Gender equality in TIFF has increased

Each year the Toronto Film Festival brings together more women who bring their perspective to the world-renowned event .

Brie Larson, Toronto Film Festival Ambassador

Every year the Toronto Film Festival is committed to increasing female participation in the event. / Photo: IG / tiff_net

The Woman Post | Maria Lourdes Zimmermann

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Virtuality is no longer a novelty in times of pandemic, and the Toronto Film Festival in its 45th edition, is making progress in its preparations to be held online from September 10 to 19.

A novelty of the event, without a doubt, is the participation of women in the direction, co-direction and creation of 45% of the reduced list of participating films in 2020.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, on Wednesday, TIFF organizers revealed that the 2020 list of around 50 movie titles confirmed the news. "Even though TIFF 2020 is a smaller festival, adapted to the moment we are all in, women continue to take center stage," said the festival organizers while promoting their Share Her Journey initiative so that more women and their work are incorporated into the content of the film industry.

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Toronto is planning gala screenings for Halle Berry's directorial debut Bruised, Chloe Zhao's Nomadland starring Frances McDormand, and Regina King's One Night in Miami. Also recorded on TIFF were Michelle Latimer's documentary Inconvenient Indian, Emma Seligman's family drama Shiva Baby, Naomi Kawase's True Mothers, and Suzanne Lindon Spring Blossom's debut feature.


Last year, TIFF's largest 2019 lineup of 328 films (244 feature films, 82 shorts) featured 36 percent of its films directed, co-directed, or created by women, up slightly from 35 percent in 2018.

The number of female participation continues to grow annually according to TIFF records.

Also this year, actors Sheila Atim (Bruised), Rainbow Dickerson (Beans), Tanya Maniktala (A Suitable Child) and Madeleine Sims-Fewer (Rape) will be honored as TIFF Rising Stars, and veteran Canadian director Tracey Deer will be honored at the TIFF Tribute Awards when he receives the Emerging Talent Award while premiering his latest film, Beans, in Toronto according to The Hollywood Reporter.