Direc­tor’s CUT

NOW Magazine - TIFF - - NEWS - PIERS HAN­DLING DIREC­TOR, TORONTO IN­TER­NA­TIONAL FILM FES­TI­VAL GROUP

W hen I was a young cineaste living first in Kingston and then in Ottawa, the cen­tre of the film world lay in other cities and coun­tries - Lon­don and Paris, New York and Los An­ge­les. Th­ese were the places we all as­pired to visit if we wanted to study and learn about film and to see films from around the globe; films that opened up new worlds of dis­cov­ery to au­di­ences.

Over the years, we have had a vi­sion for Toronto to be­come such a des­ti­na­tion and for our or­ga­ni­za­tion to pro­vide more ac­cess to more films for more peo­ple. With great ex­cite­ment, we have an­nounced our plan to build Fes­ti­val Cen­tre right here in the heart of down­town Toronto, at King and John Streets. It will be a place where the public and the movies meet ev­ery week of the year.

Fes­ti­val Cen­tre will be a des­ti­na­tion where film lovers of all ages can en­joy the best in world cinema, from year­round screen­ing pro­grammes to film ex­hibits, from tour­ing block­buster shows to in-depth work­shops for film in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als. Th­ese ex­panded pro­gram­ming ac­tiv­i­ties will com­ple­ment the ros­ter of ex­cit­ing ini­tia­tives cur­rently of­fered by the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val Group, such as Cine­math­eque On­tario, Sprock­ets Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val for Chil­dren, Talk Cinema, The Film Ref­er­ence Li­brary, Canada’s Top Ten, and our na­tional Film Cir­cuit pro­gramme. In fact, our pro­gram­ming will grow from 1,500 to 4,000 screen­ings and events per year.

Fes­ti­val Cen­tre will wel­come film lovers from around the world – to gather, de­bate, and dis­cuss film. Fes­ti­val Cen­tre will be a cel­e­bra­tion of film that we look for­ward to shar­ing with you.

But you needn’t wait for Fes­ti­val Cen­tre to open to en­joy cinema from around the world. I in­vite you to join us to­day in the cel­e­bra­tion of film. Read on to see what ex­cit­ing events and film screen­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties lay ahead in the com­ing weeks. See you at the movies!

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