.m.

“Audiences are sure to experience an unforgettable evening with Natalie Portman as our special guest at the first annual TIFF Soirée,” said maxine bailey, VP of Advancement at TIFF. “This inspirational and entertaining event will help TIFF raise much-needed funds that allow us to continue our charitable year-round activities. TIFF provides vital mentorship, guidance and tools to people of all ages, circumstances and backgrounds so that they can express themselves creatively. Audiences who share our passion for film are encouraged to join us and show their support for TIFF.”

An Academy Award-winning actor, filmmaker and philanthropist, Natalie Portman first charmed audiences at the age of eleven in Luc Besson's 1994 film, The Professional. Since then she has starred in over twenty-five films, including Beautiful Girls, Anywhere But Here, Where The Heart Is, Cold Mountain, Garden State, Closer, V for Vendetta, Thor, and George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy. In 2011, she received her second Academy Award nomination and first Best Actress win for her performance in Darren Aronofsky's critically acclaimed film, Black Swan. She recently appeared in Terrence Malick’s two upcoming films, including Knight of Cups, which made its world premiere at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. She will next be seen in Gavin O'Connor's Jane Got a Gun. Portman has also taken on a variety of roles behind the lens. She wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the upcoming A Tale of Love and Darkness, which made its world premiere at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Portman is attached to star in several upcoming feature films, including a biopic of Ruth Bader Ginsburg entitled On the Basis of Sex, as Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie, the French film Planetarium, and Alex Garland’s Annihilation.

Tickets to the TIFF Soirée are $300 to $650. Limited quantities are available. To purchase tickets, please visit Proceeds from the Soirée enable TIFF to continue to showcase world-renowned film programming and innovative exhibitions, provide enriching workshops and diverse educational initiatives for youth and aspiring filmmakers, and to support the community through outreach.

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization, with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film. TIFF initiatives and programming harness the power of film, to make profound impact across four key areas: Community Outreach & Education; History and Preservation; Experimentation; and Filmmaker Discovery and Development. Other fundraising initiatives at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival include a campaign to support emerging filmmakers. Be the Spark. Help Us Ignite a Filmmaker’s Career runs until September 30 and includes a one-of-a-kind Festival Programmer auction. All donations will be doubled by an anonymous matching donor. For more information, visit

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 10 to 20, 2015. TIFF prefers Visa.

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

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