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!