The Toronto International Film Festival, better known as TIFF, was celebrated in Canada’s biggest city. Starting on September 5, the festival brought together film makers, producers, actors, celebrities and film enthusiasts to discover the latest cinematic releases from across North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Over its 43-year history, TIFF has grown to become one of the largest, most influential and highly attended film festivals in the world, sitting alongside Cannes, Venice and Berlin in stature.
Australian cinema is well represented at TIFF 2019 with no less than six feature length films including Black Bitch, Dirt Music, Hearts and Bones, I Am Woman, The Australian Dream and True History of the Kelly Gang, based on Peter Carey’s successful novel of the same name.
The Australian High Commission together with Screen Australia brought together Australian film makers, expats, producers and actors on Sunday September 8 to celebrate the release of the six feature films and Australian cinema. Held at Cube Nightclub on Toronto’s trendy Queen West, the event was an opportunity to connect, network and celebrate the achievements in Australian cinema.
Actors Hugo Weaving, Deborah Mailman, Essie Davis were in attendance promoting their films while former Sydney Swans footballer Adam Goodes and journalist Stan Grant were there promoting their documentary feature – The Australian Dream.
CACC members from the Toronto Committee were also in attendance to promote and discuss the opportunities for available to Australian and Canadian film makers and producers to work in the respective countries. Both Australia and Canada offer spectacular film locations, incentives and opportunities for entrepreneurial film makers.