Cinematic Magic Abounds in Canada
Canadian film festivals offer something for everyone. Canada has been the backdrop for a vast number of films and television programs for many years now, thanks to the fact that it’s cheaper to film there and the Canadian government offers tax breaks to lure industry professionals in to make their movies there. Therefore, while audiences are engrossed in a movie that is supposed to take place somewhere in the United States or elsewhere, they’re really looking at Canadian scenery. If you want a good overview of why such functions are held annually, read The Purpose of Film Festivals to understand the role they have in marketing, public relations, education, gathering talent, and showcasing foreign cultures.
Let's begin with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which has been dedicated to showcasing the best international and Canadian films to its audiences for the last 35 years. This festival has grown so prolific that it essentially offers programming to cinema lovers 365 days a year. Apart from screening all kinds of films of different genres, workshops, lectures, and discussions are held throughout the year so that film lovers and filmmakers can meet and together form a different (perhaps more enlightened) perspective of the world at large. Find out everything you need to know about this creative whirlwind that ignites Toronto with a love for cinema by reading The Toronto International Film Festival: Tips on Entering Your Film in the Festival.
Toronto is also the home of funny in films. Giggleshorts is one of the world's largest international comedy short film festivals. Submissions to this comedy film festival must be less than 15 minutes and the best (whether it’s a spoof, sketch, short comedy film, or animations) will be screened when they hold the festival in late January every year. Toronto also hosts the World Comedy Film Festival which is a not-for-profit independent event that offers screenings, workshops, and classes in March when it’s held. Its mission is to cultivate and advance comedy film making in Canada. While we’re on the subject of comedy, we should also point out the world renowned Eat My Shorts film festival that accompanies the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival every July over in Montreal. This one draws in the big talent scouts in the industry.