Like a River: Hideko Takamine
Though she claimed she had “no special characteristic,” the veteran star was one of the defining figures of classic Japanese cinema
The Smile of Setsuko Hara
Japan’s “Eternal Virgin” contained multitudes beneath her serene surface
Kinuyo Tanaka: Fragility and Resilience
Perhaps the greatest actress in classic Japanese cinema, Mizoguchi’s muse was also one of the country’s only female directors
The Mask of Monica Vitti
Durga Chew-Bose on the haunting visage of Antonioni's muse
TIFF Long Take - Ep. 73: Debra Granik on how to direct a breakout role
The director of Winter’s Bone and Leave No Trace breaks down her remarkable talent for spotting — and directing — the “next big thing”
For Indian audiences, Sridevi will never die
TIFF's tribute to the tragically departed Indian superstar begins this weekend
Viola Desmond Becomes the First Canadian Woman to Grace the $10 Bill
It happened at the movies
TIFF Long Take - Ep. 71: Is the Future of TV not on TV?
Ghost BFF creator and star Vanessa Matsui tells us why so many creators are choosing web series
Molly Haskell on Lauren Bacall and “the Hawksian Woman”
The pioneering film critic and feminist explains why she still loves the heroines of director Howard Hawks
TIFF Long Take - Ep. 69: The Perks of Working at Pixar
Animator Domee Shi tells us how she went from studying at Sheridan College to directing her first Pixar short in less than 10 years
TIFF Long Take - Ep. 68: How to Build a Career in Documentary Filmmaking
Director Sarah Burns tells us why she decided to stay in the family business
Elaine May is “a punk-f*ing-rocker”
How the former “funny girl” and fearless filmmaker became the scourge of Hollywood suits
"Sometimes you have to be a high-flying bitch"
Sophie Fiennes' documentary, Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami, returns to TIFF
The Double Life of Juliette Binoche
Sofia Bohdanowicz on how the French icon influenced the making of her first feature
The Radical, Radiant, and Revelatory Cinema of Agnès Varda
Celebrating a half-century of the French film legend’s marvellous “pictures with words”
Lillian Gish: Mama with a Shotgun
Before she packed heat in The Night of the Hunter, the screen legend helped give birth to the movies as we know them
Forever "The Girl from God's Country"
Nell Shipman gave Canadian cinema its first action heroine, movie mogul — and nude scene
From Musidora to Maggie Cheung: Celebrating a century of Irma Vep
The legacy of French film’s first screen supervillainess
Sifting through TIFF’s cache of correspondence from legendary silent-screen siren Louise Brooks
The Passion of Dorothy Arzner
Classic Hollywood's leading female director was also a fiery feminist and queer pioneer
When Lois Met Anna
The silent epic The Dumb Girl of Portici put a dance legend on screen for the first and only time — and brought together two of the greatest female artists of the era
TIFF has made a five-year commitment to increasing participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. We will prioritize gender parity with a focus on mentorship, skills development, media literacy, and activity for young people.
Unfortunately, there is a considerable lack of incredible female storytellers in key creative and decision-making roles in the film industry:
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—Ashley McKenzie, award-winning filmmaker
The Share Her Journey Ambassadors have joined a movement to champion female storytellers, supporting TIFF's commitment to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera.
GLOW, Condor, Dark Matter, The Carrie Diaries, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
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Mocassin Flats, Cardinal, Future History, Empire of Dirt, Blackstone
Director, producer, writer
Wexford Plaza, Sunbathing, Power of Love (Celine Dion Fans in Kenya)
The House of Sand and Fog, Star Trek Beyond, The Expanse, 24, The Stoning of Soraya M.
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Fashion, What’s Your Raashee?, Mary Kom, Quantico
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Home Again, Woman Walks Ahead, November Criminals, The Female Brain, A Tale of Love and Darkness
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Transparent, Afternoon Delight, Six Feet Under
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Everything Everything, Jean of the Joneses, Recovering Undercover Over Lover
Writer, director, editor
Werewolf, 4 Quarters, Stray, When You Sleep, Rhonda's Party
Director, writer, cinematographer, editor
Facade, Every Grain of Rice, This Home is Not Empty, How Do You Pronounce Pho?, Uprooted
Mary Goes Round, 3-way (Not Calling), Dawn, Stasis, Given Your History, I Am Not a Weird Person
Where Hands Touch, A United Kingdom, Belle, A Way of Life
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