Toronto Film Festival Sets In-Person Return This September

After two consecutive years of a mostly virtual event, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is resuming in-person festivities this coming fall. The festival is set to take place September 8–18, TIFF representatives announced February 24. For its 47th edition, Toronto will feature 11 days of “the best that the international film community has to offer, while spotlighting and championing the Canadian film industry and its filmmaking talent.”

Last year, the festival provided minimal and scaled-back, in-person, socially distanced, and vaccine-mandated screenings at its various venues throughout the city. Despite its unusual format, the 2021 edition of TIFF provided an opportunity to experience the unique challenges and opportunities of forging forward with a physical film festival in the era of COVID-19, in spite of the many risks and reservations.

“It felt like it had that very human scale this year,” TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey told IndieWire as the closing weekend began for last year’s fest, which for many heralded a return to normal on the festival circuit. “We were all blinking and out in the world again.”

The festival shifted entirely to a virtual format in 2020 (as did the near entirety of the festival world), but offered a healthy selection of its titles on the TIFF screening platform.

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