Seoul takes centre stage as the focus of the Toronto International Film Festival's City to City program this fall.

TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey announced the choice of the South Korean capital today.

"Seoul is one of the most exciting cities on the planet, and you can feel that energy in its films," Bailey said in a statement.

"South Korea's capital continues to produce consistently strong cinema, from art house to commercial. Seoul's best auteurs win major festival awards, while its genre masters are sought after in Hollywood and its actors have won fans all across Asia. This year we want to introduce our audience to Seoul's next generation."

Bailey is teaming up with TIFF international programmer Giovanna Fulvi to select the movies for the lineup, which will be unveiled in August.

"After years of screening South Korea's cinema, it's a thrill to have the opportunity of this spotlight. When it comes to film, Seoul is a city that never fails to produce new talent and surprising works of art," Fulvi said.

Now in its sixth year, the City to City program highlights a specific metropolis annually and screens the latest from filmmakers currently living and working there.

The program has previously shone its spotlight on young Athens directors reviving the cinema scene in troubled Greece, the gritty indie movement in Mumbai, exciting genre directors based in Buenos Aires, resourceful up-and-coming filmmakers in Istanbul and urban moviemakers in Tel Aviv.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 4-14.