In the wake of the current coronavirus pandemic, the Annual TIFF Tribute Awards event will be held virtually. Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap and Priyanka Chopra will accompany are named as the TIFF 2020 Ambassadors. They will be accompanying a close 50-celebrity guest list from across the world.
The awards honor and acknowledges outstanding contributors in the film industry. This year the ceremony will be virtual and according to the press communique it is “tailored to fit the moment”. The festival is scheduled to be held from September 10 to September 19.
Priyanka Chopra and Anurag Kashyap will accompany Oscar winners and popular artists like Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, Nadine Labaki, Tantoo Cardinal, Riz Ahmed, Rian Johnson, Lulu Wang, Rosamund Pike, Sarah Gadon among others.
About The Festival
The 45th edition of the festival will feature 50 new films, five programs of short films as well as
Q&A with the cast and filmmakers. The festival also comprises of film cast reunions and interactive talks. Screenings for the press and industry will also be conducted online
This is the first time in the history of the TIFF festival, that a digital platform is set to be launched
for the audience beyond Toronto. The festival remains one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world.
This year, the audience will watch a full slate of films at physical and socially distanced screenings. TIFF has also partnered with Shift72 to develop this industry-leading online platform to connect with its audience globally.
Statement from TIFF
“TIFF has a proud history of programming award-winning films, expanding the conversation to include a multitude of voices, and in creating boundary-pushing initiatives for the industry. And this year we’ve added new innovations and ways to give back to the community. In doing so, we’re aiming to advance what a film festival is capable of delivering – for audiences and the film industry,”
We could never have anticipated the global seismic changes we would be facing in 2020. We tapped into the original spirit of the Festival from when it began in 1976 as our guiding light. The distilled edition of TIFF 2020 reflects a deep love of film, passion for our loyal audiences, commitment to the industry, and a whole lot of heart,” said Joana Vicente, executive director, and co-head, TIFF.
Due to the dangerous spread of coronavirus, international festivals like Cannes, Golden Globes, and Tribeca film festivals have also called off their much-awaited events.
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