Toronto International Film Festival: Schedule, Timing and Highlights

Toronto Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a premier global film festival that takes place annually in Toronto, Canada. As one of the largest public film festivals in the world, TIFF brings together acclaimed directors and Hollywood’s biggest stars to debut some of the most anticipated films of the year. From glamorous gala screenings to discoveries in its film lineup, TIFF offers an exciting viewing experience for movie lovers.

The Toronto International Film Festival® is excited to announce early details about its 48th edition. Recognized as the world’s largest public film festival, TIFF 2023 will welcome audiences from across the globe to Toronto to experience the best in international and Canadian cinema, press and industry screenings, special events, and red carpets featuring some of the biggest names in film. The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has established itself as a premier cultural event in the world of cinema. With 50 years of legacy, the festival has evolved from its humble beginnings as the Toronto Festival of Festivals to become a top destination event. Over the years, TIFF has set the standard for excellence in film programming, selecting films based on quality and originality, with a preference for premieres. This commitment to showcasing the best in cinema has earned TIFF a reputation as a leader in the international film community.

The festival attracts film lovers, industry professionals, and media from around the globe, offering them a unique opportunity to engage with each other. Filmmakers and audiences exchange ideas about the art and business of filmmaking, creating an environment that fosters creativity and innovation. Industry professionals can take advantage of specialized programming and networking opportunities to make informed business decisions.

The Toronto International Film Festival also celebrates Canadian cinema by showcasing Canadian feature films alongside international offerings. The Gala Presentation, filled with glitz and glamour, adds an additional layer of excitement to the festival. TIFF’s commitment to promoting Canadian and international cinema has made it a landmark destination for film enthusiasts and professionals alike. And let’s not forget the TIFF People’s Choice Awards and the Juried Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the world of film.

The festival is not limited to film screenings alone. TIFF also hosts the Industry Conference, a five-day event featuring over 40 panels and more than 100 speakers. Industry professionals have the chance to gain valuable insights and knowledge from some of the top screen professionals in the biz. The conference further enhances the festival’s reputation as a hub for industry networking and learning.

Attending the Toronto International Film Festival is a dream come true for any film lover. From purchasing tickets to planning your visit, there are several ways to get involved. The festival welcomes over 200,000 attendees each year, creating a vibrant atmosphere that buzzes with excitement and anticipation. Whether you’re a film fan, a filmmaker, or an industry professional, TIFF offers something for everyone.

Schedule of the Toronto International Film Festival 2023

The Schedule of the Toronto International Film Festival 2023 promises an exhilarating lineup of films and events that will leave you satiated with cinematic delights. This year, the festival will be held from September 7 to 17, taking place at various venues throughout Toronto, including the renowned TIFF Bell Lightbox, Scotiabank Theatre, The Princess of Wales Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, and even some of Toronto’s cool drive-ins.

You can find the link to the schedule from 7th to 17th here-

With over a week of screenings, you’ll have ample opportunities to catch the latest and greatest in international cinema. From thought-provoking documentaries to boundary-pushing experimental films, the festival caters to all tastes and interests. With nearly 200 feature films, 50 short films, and eight series from 72 different countries, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

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Films to catch at the Toronto Film Festival

Dumb Money

Dumb Money is based on the 2021 book The Antisocial Network by Ben Mezrich and chronicles the GameStop short squeeze of January 2021.
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Paul Dano, Pete Davidson

Dream Scenario

Paul Matthews, a listless family man and tenured professor with an affinity for evolutionary biology and anxiety regarding his own anonymity. One day, he discovers he has begun to appear in other people’s dreams at an exponential rate. As in life, his presence in these dreams is banal and non-intrusive — he’s simply there, staring indifferently at the fantasies and nightmares of strangers. Nonetheless, he becomes an overnight celebrity, and is soon showered with the attention he has long been denied.
Directed by: Kristoffer Borgli
Cast: Nicolas Cage


In the seedy domain of Miami’s criminal underbelly, a seasoned hitman embarks on the relentless pursuit of his next target. Shot entirely through thermal lens, he navigates a twisted world where violence and madness reign supreme. Tensions unravel, leading to a psychedelic journey that blurs the lines between predator and prey.
Directed by: Harmony Korine
Cast: Jordi Molla, Travis Scott

The Holdovers

The Holdovers follows a curmudgeonly instructor at a New England prep school who is forced to remain on campus during Christmas break to babysit the handful of students with nowhere to go. Eventually he forms an unlikely bond with one of them — a damaged, brainy troublemaker and with the school’s head cook, who has just lost a son in Vietnam.
Directed by: Alexander Payne
Cast: Paul Giamatti, Vine Joy Randolph

The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel is about two young women who are put on the defensive when they arrive in a dusty mining town brimming with unfettered male aggression.
Directed by: Kitty Green
Cast: Jessica Henwick, Julia Garner


The film follows Lee Miller as she travels to the frontlines of World War II as a photojournalist and embarks on a mission to expose the hidden truths of the Third Reich. But in the aftermath of betrayal, she comes to a reckoning about the truths of her own past.
Directed by: Ellen Kuras
Cast: Kate Winslet, Andy Samberg, Marion Cotillard

The Boy and the Heron

Already acclaimed as a masterpiece in Japan, Hayao Miyazaki’s new film begins as a simple story of loss and love, and rises to become a staggering work of imagination.
Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

The New Boy

The New Boy film

Set in the 1940s, the film is a spiritual drama that’s equal parts magic and heartache. Starring Oscar winner Cate Blanchett and newcomer Aswan Reid, The New Boy hauntingly evokes Australia’s fraught colonial legacy through the story of one very special child.
Directed by: Warwick Thornton
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Deborah Mailman

The Tundra Within Me

The New Boy film

Set amongst the reindeer herds of northern Scandinavia, a Sámi artist returns to her hometown where she confronts her past demons and finds an unexpected new love. The film reveals the immense importance of reindeer herding for Sámi culture and society and explores the redemptive powers of love, forgiveness, and home.
Directed by: Sara Margrethe Oskal
Cast: Risten Anine Kvernmo Gaup

Dicks: The Musical

The New Boy film

Two self-obsessed businessmen  discover they’re long-lost identical twins and come together to plot the reunion of their eccentric divorced parents, in this riotously funny and depraved musical from comedy icon Larry Charles.
Directed by: Larry Charles
Cast: Megan Mullally, Megan Thee Stallion, Bowen Yang, Nathan Lane


The New Boy film

Follows Simon, who must deal with the disappointment of two impossible loves: a passionate but destructive crush on Oliver and a distant and cold relationship with his mother Claire, who has just moved back in after a 15-year absence.
Directed by: Sophie Dupuis
Cast: Theodore Pellerin, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Félix Maritaud

Close to You

Sam has a chance encounter with an old friend on his way home to a dreaded family reunion that forces him to confront long-buried memories.
Directed by: Dominic Savage
Cast: Elliot Page, Hillary Baack

Hate to Love: Nickelback

An intimate portrait of the Canadian stadium rockers roller coaster career. From their rural roots in Alberta to becoming one of the most successful, yet divisive acts in music history.
Directed by: Leigh Brooks

Seven Veils

An earnest theater director has the task of remounting her former mentor’s most famous work, the opera Salome. Some disturbing memories from her past will allow her repressed trauma to color the present.

Directed by: Atom Egoyan
Cast: Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Liddiard

So mark your calendars, grab some popcorn, and get ready for a film-filled extravaganza like no other. The Toronto International Film Festival 2023 is ready to transport you into the world of cinema magic.

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