NOW Magazine - TIFF - - DIRECTIONS 2003 - David Cro­nen­berg on win­ning the Toronto- City Award for Best Canadian Fea­ture Film:

“Well, I’ve just spent a lot of the last ten days telling jour­nal­ists that the Toronto fes­ti­val doesn’t have prizes, and that’s why it’s so great, so you’ve made a liar out of me — and a hyp­ocrite, too, be­cause I’m ac­tu­ally quite happy to win this.”

The Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val kicks off its 28th year this Septem­ber. The Fes­ti­val brings films from all across the globe to de­lighted au­di­ences for ten days, as Fes­ti­val fever de­scends upon the city. The 28th Fes­ti­val also marks the 20th An­niver­sary of Per­spec­tive Canada. A cel­e­bra­tion of Canadian film, this pro­gramme show­cases over 40 fea­tures and shorts from across the coun­try. It is both an ex­cel­lent launch­ing pad for new Canadian tal­ent and for es­tab­lished Canadian film­mak­ers. Atom Egoyan, Pa­tri­cia Rozema, Deepa Mehta, Tom Fitzger­ald and Bruce MacDon­ald have all shown their films as part of the Per­spec­tive Canada line-up.

Deepa Mehta on the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val:

“I have this sort of con­tin­u­ing love af­fair with the Toronto film fes­ti­val. In the past, when I’ve been sort of wor­ried about what my iden­tity is, the Toronto Film Fes­ti­val steps for­ward and re­minds me that I am a Canadian.”

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