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
FREE FILMS, MUSIC, AND VERY SPECIAL GUESTS
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.
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.
THE SKY’S THE LIMIT
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 tiff.net/olgdreamdeck.
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 tiff.net/festival-street-2019.
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 tiff.net, 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 tiff.net/tickets.