“What better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary than with a program that focuses on the new golden era of television that’s currently producing high-quality global programming, terrific writing, and direction that rivals the best feature filmmaking,” Handling said. “The festival has explored this area for years, and we’re thrilled to provide an exclusive platform for these strong creative voices.”
The Primetime lineup, which will be announced in the coming months, will present up to six contemporary TV programs from broadcasters, streaming services or independent filmmakers. In addition to public screenings and Q&A sessions, the festival will offer related programming in its industry confab, with creative producers and experts from the global TV landscape in the mix.
“Film and television have been converging for years, with many filmmakers gravitating to television to experiment with that medium,” said TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey. “Primetime will highlight these developments internationally, spotlighting the growing intersection between these two moving-image cultures and industries.”
The 40th Toronto Intl. Film Festival runs Sept. 10-20.