Toronto Film Festival to Program TV Dramas

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As the line between film and television blurs, the inaugural Primetime sidebar will showcase six top episodic series.

The Toronto Film Festival is bringing an improbable breakout sensation to its upcoming 40th edition: TV.

With indie filmmakers increasingly directing edgy cable dramas, the Canadian festival on Friday unveiled plans for an inaugural Primetime sidebar in September 2015 to feature six top international dramas.

"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," Piers Handling, director and CEO of the Toronto festival, said in a statement.

The festival has yet to name the six episodic dramas to be celebrated on the big screen, but added they will come from international broadcasters, streaming services or indie filmmakers. The new sidebar will include public screenings and Q&A sessions with the shows' creators.

The Toronto Film Festival will run Sept. 10-20.

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