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