TORONTO As the biggest film festival in North America, the Toronto International Film Festival continues to be a star-studded affair, drawing high-profile celebrities, directors and producers, and media outlets to the city for 11 days. But what may have been most noteworthy about the festival’s 43rd edition, which took place September 6 to 16, were the event’s noticeable steps to address gender and racial inequality in the film industry.
The festival held its first women’s march and rally as part of Share Her Journey, a program in its second year that aims to prioritize gender parity in the film industry. And in an effort to be more inclusive and diversify coverage, the festival expanded its group of credentialed media by nearly 20 percent by adding critics and reporters from under-represented groups.
Along with inclusion efforts, the festival screened 255 films and was home to flashy premieres of films such as A Star Is Born and First Man, as well as Instagram-worthy lounges, activations, and panels from brands such as Nespresso, AT&T, IMDb, and Deadline Hollywood. Here’s a look at some of the most notable ideas from TIFF events this year.