What's remarkable about the award is that over its forty-year history, a large amount of movies picked have gone on to become all-time classics and big Oscar winners. With such a buffet of quality represented, I decided to dive in and pick and rank ten of the best films that have ever walked away with TIFF's coveted People's Choice Award.
The offerings at this year's Toronto International Film Festival in particular represent some of the best documentarians currently working, and show that this renaissance is far from over. Here then are the most promising docs appearing at this year's festival.
Which is why I thought it'd be a good idea to go directly to the source to guide your film selection process. Five TIFF programmers generously took the time to give us their own personal top 3 hidden gem recommendations for movies you should check out and be sure not to overlook.
So, here then are the best sounding foreign movies appearing at TIFF this year that represent some of the world's greatest filmmakers or the movies that you'd do well to check out now in case they don't ever make it to Blu-Ray, Netflix or Zip.ca.
Of course, for the best results, you have to follow the right people on Twitter. Here then are a few must-follow film professionals (more than half of which are Torontonians) to add to your Twitter feed. You can trust them not just for good assessments of what's at TIFF, but also tweeting entertainment in general for all you movie buffs out there.
In an effort to give you stargazers a good place to start, I've narrowed down the list of luminaries headed to the festival to the top 50 screen legends, and listed them by scheduled public appearance date; click on each name to get more info on times and locations for each screening. Hope you've got your autograph books and Sharpies ready.
Here are the top 50 stars scheduled to appear at TIFF 2014.