All the Canadian films screening at TIFF this year

Aug 22 2018, 2:18 pm

At the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival, moviegoers can look forward to a diverse group of films showcasing homegrown talent from all corners of the country.

Film buffs can enjoy 54 Canadian films at this year’s festival with 40% of them directed by women.

This year’s lineup includes work from notable Canadian filmmakers such as Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Ron Mann, Barry Avrich, and Edward Burtynsky, while newcomers Akash Sherman, Jasmin Mozaffari, Andrea Bussmann, Edenshaw, Haig-Brown, de Pencier, Zach Lipovsky, and Adam Stein will have their debuts.

A highlight of the festival will be a Special Event World Premiere and tribute showcasing the documentary Sharkwater Extinction, the final work by the late Toronto filmmaker and conservationist Rob Stewart.

Stewart passed away in 2017 while working on the film, a follow-up to his 2006 documentary Sharkwater.

From films that showcase Canada’s Indigenous talent to women-centric stories with strong female leads, here are all the Canadian films screening at TIFF this year.

Short Cuts

  • 7A: Zachary Russell
  • Accidence: Multiple directors
  • Animal Behaviour: Allison Snowden, David Fine
  • Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes): Amanda Strong
  • Brotherhood: Meryam Joobeur
  • Caroni: Ian Harnarine
  • Circle: Jayisha Patel
  • Dziadzio: Aaron Ries
  • Emptying the Tank: Caroline Monnet
  • EXIT: Claire Edmondson
  • Fauve: Jérémy Comte
  • GIRLFRIENDS: Marie Davignon
  • Glitter’s Wild Women: Roney
  • Good Boy: Fantavious Fritz
  • If This Isn’t Love: Luiza Cocora
  • Little Waves: Ariane Louis-Seize
  • My Boy: Sarah Pellerin
  • Norman Norman: Sophy Romvari
  • Paseo: Matthew Hannam
  • The Subject: Patrick Bouchard
  • Veslemøy’s Song: Sofia Bohdanowicz


  • ALTIPLANO: Malena Szlam
  • ante mis ojos: Lina Rodriguez
  • Fausto: Andrea Bussmann
  • Sira: Rolla Tahir
  • Slip: Celia Perrin Sidarous
  • The Stone Speakers: Igor Drljaca

Special Presentations

  • ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch: Multiple directors
  • Giant Little Ones: Keith Behrman (also screening at TIFF Next Wave)
  • MOUTHPIECE: Patricia Rozema
  • The Death and Life of John F. Donovan: Xavier Dolan
  • The Fall of the American Empire: Denys Arcand
  • The Fireflies Are Gone: Sébastien Pilote
  • The Grizzlies: Miranda de Pencier (also screening at TIFF Next Wave)
  • The Hummingbird Project: Kim Nguyen
  • Through Black Spruce: Don McKellar

TIFF Cinematheque

Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner/TIFF

  • Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner: Zacharias Kunuk


  • Carmine Street Guitars: Ron Mann
  • Freedom Fields: Naziha Arebi
  • Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz: Barry Avrich
  • What is Democracy? Astra Taylor


  • Clara: Akash Sherman
  • Edge of the Knife: Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown
  • Firecrackers: Jasmin Mozaffari (also screening at TIFF Next Wave)
  • Freaks: Zach Lipovsky, Adam Stein

Contemporary World Cinema

  • Falls Around Her: Darlene Naponse
  • Kingsway: Bruce Sweeney
  • Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin: Renée Beaulieu
  • Roads in February: Katherine Jerkovic
  • Splinters: Thom Fitzgerald
  • The Great Darkened Days: Maxime Giroux

Gala Presentations

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy/TIFF

  • Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy: Justin Kelly
  • The Lie: Veena Sud

Special Events

Sharkwater Extinction/TIFF

  • Sharkwater Extinction: Rob Stewart

The 43rd-edition of the Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 to 16.

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