Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) top brass said on Wednesday that in spite of the Hollywood double strike they are “continuing to plan for a memorable and high-profile festival from September 7 to 17″.
SAG-AFTRA strike rules state actors cannot walk red carpets or promote their films, which has given the festival, distribution and awards sectors plenty to think about.
In a letter to the industry CEO Cameron Bailey, chief programming officer Anita lee and senior director, industry and theatrical Geoff Macnaughton noted that more than 70% of festival selections are not from the United States.
The festival brass added they have been encouraged by talks with industry and have maintained “constant communication” with SAG-AFTRA representatives, and other fall festivals.
The letter emphasised TIFF’s role as a “thriving sales market”, adding that more than one-third of this year’s titles are available for acquisition.
For the first time the festival will open the doors of TIFF Bell Lightbox early on September 6 to host market screenings for international buyers.
Venice has been in talks with studios and streamers behind its selections as to whether they will pull their films due to SAG-AFTRA strike rules prohibiting actors to promote their work. Venice will announce its line-up for the festival on July 25. It previsouly said Luca Guadagnino’s Challengers starring Zendaya will open the festival.
Earlier today TIFF added Atom Egoyan’s Seven Veils to its selection and previously announced that Taika Waititi’s Next Goal Wins will premiere in Toronto.
The full letter appears below:
TIFF recognizes that the impact of the SAG-AFTRA strike on the entertainment industry and film festivals like ours cannot be denied. We continue to plan a memorable festival from September 7-17. We are thrilled with the engagement of the industry to-date, as our registered delegate numbers are up 10% over 2022.
. We are delighted with the engagement from the industry so far, as our delegate numbers have increased by 10% since 2022.
. We are encouraged by our conversations with industry leaders, including SAGAFTRA representatives and our friends at other fall festivals. TIFF is a global film festival. This year, more than 70% of our titles were produced by non-U.S. producers from over 70 different countries. TIFF is a thriving market for sales. We will also have a robust offering of market screenings, and for the first time we will be opening the doors of TIFF Bell Lightbox early on September 6th to host market screenings for international buyers. Please email the Industry Team at [email protected] if you have any questions. If you have any questions please feel free to email the Industry Team at [email protected].
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