The Toronto International Film Festival announced that its new home, the Bell Lightbox building, will open its doors on September 12, 2010, just in time for the 35th edition of the world-renowned festival. Designed by Toronto-based architecture firm Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB), the building will house five public cinemas, ranging from 550- to 80-seat theaters, as well as a three-story atrium, two galleries, three learning studios, a center for students and scholars, the staff offices of TIFF, a bistro, a restaurant and a lounge. ‘TIFF Bell Lightbox is a permanent home for cinema lovers from around the world,’ said TIFF director/CEO Piers Handling. ‘We have spent a decade working on this project and its opening marks a new step in the evolution of TIFF. Audiences visiting our new home and experiencing our wide range of programming will see that we are so much more than a 10-day event in September.’
The number of cinemas that will be operational during this year’s festival has yet to be determined. Noah Cowan, artistic director, TIFF Bell Lightbox will be programming year-round content for the Bell Lightbox with his programming team. To date, two programs have been announced for 2010: Essential Cinema, a TIFF-curated film and exhibition program that will include 100 ‘essential’ films, and an exhibit on the work of Tim Burton, curated by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, which will also include a full film retrospective.