Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival © filmbuff421
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is perhaps the largest of its kind that is open to the general public. Unlike Sundance and Cannes, which screen a number of independent features and world-cinema projects, Toronto's famous film festival has a glamorous Hollywood sheen to it. Many filmmakers and studio bosses consider it to be a successful launching platform for the crazy awards season that eventually climaxes with the Academy Awards in February. TIFF screens nearly 400 films at various venues in downtown Toronto, attracting audiences amounting to more than 480,000 people, with only around 5,000 of them industry professionals.