Year-round se­ries re­places Top Ten fest

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TORONTO — The or­ga­ni­za­tion be­hind the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is re­plac­ing an an­nual Jan­uary event for Cana­dian fea­tures with a year-round the­atri­cal se­ries.

TIFF says it’s re­plac­ing its Canada’s Top Ten Film Fes­ti­val, which was held ev­ery Jan­uary, with a new screen­ing se­ries for home­grown projects.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion says the new se­ries will of­fer “each fea­ture film the op­por­tu­nity to have a full the­atri­cal run at TIFF Bell Light­box through­out the year.”

Es­tab­lished in 2001, Canada’s Top Ten Film Fes­ti­val pre­sented screen­ings and of­fered re­lated in­dus­try pro­gram­ming and learn­ing ses­sions in Toronto.

It also had a cross-Canada tour of film screen­ings at TIFF’s part­ner lo­ca­tions.

TIFF says it’s mak­ing the change as part of its five-year strate­gic plan to fo­cus on show­cas­ing Cana­dian cre­ators and ta­lent, and put “au­di­ences’ needs at its heart.”

The or­ga­ni­za­tion plans to an­nounce its list of the top 10 es­sen­tial Cana­dian films of 2018 next month.

Changes are also in store for some of TIFF’s fam­ily pro­gram­ming.

The an­nual TIFF Kids In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val will be re­tired and the in­ter­ac­tive play­ground digiPlayS­pace will be re­branded and re­vamped for an au­di­ence ages 14 and older.

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