The Toronto Film Festival has unveiled around 30 indie movie titles that will screen as part of its inaugural TIFF Industry Selects sidebar during this year’s online-only film market.
The international titles looking to spark interest at TIFF among buyers and global festival programmers include Nicole Riegel’s Holler, a 2020 SXSW pick that stars Jessica Barden and is produced by Paul Feig; Curtis Vowell’s New Zealand comedy Baby Done, from Taika Waititi’s Piki Films; and Falling For Figaro, Ben Lewin’s romantic comedy that stars Joanna Lumley and Danielle Macdonald.
The market picks for Toronto’s Sept. 10-19 run are separate from an earlier 50 indie titles selected for public and industry viewing. And they will only stream for registered buyers and media via the festival’s TIFF Digital Cinema Pro platform.
The festival’s market initiative will be used to shop Evan Morgan’s dramedy The Kid Detective, starring Adam Brody and Sophie Nelisse; Israeli director Nir Bergman’s Here We Are; Jesse Noah Klein’s family drama Like a House on Fire; and Nicole Garcia’s thriller Lovers, which will bow in Venice and stars Stacy Martin, Pierre Niney.
The TIFF Industry Selects sidebar, supported by national film promotion agencies, aims to help sales agents and distributors navigate the global Coronavirus crisis, which has only seen theaters recently reopen and the indie cinema market face an uncertain future.
TIFF’s 45th edition has opted for a hybrid event with limited in-person film screenings and mostly virtual red carpets, press conferences and industry events in its own response to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
European titles looking to build sales or secure additional film festival slots out of Toronto include David Dufresne’s documentary about police violence, The Monopoly of Violence; My Best Part, the directorial debut for French actor Nicolas Maury (Call My Agent!); and the Venice opening film The Ties, by director Daniele Luchetti.
A full list of TIFF Industry Selects titles is below.
A Good Man, Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, France
After Love, Aleem Khan, United Kingdom
And Tomorrow the Entire World, Julia Von Heinz, Germany/France
Apples, Christos Nikou, Greece
Baby Done, Curtis Vowell, New Zealand
Falling for Figaro, Ben Lewin, Australia/United Kingdom
The Garden, Ragnar Bragason, Iceland
Here We Are, Nir Bergman, Israel/Italy
Holler, Nicole Riegel, USA
In Between Dying, Hilal Baydarov, Azerbaijan/Mexico/USA
Karnawal, Juan Pablo Félix, Argentina/Brazil/Chile/Mexico/Norway
The Kid Detective, Evan Morgan, Canada
Kill It and Leave This Town, Mariusz Wilczynski, Poland
La Verónica, Leonardo Medel, Chile
Like a House on Fire, Jesse Noah Klein, Canada
Lovers, Nicole Garcia, France
Magic Mountains, Urszula Antoniak, Netherlands
Monday, Argyris Papadimitropoulos, United Kingdom/Greece/USA
The Monopoly of Violence, David Dufresne, France
My Best Part, Nicolas Maury, France
My Heart Goes Boom! Nacho Álvarez, Spain/Italy
My Name is Francesco, Totti Alex Infascelli, Italy
Passion Simple, Danielle Arbid, France/Belgium/Lebanon
Saint-Narcisse, Bruce LaBruce, Canada
Shorta, Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid, Denmark
Should the Wind Drop, Nora Martirosyan, France/Armenia/Belgium
Sweat, Magnus von Horn, Poland/Sweden
The Ties, Daniele Luchetti, Italy
Tove, Zaida Bergroth, Finland/Sweden
The Translator, Rana Kazkaz, Anas Khalaf, Syria/France/Belgium/Switzerland/Qatar