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Countdown to Toronto: back to present the best of world cinema - Sept. 6-16, 2012
16 August 2012
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Founded in 1976, TIFF is one of the most prominent film festivals in the world and North America΄s most important film event. What began as a ten-day film festival has grown to embrace programming 365 days a year. TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from Canada and around the world. 

The 37th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16, 2012 and has announced its full slate of  its Contemporary World Cinema Programme. World premieres from Sion Sono, Dror Sabo, Edward Burns, Annemarie Jacir, Pelin Esmer, Carlos Sorin, Zeze Gamboa and Iannis Smaragdis, are among 62 international titles. Offering a variety of filmmakers’ voices and perspectives from around the world, the lineup draws from Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Israel, India, Japan, Mozambique, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Turkey, Greece and more.

Some of the films announced in festival΄ s Contemporary World Cinema programme are, Children of Sarajevo by Aida BegicGod loves Caviar by Iannis Smaragdis, Watchtower, second feature by Pelin Esmer and When I saw you by Annemarie Jacir, a Greek-Palestinian co-production,  that in 2011 participated in the Agora Works in Progress winning the Graal Post-production Award. 
Annemarie Jacir has told Agora team when finishing post-production: We were so happy with Graal we ended up doing all our post-production in Greece. We arrived to find excellent facilities, top technicians, and the most friendly and supportive people there. I hope to collaborate with Graal on all my future projects. Without the award from Thessaloniki I don΄t know how we could have finished the film. Working with Graal was a dream come true for us.

Previously announced to participate in the New Wavelengths section is new film The Capsule by one of the bright lights of contemporary cinema, Athina Rachel Tsangari who won worldwide acclaim for her second feature Attenberg — which left a lasting impression at the Festival in 2010 and produced Yorgos Lanthimos’ Academy Award –nominated Dogtooth. 

This year, TIFF also brings together the worlds of film and education by partnering with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series. This initiative pairs five films in the Contemporary World Cinema programme with expert scholars from the Munk School. Audiences will have the chance to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions, following each film’s second public screening. Speakers include Ron Deibert, Janice Gross Stein, Ron Levi, Brian Stewart and Michael Ignatieff. 

The Contemporary World Cinema Programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Sun Life Financial.
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