The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled a strong lineup of Canadian films including new works by acclaimed Canadian filmmakers Xavier Dolan, Sturla Gunnarsson, Ruba Nadda, Jacob Tierney and Denys Arcand, and an impressive number of first-time feature filmmakers. Jam-packed with compelling works ranging from thrillers and comedies to romances and musicals, this year's Canadian offerings promise to entertain, inspire and move audiences.
"These are filmmakers at the top of their craft, bringing fresh perspectives to traditional genres like comedies and less traditionally Canadian genres, such as musicals," said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF. "This year's slate truly showcases the diversity of talent in our country, featuring films from coast to coast."
Here's a selection of some of the Canadian films on offer at this year's film festival:
"We are inspired by the number of exceptional debut features from Canadian directors, reflecting the depth of talent in this country," said Agata Smoluch Del Sorbo, Canadian Features Programmer, TIFF.
"Extremely exciting is also the fact that female-driven narratives play a significant part in this year's programming, highlighting the strong, rich tapestry of our storytelling."
The Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film will be given to one of many outstanding Canadian filmmakers, with the City of Toronto Award for Best Canadian First Feature Film being presented to the Canadian filmmaker with the most impressive debut feature at the Festival. This year's esteemed Canadian awards jury includes filmmaker Michael Dowse ("The F Word"); director, writer and producer Ingrid Veninger ("The Animal Project"); producer Jennifer Jonas ("Gerontophilia"); and film critic Jason Anderson.