2023 Industry Selects

2023 Industry Selects

Rounding out the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is TIFF Industry Selects, a curated selection of 12 audience friendly films beyond the Official Selection that are available for worldwide acquisition. These films will each have an in-person screening during the Festival for accredited buyers and industry professionals.


Amelia's Children

Gabriel Abrantes, Portugal
Goodfellas, CAA
September 8 | Scotiabank 6 | 12:00 PM | Private

DIAMANTINO co-director Gabriel Abrantes and star Carloto Cotta reunite for a Euro-Gothic creeper about an American and his girlfriend (Brigette Lundy-Paine) who discover he's the long-lost heir to a Portuguese fortune ... with some very strange family ties.

Bonus Track

Julia Jackman, UK
Bankside Films, Erebus
September 8 | Scotiabank 5 | 12:10 PM | Buyers Only

Sixteen-year-old George Bobbin (Joe Anders) insists he's a future pop star, although no one else in his tiny English town agrees. And then he meets the son (Samuel Paul Small) of a famous musical duo who helps him rehearse for their school's talent show , leading both boys to grow closer creatively and personally.


Jimmy Warden, US
Radiant Films International, CAA
September 8 | Scotiabank 6 | 9:15 AM | Private

Los Angeles, 1996: Recovering from their last encounter, a devoted bodyguard (Eric Dane) must thwart the very persistent stalker (Ray Nicholson) of a Madonna-level pop star (Samara Weaving) when he breaks out of an institution and takes her hostage in her own home.

The Boy in the Woods

Rebecca Snow, Canada
Myriad Pictures
September 9 | Scotiabank 5 | 12:10 PM | Buyers Only

Jett Klyne stars in the remarkable true-life story of Maxwell Smart, a Jewish boy who survived the Nazi occupation of Eastern Europe by hiding out in the forests of Poland.

Dance First

James Marsh, UK
Film Constellation
September 9 | Scotiabank 6 | 11:45 AM | Buyers Only

Gabriel Byrne plays the literary giant Samuel Beckett in this biographical drama from Oscar-winner James Marsh (MAN ON WIRE, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING), co-starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Maxine Peake, Aidan Gillen and Fionn O'Shea.

The Home

James DeMonaco, US
Miramax, CAA
September 9 | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 4 | 9:30 AM | Private

The squishy new horror film from James DeMonaco, creator of the Purge series, stars Pete Davidson as a twentysomething screwup who's assigned community service at a fancy retirement home ... and comes to suspect some very unpleasant things are going on upstairs.


Neil Burger, US / UK / Egypt / India
Miramax, CAA
September 7 | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 4 | 5:45 PM | Private

When Maya (Phoebe Dynevor) learns her father Sam (Rhys Ifans) was once a spy, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an international conspiracy in this nervy, fast-moving thriller from director Neil Burger (THE ILLUSIONIST, LIMITLESS, DIVERGENT).

Les Hommes de Ma Mère / My Mother’s Men

Anik Jean, Canada
September 10 | Scotiabank 5 | 9:10 AM | All Industry

After her mother's death, Elsie (Léane Labrèche-Dor) sets out to find her five ex-husbands and scatter her ashes with each of them -- tracing her own history in the process, and seeing her mother's life in an entirely new way. Directed by Anik Jean and co-starring Patrick Huard, Marc Messier, Colm Feore and Anne-Marie Cadieux.


Lonzo Nzekwe, Canada
Sales: Freddie Films
September 8 | Scotiabank 5 | 9:10 AM | All Industry
September 11 | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 7 | 6:30 PM | All Industry

Orah Madukaku (STAR TREK: DISCOVERY's Oyin Oladejo), a Nigerian immigrant in Toronto, agrees to launder money for a sleazy lawyer in exchange for bringing her son to Canada. When the plan goes terribly awry, Orah pledges to avenge her son by any means necessary.

Queen of Bones

Robert Budreau, Canada / US
September 10 | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 7 | 3:30 PM | Private

Martin Freeman, Taylor Schilling, Julia Butters and Jacob Tremblay star in this dark Depression-era folktale focused on twin siblings who suspect their father is hiding secrets to their deceased mother's connection with the supernatural. Directed by Robert Budreau (BORN TO BE BLUE, STOCKHOLM).

Umbrella Men II: Escape from Robben Island

John Barker, South Africa
Africa Entertainment In America (AEIA)
September 9 | Scotiabank 5 | 9:10 AM | All Industry

They pulled off the perfect heist, and went to prison anyway -- so now it's up to the women of the Umbrella gang to orchestrate their escape from Robben Island Prison in this sequel to John Barker's 2022 crime comedy.

Vera and the Pleasure of Others

Romina Tamburello & Federico Actis, Argentina
September 9 | Scotiabank 6 | 9:15 AM | Buyers Only

Vera (Luciana Grasso) is 17, and like any teenager she divides her days between volleyball, school, and renting out an empty apartment in her mother's building to classmates looking for a place to have sex. An inventive new look at desire and longing from directors Romina Tamburello and Federico Actis.