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TIFF tunes in to TV with “Primetime” program

The Toronto International Film Festival will this year focus on international television and episodic storytelling through its 'Primetime' program.
April 16, 2015

The Toronto International Film Festival will this year focus on episodic storytelling and international television through its ‘Primetime’ program.

The line-up is to include six programs that “demonstrate the strength of contemporary television coming from broadcasters, streaming services or independent filmmakers.”

As the six selections aren’t being confirmed until the summer, a TIFF spokesperson – when contacted by realscreen - couldn’t say whether any of the featured programming would be unscripted, but added: “We’re not ruling anything out at this point.”

The section will also feature public screenings and Q&A sessions with show creators.

“What better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than with a program that focuses on the new golden era of television that’s currently producing high-quality global programming, terrific writing, and direction that rivals the best feature filmmaking,” said Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF, in a statement. “The festival has explored this area for years and we’re thrilled to provide an exclusive platform for these strong creative voices.”

Cameron Bailey, artistic director of the festival, added: “Film and television have been converging for years, with many filmmakers gravitating to television to experiment with that medium. Primetime will highlight these developments internationally, spotlighting the growing intersection between these two moving-image cultures and industries.”

The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival is to take place from September 10 to 20.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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