Five Fall Film Festivals

Breakout films and celeb sightings await this month



We’ve got the scoop on North America’s best film festivals of the season, including the most buzzworthy premieres, celebs to expect, special events and new offerings.

Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF’s 40th anniversary is expected to be extra special. New sections include Primetime, featuring six international television series, as well as Platform, with first-ever screenings of 12 films judged by respected film critics. Don’t miss opening night’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts (both are expected to attend), or the world-premiere of Where to Invade Next presented in-person by filmmaker Michael Moore.

September 10 to 20

Calgary International Film Festival

This year at CIFF, be sure to check out the four Alberta-made feature-length films and eight Alberta shorts. Five gala films throughout the festival include screenings followed by an after-party with a chance to meet and converse with filmmakers like Canadian Paul Gross, who will be talking about his film Hyena Road. Director Marc Abraham’s opening night gala film I Saw The Light, about late country singer Hank Williams, is sure to create plenty of excitement.

September 23 to October 4

Vancouver International Film Festival

VIFF is the world’s largest showcase of Canadian films—92 homegrown full-length and short films will be screened during the festival. Fashionistas won’t want to miss Style in Film, a series of seven films with a focus on fashion. VIFF will also screen more than 30 feature films from Cannes including The Assassin and The Measure of a Man. Plus, the third edition of the BC Spotlight program will showcase 11 of the year’s best local films including Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World.

September 24 to October 9

New York Film Festival

The 53rd NYFF at Lincoln Centre opens with the world premiere of the anticipated 3-D film The Walk, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The festival’s Convergence experience will feature interactive films and installations like the virtual reality film The Dog House and a travelling “truth box” where participants can share confessions on camera. Following the festival’s anniversary film tradition, there will be a special 15th anniversary screening of O Brother, Where Art Thou? with the Coen brothers, musical guests and cast in attendance.

September 25 to October 11

San Diego Film Festival

Perfect weather combined with two beautiful festival locations—the historic Gaslamp Quarter and the seaside community of La Jolla—make for an ideal setting to celebrate the best in film. This year’s gala screenings include the world premiere of Calgarian director Lawrence Roeck’s Diablo, which was filmed in Alberta and stars Danny Glover. Keep your eyes peeled on the red carpet for producer Kweku Mandela (Nelson Mandela’s son).

September 30 to October 4

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