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13 filmmakers compete for the TIFF '18 Toronto Platform Prize

12 films, 1 prize

Aug 8, 2018

Today, the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival unveiled the 12 feature films of its 2018 Platform programme, marking a year rich in distinct voices and assured directorial efforts through genres ranging from period pieces to police dramas — and even a little sci-fi.

“This year’s Platform selection stands out for the assured and precise directing on display,” said TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling. “We are thrilled to present a slate that perfectly embodies the essence of the programme with so many risk-taking, challenging, and, at times, formally inventive titles that are the result of audacious directors making bold choices.”

The programme includes four features (30%) directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. Hailing from the Americas, Europe, and China, all but one of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the Festival. This year will include new works from Emir Baigazin, Ho Wi Ding, Simon Jaquemet, Karyn Kusama, Alejandra Márquez Abella, Emmanuel Mouret, Carol Morley, Benjamín Naishtat, Alex Ross Perry, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, Markus Schleinzer, and Tim Sutton.




The Good Girls (Las niñas bien)

Now in its fourth year, Platform is the Toronto International Film Festival’s juried programme that champions risk-taking, with a lineup of up to 12 works with high artistic merit and a bold directorial vision. A three-person jury selects the winner of the Toronto Platform Prize, an award of $25,000 CAD made possible by Air France, which will be presented to the best film in the lineup at the Awards Ceremony on the last day of the Festival.

Previous titles that have screened as part of the programme include Armando Iannucci’s The Death of Stalin (2017), Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country (2017), Pablo Larraín’s Jackie (2016), Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight (2016), and Eva Husson’s Bang Gang (2015).

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. Tickets packages are now on sale.


Cities of Last Things


Her Smell

Films competing as part of the Platform programme include:

Angelo | Markus Schleinzer, Austria/Luxembourg
World Premiere

Cities of Last Things | Ho Wi Ding, Taiwan/China/USA/France
World Premiere

Destroyer | Karyn Kusama, USA
International Premiere

Platform Opening Film
Donnybrook | Tim Sutton, USA
World Premiere

The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) | Alejandra Márquez Abella, Mexico
World Premiere

Her Smell | Alex Ross Perry, USA
World Premiere

The Innocent | Simon Jaquemet, Switzerland/Germany
World Premiere


The River



Platform Closing Film
Jessica Forever | Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel, France
World Premiere

Mademoiselle de Joncquières | Emmanuel Mouret, France
World Premiere

Out of Blue | Carol Morley, UK
World Premiere

The River | Emir Baigazin, Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway
North Premiere

Rojo | Benjamin Naishtat, Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherland/Germany
World Premiere

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