TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival has just concluded with Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave pipping Riddick to the post for the top honors, but organizer Cameron Bailey has already unveiled a series of ambitious new plans for next year’s festival.
A tired looking Bailey spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec and this is what he had to say:
The first thing we’re going to change is the location. Toronto is a nice enough country but it’s really small and being wedged in-between Canada and Alaska like this … it’s kind of uncomfortable so we’re going to move the festival to Canada and just have done with it. But don’t worry: we’ll be keeping the name.
What other changes can we expect to see?
The date. Few people know this but TIFF got its name not as an acronym but because we had a tiff (or an argument) with the Venice Film Festival and that’s what led to our overlapping schedules. But it’s ludicrous and childish, so from now on we’re going to start on the last Wednesday in August and go on for about ten days.
But doesn’t that mean you’ll actually overlap completely with the Venice Film Festival?
Does it? I never thought of that. Ha ha. Well, what do you know.
The quality of the films has gone up. How do you intend to maintain that high level?
Almost impossible to after this year, I’d say. So next year, we’ll just be showing video games. No films at all. Just video games and perhaps one or two YouTube videos. Like that one Jimmy Kimmel did. That was fucking awesome. Did you see that? I mean her pants were on fire and I was like woah, but then it was all a gag. Good old Jimmy. Now that is art.
The Toronto Film Festival will take place in Canada from August to September 2014.