TIFF announces one of its 'most diverse' Canadian lineups ever

Featured films will tackle the perspectives of Muslim families, Indigenous outcasts and police officers of colour.
Sadaf Foroughi's AVA is just one of the many Canadian films screening at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. (Screenshot/YouTube)

We're quickly approaching this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 7 to 17, and more films have been announced. 

Today, the festival's Canadian lineup was released and programmers Steve Gravestock and Magali Simard are boasting that it's one of the "most diverse" lineups they've ever put together. 

"There have been years where filmmakers have had a global focus [to their work], which certainly reflects the multicultural nature of Canada," Gravestock says, in a press release. "But the depth and detail in which Canadian filmmakers have gone into controversial issues this year is unusual."

Included in the lineup are films that will tackle myriad perspectives and genres, from the coming-of-age story of a Muslim girl (AVA) to a French-Canadian zombie movie (Les Affamés), there is something for everyone at this year's festival. Included in that diversity is the gender makeup of the films announced. Thirty percent of the films were directed by women.

Other notable films added to the TIFF lineup include: Kim Nyugen's Eye on Juliet, his follow up to last year's Two Lovers and a Bear which screened at TIFF; The Carter Effect, a documentary that follows the career of former Toronto Raptors star Vince Carter; A Worthy Companion, a first feature by the Sanchez Brothers starring Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood; and Alias Grace, the CBC miniseries based on the Margaret Atwood novel which will take part in the fest's Prime Time programme.  

Below are all the films announced today, which will screen during TIFF. For more information about the festival, head over to its website

Special presentations

Eye on Juliet, Kim Nguyen (North American premiere)


Our People Will Be Healed, Alanis Obomsawin (world premiere)

TIFF docs

- The Carter Effect, Sean Menard (world premiere)

- Living Proof, Matt Embry (world premiere)

- There is a House Here, Alan Zweig (world premiere)


- A Worthy Companion, Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez (world premiere)

- All You Can Eat Buddha, Ian Lagarde (world premiere)

- AVA, Sadaf Foroughi (world premiere)

- Black Cop, Cory Bowles (world premiere)

- Cardinals, Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley (world premiere)

- Luk'Luk'I, Wayne Wapeemukwa (world premiere)

- Mary Goes Round, Molly McGlynn (world premiere)

- Never Steady, Never Still, Kathleen Hepburn (world premiere)

Contemporary world cinema

- Black Kite, Tarique Qayumi (world premiere)

- Don't Talk to Irene, Pat Mills (world premiere)

- Les Affamés, Robin Aubert (world premiere)

- Meditation Park, Mina Shum (world premiere)

- Porcupine Lake, Ingrid Veninger (world premiere)

- Public Schooled, Kyle Rideout (world premiere)

- Pyewacket, Adam MacDonald (world premiere)

- The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes), Simon Lavoie (world premiere)


Alias Grace, Mary Harron (world premiere)


- Prototype, Blake Williams (North American premiere)

- Ta peau si lisse (A Skin so Soft), Denis Côté (North American premiere)

— Melody Lau, q digital staff


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