After five weeks of announcements, the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has officially and finally come together. The festival announced the final batch of films this morning, bringing the total count to 288 feature films and 78 shorts. Of them, 146 represent world premieres, while 19 and 103 are international and North American premieres, respectively.
Other fun facts? 70 countries will be represented, encompassing 31,362 minutes of cinema. It would take 22 straight days with no breaks to watch everything Toronto has to offer this year.
While most of the more anticipated features are behind us (see this gigantic list of all the films already announced), today's announcement did bring almost the entire Discovery program -- TIFF's ode to emerging filmmakers -- as well as additions to the Masters program that include films from Claire Denis, Catherine Breillat, Jia Zhangke, Jafar Panahi and Kim Ki-duk.
In addition to the film programming, today's final blast also set "in-depth conversations" with the likes of filmmakers Spike Jonze, Ron Howard, Beeban Kidron, Chuck Workman, Madeline Anderson and Charlie Paul; actor Irrfan Khan; producer Harvey Weinstein; artist Ralph Steadman; Ken Taylor, former Canadian Ambassador to Iran; and Toronto Women & Film Festival founder, scholar and former TIFF programmer Kay Armatage.
Also announced was the 2013 Future Projections program, which "celebrates the meeting point of cinema and the visual arts with a programme featuring installations from significant international and Canadian artists." This year, the city-wide program is largely devoted to a single exhibition: "David Cronenberg: Transformation" — the visual art component of TIFF’s multi-faceted 2013 "The Cronenberg Project." Housed at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), the exhibition, curated by Noah Cowan and David Liss, offers six significant artists responding to a specific theme in filmmaker David Cronenberg’s work: the yearning to witness the next stage of human evolution. Artists include: Candice Breitz, James Coupe, Marcel Dzama, Jeremy Shaw, Jamie Shovlin and Laurel Woodcock. The exhibition runs from September 5 to December 29, 2013.
Finally, details of initiatives and special programming introduced to "enhance the filmgoers’ Festival experience" were set today. For the first time, TIFF will present official selections and special screenings -- including Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" -- in IMAX.
Full list of freshly announced titles on the next page. Check out TIFF's full lineup here.