Toronto: Athina Rachel Tsangari, Carlo Chatrian, Jessica Kiang Join Competition Jury

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Courtesy of Despina Spyrou; Alexander Janetzko/Berlinale 2019; TIFF

The trio will judge a festival competition to spotlight non-Hollywood studio movies in the TIFF lineup.

The Toronto Film Festival has named Chevalier director Athina Rachel Tsangari, incoming Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian and film critic Jessica Kiang to the jury for the 2019 Platform competition.

The competitive sidebar of up to 12 films spotlights non-Hollywood studio movies in the Toronto lineup. Previous Platform selections include Alex Ross Perry’s Her Smell, Armando Iannucci's Death of Stalin, Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Kamila Andini’s The Seen and Unseen, Natalie Portman's Jackie biopic and Barry Jenkins' Moonlight in 2016.

The Platform competition, set for its fifth year, allows Toronto to move beyond the glitz and glamour of Hollywood stars to focus on auteur-driven titles, some of which are foreign language pics. Toronto is also this year opening the jury up to industry professionals like Berlin's Chatrian and film critic Kiang, rather than tap master directors like Margarethe von Trotta, Brian De Palma and Bela Tarr, as in past years.

“As we continue to evolve and shape the future of this young program, we feel incorporating established industry professionals into its jury is the natural progression. We are very fortunate to have Carlo, Jessica and Athina join us as we make this transition," TIFF artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey, who helps program the Platform sidebar, said in a statement.

The 44th Toronto Film Festival is set to run September 5-15, after the lineup for this year’s Platform program is announced in August.