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New TIFF '16 Films Announced! TIFF Docs, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Cinematheque, and International Short Cuts

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Aug 9, 2016

A wide range of TIFF16 films were announced today by the Toronto International Film Festival, including the documentary programme TIFF Docs, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Cinematheque, and the slate of international short films in the Short Cuts programme. Check out some highlights below, and visit our film list to see all the Festival films that have been announced so far.

The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2016 documentary programme presents a diverse collection of works from award-winning directors including Steve James, Raoul Peck, Errol Morris, and Werner Herzog, plus new talent telling stories in global hot spots such as Syria, Pakistan, and Myanmar. Leonardo DiCaprio is prominently featured in a rousing call to action on climate change in The Turning Point, in collaboration with Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens. TIFF Docs is generously sponsored by A&E IndieFilms.


Run for cover and grab your loved ones, Midnight Madness just unleashed its terrorific lineup. From high-octane crime films, gruesome visceral horrors, to a creepy, hair-raising documentary, and nerve-wrenching thrillers, this year’s slate will whet all appetites and leave audiences shocked, thrilled and checking under their beds before turning out the lights. Midnight Madness is generously sponsored by Cineplex Entertainment.

This year Midnight Madness welcomes back several alumni including Adam Wingard and Ben Wheatley; and exciting newcomers and heavy hitters André Øvredal, Greg McLean, Colm McCarthy, directing duo Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (The Mo Brothers), Kōji Shiraishi and Julia Ducournau; and for the first time at Midnight — Paul Schrader and Morgan Spurlock.

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This year's Vanguard programme features dark and edgy films that twist genre and art house conventions together in a new way. Vanguard is generously sponsored by AXE.

The 2016 selection includes Nacho Vigalondo’s twist on the Kaiju genre, Colossal; the first animated feature film from graphic novelist and animator Dash Shaw, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea; Fabrice Du Welz’s thrilling Message from the King; Sarah Adina Smith’s Buster's Mal Heart starring Rami Malek in his first leading role in a feature film; and The Bad Batch, the second feature from Ana Lily Amirpour starring Keanu Reeves, Jim Carrey and Giovanni Ribisi.

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Also announced today: the international titles that complete the full lineup for the Short Cuts programme. Forty-one titles join 33 previously announced Canadian short films, which will screen in 11 curated programmes. With settings that range from rural Tanzania to Mexico City, from war-torn Syria to a seemingly ordinary American suburb, the extraordinary works that make up this year’s programme capture perspectives and experiences in nearly every corner of the globe.

This year's Short Cuts jury includes American filmmaker Abteen Bagheri (That B.E.A.T.), French filmmaker Eva Husson (Bang Gang), and Canadian filmmaker Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls).

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The TIFF Cinematheque programme is also here. Highlights include a 30th anniversary screening of Jonathan Demme’s anarchic cult favourite Something Wild; Julie Dash's timely masterpiece Daughters of the Dust; Marlon Brando’s only directorial outing One-Eyed Jacks; and Gillo Pontecorvo’s epic The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri).

Other highlights include One Sings, the Other Doesn't (L'une chante, l'autre pas) from French feminist powerhouse Agnès Varda; and Guillermo del Toro’s 2006 fantasy thriller Pan's Labyrinth.

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For details of previous announcements, check out our Galas and Special Presentations and Canadian films, and to browse all the Festival films that are out so far, check out the film list. And keep watching this space for more exciting #TIFF16 news.