TIFF 2021 kicks off awards season with Denis Villeneuve Tribute
Toronto has always helped pitch Oscar nominees – 2021 is no exception.
The fall awards season is kicking off. Last year, future Oscar winners Sir Anthony Hopkins (Sony Pictures Classics’ “The Father”) and Chloe Zhao (Searchlight’s “Nomadland”), as well as nominated composer Terence Blanchard (“Da 5 Bloods”) began their Oscar campaigns at the (hybrid) Toronto International Film Festival’s second annual Tribute Awards fundraiser. The year before, TIFF’s inaugural awards gala honored potential Oscar winners such as Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”) and Joaquin Phoenix (“The Joker”).
While the final format of the 46th edition of the Toronto Film Festival is still pending, Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, co-directors of TIFF, have announced that they will present the TIFF Ebert Award for Director to French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve, whose L The long-delayed space epic “Dune” will debut in Venice before being screened at TIFF.
“The TIFF Ebert Director Award recognizes filmmakers who have exemplified greatness in their careers,” Bailey, artistic director and co-head of TIFF said in an official statement. “The many films of Denis Villeneuve, including” Blade Runner 2049 “,” The Arrival “,” Sicario “,” Enemy “,” Prisoners “and” Incendies “, to name a few, and his upcoming epic adaptation of the flagship novel ‘Dune’, which he directed, co-wrote and produced, testify to Denis’ limitless ability to tell authentic and passionate stories. There is no doubt that Denis is an accomplished and exceptional filmmaker.
The festival also honors Indigenous documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media, which recognizes leadership in creating a union between social impact and cinema, as well as a career retrospective, Celebrating Alanis. . “As a talented documentary maker and passionate storyteller,” added Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Director of TIFF, “Alanis raises awareness of vital Indigenous issues and is widely recognized as a national treasure for her extraordinary work. What’s really beautiful is that this year we’re celebrating two incredible filmmakers, both of whom have deep personal connections to this country and have contributed to our cinematic landscape in very unique ways.
The 2021 TIFF Tribute Awards will be co-produced by Bell Media Studios and, for the second year in a row, will be broadcast nationally on CTV and broadcast internationally on Variety.
Villeneuve is an Oscar-nominated French-Canadian filmmaker whose attention to detail and striking visuals have established him as one of today’s premier filmmakers. Villeneuve is gearing up for the release of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, “Dune,” which he directed, produced and co-wrote (with Jon Spaihts and Eric Roth). The film stars Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Josh Brolin, Stellan Skarsgård, Dave Bautista, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Zendaya, Chang Chen, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa and Javier Bardem.
A member of the Abenaki Nation of Canada, Obomsawin has worked as a filmmaker and producer at the National Film Board of Canada since 1967. On December 10, 2020, Obomsawin accepted the Rogers-DOC Luminary Award to the DOC Institute Honors, which is awarded to a someone who embodies the creative spirit of the Canadian documentary tradition and mentors the next generation of non-fiction directors. In October, she received the Glenn Gould Prize from an international jury. Obomsawin’s 2019 production “Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger” was his 52nd film, completed in the 52nd year of a career chronicling the lives and concerns of First Nations people. On June 27, 2019, Obomsawin was named a Companion of the Order of Canada, his highest honor. In the fall of 2021, the retrospective Alanis Obomsawin: Lifework will be presented at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin.
The federal government announced Monday that the Canadian border will open to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents on August 9, 2021, and to the rest of the world on September 7, 2021, allowing TIFF to accommodate some of its usual volume of international press, industry and talent return to the festival as allowed by the canadian government. Following the opening of the border and theaters in Ontario, TIFF has added the Scotiabank Theater Toronto for the first five days of the festival to its list of in-person venues to host a number of additional screenings for audiences and the press and industry. , which will also remain available online on TIFF Digital Cinema Pro for press and industry. The industry conference will continue to be a digital-only event.
More information on Press & Industry’s in-person screening capabilities and how Access works will follow in the next two weeks.