The film festival, which is scheduled to take place from September 10 to 20, comprises a lineup of 50 new feature films, five programmes of short films, and Q&As with cast and filmmakers.
The 45th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), in partnership with Bell Media, has announced that TIFF will broadcast the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards on September 15 at 5 pm UAE time on CTV.
Produced by Bell Media Studios, the first-ever one-hour broadcast will feature special messages from the honourees. The broadcast will be streamed to a global audience by Variety.
TIFF revealed that Academy Award-winning actor Sir Anthony Hopkins will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award; director Chloé Zhao will receive the TIFF Ebert Director Award, and Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Mira Nair will be honoured with the Jeff Skoll Award in Impact Media.
With a career spanning over 60 years, Hopkins has starred in films including The Bounty, Howards End, Hitchcock, and the Thor series. He won an Academy Award for his role as Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs and was nominated for four other Academy Awards for his roles in The Remains of the Day, Nixon, Amistad, and The Two Popes.
Zhao’s upcoming film Nomadland, which explores the vast landscape of the American West, stars Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, and Charlene Swankie. The film will screen at TIFF and will be released by Searchlight Pictures this fall.
Nair is an Academy Award– and BAFTA-nominated filmmaker who has directed numerous films, including Mississippi Masala, the Venice Golden Lion-winning Monsoon Wedding, The Namesake, and Queen of Katwe.
TIFF previously announced Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet will receive a TIFF Tribute Actor Award.
The TIFF Tribute Awards ceremony is an annual fundraiser to support both TIFF’s year-round programming. The Awards honour the film industry’s outstanding contributors and their achievements, recognising leading industry members, acting talent, directorial expertise, new talent, and a below-the-line artist and creator.
“In what has been a challenging year for our global filmmaking community, we’re delighted to partner with Bell Media to unite cinemagoers across Canada, and around the world, to share in our love of film and celebrate the industry’s leading talent,” Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head, TIFF, said.
Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media added: “Featuring incredible career retrospectives along with appearances by extraordinary talent, we’re thrilled to be working with the TIFF team to create the inaugural broadcast of the 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards for viewers in Canada and around the world.”
Last year the inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala celebrated the contributions of Meryl Streep, Taika Waititi, Mati Diop, and Joaquin Phoenix, among others.
The 2020 TIFF Tribute Awards is produced by Bell Media Studios in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival.