The Toronto Film Festival on Thursday unveiled its 2018 Platform section jury for its upcoming 43rd edition in September.
Hannah Arendt director Margarethe von Trotta, Hungarian filmmaker Bela Tarr (Damnation, Satan’s Tango) and South Korean director and novelist Lee Chang-dong will judge this year’s competition.
Now in its fourth year, the Platform section sees up to 12 auteur films coming into Toronto without Hollywood studio backing compete for the $25,000 prize. Last year’s Platform competition included Mike White’s Brad’s Status, starring Ben Stiller, and The Death of Stalin, from Veep creator Armando Iannucci.
The 2017 jury members Chen Kaige, Malgorzata Szumowska and Wim Wenders chose Australian filmmaker Warwick Thornton’s Sweet Country as their prize winner.
Away from the A-list talent striding up its red carpets, Platform aims to get Toronto back to its roots as an international festival with a focus on foreign-language and auteur-driven titles. Offering the Platform competition along with its long-standing People’s Choice audience awards also comes as the event increasingly competes with the Telluride and Venice fests for the latest works by international filmmakers.
This year’s Platform lineup will be announced Aug. 7. The Toronto Film Festival will run Sept. 6 to 16.