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TIFF Adds New Round of Titles, Including ‘It’s Only the End of the World,’ ‘Mean Dreams’ and More

The festival has also announced a slew of Canadian shorts and four new "Rising Stars."

It's Only The End of the World

“It’s Only The End of the World”

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced an additional selection of feature picks — all falling under the banner of Canadian-made films, appropriately enough — along with their TIFF Rising Stars group, the recipient of the Len Blum Residency and a selection of Canadian shorts. Major programming standouts including Xavier Dolan’s Cannes Grand Prix winner “It’s Only the End of the World” and Nathan Morlando’s Cannes debut “Mean Dreams.” Other films of note include April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth” and Kim Nguyen’s Dane DeHaan-starring “Two Lovers and a Bear.”

This year’s TIFF Rising Stars — four Canadian actors who will take part in a series of specialized programming organized by TIFF’s Industry team — include Jared Abrahamson, Grace Glowicki, Mylène Mackay and Sophie Nélisse. Additional international Rising Stars will be announced in the coming weeks.

Screenwriter and filmmaker Andrew Cividino is the 2016 Len Blum Resident. Cividino, whose “Sleeping Giant” was a festival favorite last year, will take up residency at the Festival Tower for three months later this year and receive one-on-one script consultations with Len Blum and mentoring from TIFF’s Industry and Programming teams, as well as support from TIFF partners.

Below are the second additions to the TIFF 2016 lineup, including Canadian features in a number of categories. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.

The festival runs September 8 – 18.

Special Presentations

Below Her Mouth,” April Mullen, Canada, World Premiere

It’s Only the End of the World,” Xavier Dolan, Canada/France, North American Premiere

Mean Dreams,” Nathan Morlando, Canada, North American Premiere

Two Lovers and a Bear,” Kim Nguyen, Canada, North American Premiere

Weirdos,” Bruce McDonald, Canada, World Premiere

Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming),” Ann Marie Fleming, Canada, North American Premiere


Anatomy of Violence,” Deepa Mehta, Canada/India, World Premiere

We Can’t Make the Same Mistake Twice,” Alanis Obomsawin, Canada, World Premiere


All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and The Spirit of I.F. Stone,” Fred Peabody, Canada, World Premiere

Black Code,” Nicholas de Pencier, Canada, World Premiere

Giants of Africa,” Hubert Davis, Canada, World Premiere

Mostly Sunny,” Dilip Mehta, Canada, World Premiere

The River of My Dreams,” Brigitte Berman, Canada, World Premiere

The Skyjacker’s Tale,” Jamie Kastner, Canada, World Premiere

The Stairs,” Hugh Gibson, Canada, World Premiere


ARQ,” Tony Elliott, USA/Canada, World Premiere

Hello Destroyer,” Kevan Funk, Canada, World Premiere

Jean of the Joneses,” Stella Meghie, Canada, Canadian Premiere

Old Stone,” Johnny Ma, Canada/China, North American Premiere

Prank,” Vincent Biron, Canada, North American Premiere

Werewolf,” Ashley McKenzie, Canada, World Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

Boundaries,” Chloé Robichaud, Canada, World Premiere

X Quinientos,” Juan Andrés Arango, Canada/Colombia/Mexico, World Premiere


Nelly,” Anne Émond, Canada, World Premiere


“nirvanna the band the show,” created by Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol; directed by Matt Johnson, Canada World Premiere

TIFF Cinematheque

“A Cool Sound from Hell,” Sidney J. Furie, Canada

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