The Toronto International Film Festival seeks to promote awareness, understanding and appreciation of cinema art. The goal of this International film festival is to present the best films from around the world, based on originality and quality.
For 11 days, the festival presents the largest number of Canadian films of any festival in the world. The festival presents at least two screenings for every invited film with at least one of the screenings for industry members and press.
In 2009, the festival received more than 3,000 film submissions with 336 films screened. Competitive categories include Canadian Features, Canadian Documentary Features, Canadian Shorts, Canadian Documentary Shorts, International Features and International Documentary Features.
Awards include the People’s Choice Award, Best Canadian Feature Film, Best Canadian Short Film, Best International Film and a Film Critics Special Presentation.