The 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival was held from 5 to 15 September 2019.[1] The opening gala has been announced as the documentary film Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, directed by Daniel Roher.[2] The festival closed with a screening of the biographical film Radioactive, directed by Marjane Satrapi.[3]


In addition to its regular film awards, whose winners were announced at the conclusion of the festival, the festival announced in advance that Meryl Streep would be the inaugural recipient of the TIFF Tribute Actor Award, a new lifetime achievement award to honour distinguished work in film acting.[4]

The first award recipients were announced on September 12,[5] with the major awards announced at the close of the festival on September 15.[6] In light of the fact that international filmmakers are rarely still in Toronto to accept their awards in person by the end of the festival, the organizers opted to cancel the traditional awards ceremony, and instead announced the award winners through TIFF's social media.[7]

Award Film Director
People's Choice Award Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi
People's Choice Award, First Runner Up Marriage Story Noah Baumbach
People's Choice Award, Second Runner Up Parasite Bong Joon-ho
People's Choice Award: Documentary The Cave Feras Fayyad
People's Choice Award: Documentary, First Runner Up I Am Not Alone Garin Hovannisian
People's Choice Award: Documentary, Second Runner Up Dads Bryce Dallas Howard
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness The Platform Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness, First Runner Up The Vast of Night Andrew Patterson
People's Choice Award: Midnight Madness, Second Runner Up Blood Quantum Jeff Barnaby
Platform Prize Martin Eden Pietro Marcello
Platform Prize, Honorable Mention Anne at 13,000 Ft. Kazik Radwanski
Platform Prize, Honorable Mention Proxima Alice Winocour
Best Canadian Feature Film Antigone Sophie Deraspe
Best Canadian Feature Film, Honourable Mention The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn
Best Canadian Short Film Delphine Chloé Robichaud
Best Canadian Short Film, Honourable Mention The Physics of Sorrow Theodore Ushev
Best Canadian First Feature Film The Twentieth Century Matthew Rankin
FIPRESCI Discovery Prize Murmur Heather Young
FIPRESCI Special Presentations How to Build a Girl Coky Giedroyc
Best International Short Film All Cats Are Grey in the Dark Lasse Linder
Best International Short Film, Honourable Mention The Nap Federico Luis Tachella
NETPAC Award for World or International Asian Film Premiere 1982 Oualid Mouaness


The selection for the 2019 festival:[8][9][10]

Gala Presentations

Special Events

Special Presentations

Contemporary World Cinema




  • 1982 by Oualid Mouaness
  • Africa by Oren Gerner
  • The Antenna by Orçun Behram
  • The Audition by Ina Weisse
  • August by Armando Capó
  • Black Conflux by Nicole Dorsey
  • Bring Me Home by Kim Seung-woo
  • A Bump Along the Way by Shelly Love
  • Calm with Horses by Nick Rowland
  • Certified Mail by Hisham Saqr
  • Comets by Tamar Shavgulidze
  • Disco by Jorunn Myklebust Syversen
  • Easy Land by Sanja Zivkovic
  • Entwined by Minos Nikolakakis
  • The Giant by David Rabo
  • The Good Intentions by Ana García Blaya
  • Hearts and Bones by Ben Lawrence
  • Hope by Maria Sødahl
  • Kuessipan by Myriam Verreault
  • Lina from Lima by María Paz González
  • The Lost Okoroshi by Abba Makama
  • Love Me Tender by Klaudia Reynicke
  • Murmur by Heather Young
  • My Life as a Comedian by Rojda Sekersöz [sv]
  • Noura's Dream by Hinde Boujemaa
  • The Obituary of Tunde Johnson by Ali LeRoi
  • Pompei by Anna Falguères and John Shank
  • Raf by Harry Cepka
  • The Rest of Us by Aisling Chin-Lee
  • Sea Fever by Neasa Hardiman
  • Simple Women by Chiara Malta
  • Sole by Carlo Sironi
  • Son-Mother by Mahnaz Mohammadi
  • Stories from the Chestnut Woods by Gregor Božič
  • Sweetness in the Belly by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari
  • Two of Us by Filippo Meneghetti
  • Zana by Antoneta Kastrati

Short Cuts

Midnight Madness






  1. ^ Ahearn, Victoria (20 August 2019). "TIFF 2019: Festival shifts to a paperless schedule". The Globe and Mail. Toronto. Retrieved 11 September 2019 – via The Canadian Press.
  2. ^ The Canadian Press (18 July 2019). "TIFF 2019 to open with documentary about Canadian rock legend Robbie Robertson". Toronto Star. Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  3. ^ "World premiere of 'Radioactive' is the TIFF closing night gala film" (PDF). Toronto International Film Festival press release. 23 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Meryl Streep to get new acting award at Toronto gala". Associated Press via the Toronto Star, 26 July 2019.
  5. ^ "The film Martin Eden wins TIFF’s Platform Prize". Toronto Star, September 13, 2019.
  6. ^ Hipes, Patrick (12 September 2019). "Toronto Film Festival Jury Winners: 'Martin Eden', 'Murmur', 'How To Build A Girl'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  7. ^ Etan Vlessing, "Toronto Film Festival Cancels Awards Ceremony". The Hollywood Reporter, 12 September 2019.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (23 July 2019). "Toronto Fest 2019 Starpower: Hanks' Mr Rogers, Bale-Damon's Ford V Ferrari, Phoenix' Joker, Streep's Laundromat, Eddie Murphy's Dolemite, Daniel Craig's Knives Out, Kidman's Goldfinch Among Premieres". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 23 July 2019.
  9. ^ TIFF Adds World Premiere Of Docu ‘David Foster: Off The Record’. Deadline Hollywood, 30 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Toronto Adds The Aeronauts, Mosul, Seberg, & More To Festival Slate". Deadline. Retrieved 16 August 2019.

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