After two years of digital and hybrid film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival expects to be back for their first fully in-person edition of the festival since 2019. The festival would take place from September 8th to 18th, with no hybrid and/or digital option being currently planned.
The festival will include an opening night party, an industry conference, filmmaker dinners, dealmaker networking events, and in-person press conferences, as opposed to last year’s edition, where panels were mostly held virtually and reception events were either scaled back and/or canceled.
After expecting to return in person last year, the Delta variant of COVID-19 caused TIFF to rework their plans and offer a fully hybrid festival, with screenings of festival films both in-person and virtual (though the latter were geo-locked to Canada only). The festival also did “satellite screenings”, which screened festival films outside of the province of Ontario for the first time. For example, Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune was also screened in Montreal as part of TIFF during the first weekend of the festival.
No details from TIFF have been announced on the slate of films being presented, and the COVID measures in place, but expect an announcement in the summer, closer to the month of September.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter