TIFF 2019: Toronto’s biggest block party is back for four days

Academy Award–nominated Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles will have a conversation with Diana Sanchez, Senior Director of TIFF


By Leila Monteiro Lins | Published 22/08/2019

For a sixth year, the Toronto International Film Festival takes the film experience from inside the theatre onto the street, inviting everyone to be a part of the excitement with Festival Street.

September 5 through 8, King Street West between Peter Street and University Avenue will transform into the block party of the year with engaging activations, special performances, patios, and food trucks featuring cuisine from all over the world — open for all to enjoy.

Brazilian director Francisco Meirelles

On September 10, the Conference will conclude with a Master Class with Academy Award–nominated Brazilian director Fernando Meirelles (City of God, The Two Popes). Diana Sanchez, Senior Director, Film at TIFF, leads a gripping conversation revealing the realities of filmmaking in politically volatile times.

Closing Master Class Fernando Meirelles

Tuesday –  Sept 10


Glenn Gould Studio


Wasp Network: Olivier Assayas | France, Brazil, Spain, Belgium | North American Premiere

Seven Years in May: Affonso Uchôa | Brazil/Argentina  |  Pairing 

The Bite: Pedro Neves Marques | Portugal/Brazil |  World Premier                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Co-Heads of TIFF: Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente during the Canadian Press Conference  on July 31st.  Photo: by Leila Monteiro Lins

“Festival Street is an accessible and inclusive way we can share our passion for film with the city we call home,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF Artistic Director and Co-Head. “We invite all of Toronto to come join the fun.

TTC Free Screening

On Sunday, September 8 at 12pm, the public is invited to Roy Thomson Hall for the TTC Free Screening of a Festival title, which will be announced through TIFF’s social channels the evening prior. Please note that the TTC Free Screening is first-come, first-served to those with a PRESTO card or TTC transfer.

Female Filmakers

Films by trailblazing female filmmakers make up Festival Street’s nightly screening schedule, including Amy Heckerling’s romantic comedy Look Who’s Talking; Lone Scherfig’s charming coming-of-age tale An Education, which played TIFF 2009; and Gurinder Chadha’s Bollywood adaptation of a Jane Austin classic, Bride and Prejudice and more to come.


Several notable guests will be in attendance throughout the event. Director, writer, producer, and actor Amy Jo Johnson will give a behind-the-scenes look at her dynamic career — from Pink Power Ranger to director of TIFF ’19 Official Selection Tammy’s Always Dying.

Internationally renowned talent Gael García Bernal will discuss his work and his approach to roles, both in front of and behind the camera. Composing trio Blitz//Berlin will discuss how they bring images to life through their unique sound.

The Australian Dream director Daniel Gordon will shine a light on sports hero and Indigenous-rights activist Adam Goodes. Endings, Beginnings filmmaker Drake Doremus and lead actor Shailene Woodley will talk about the art of collaboration.

OLD Dream tickets are free

Tickets for the OLG Dream Deck are free. They can be redeemed as of August 31 for Members, and September 2 for the public, available while quantities last. For full lineup details, visit


Audiences can tune in to nightly musical performances on the Slaight Music Stage, featuring singer-songwriter Sam Drysdale, singer Kayla Diamond, award-winning singer-songwriter Tomi Swick, and Toronto ensemble Long Branch. Audiences are in for a treat with a special performances on Thursday, September 5 by Six Nations/Kahnawake band Attic Ramblers. And on Sunday, September 8, Andrée Levesque Sioui will take the stage, accompanied by Acadian pianist Rachel Aucoin. For full lineup details, visit

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.

Festival Street Map Festival tickets go on sale September 2 at 10am (TIFF Member pre-sale August 31, 10am–4pm). Buy tickets online at, by phone at 416.599.2033 or 1.888.258.8433, or in person at a box office.

See box office locations and hours at

Leila Monteiro LIns

Leila has more than 35 years of experience in journalism and marketing. In April 2010, LML launched Discover magazine in Canada.

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