2019 Toronto International Film Festival: TIFF Tribute Gala launches as annual award show

June 27, 2019

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The following is a press release from the Toronto International Film Festival:

Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey, Co-Heads of TIFF, today announced the TIFF Tribute Gala,  an annual awards fundraiser to support TIFF’s year-round programmes and core mission to transform the way  people see the world through film, and to celebrate the film industry’s outstanding contributors. The event  takes place Monday, September 9, 2019, at the Fairmont Royal York, during the 44th Toronto International Film  Festival. To recognize their leadership in creating a union between social impact and cinema, the TIFF Tribute  Gala will introduce the new ​TIFF Impact Award​. ​Participant Media​ will receive the inaugural award, which will  be accepted by Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and CEO David Linde, marking an incredible 15 years of  social action through storytelling. The TIFF Tribute Gala will also include the new ​Mary Pickford Award​,  honouring a female emerging talent in the industry. The inaugural award is given this year in celebration of  United Artists’ 100th anniversary. The recipient of this award, as well as additional honourees for the TIFF  Tribute Gala, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Through our programming, we have had the privilege of celebrating new talents and showcasing works from  renowned veterans in the industry over the past four decades. We wanted to build on the success of last  year’s tribute gala to outgoing Director and CEO Piers Handling in the form of a new annual awards event that  highlights some of the year’s best films, as well as longtime contributors to our industry,” said Vicente. “The TIFF Tribute Gala will recognize and celebrate the lifetime achievements of leading industry members, like the  outstanding Jeff Skoll and David Linde; acting talent and directorial expertise; and new talent. It will also  showcase a below-the-line artist and creator and their significant work.”

Founded by Jeff Skoll in 2004 based on his prescient vision of entertainment to inspire social change, Participant Media ​— celebrating its 15th anniversary this year — has expanded into a multi-platform content company that produces impact campaigns alongside its content designed to accelerate the reach and impact of solutions to the world’s most pressing issues. To date, Participant has produced more than 100 feature and documentary films that have collectively earned 73 Academy Award​®​ nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for “Green Book” (2019) and ​”Spotlight” (2016), Best Foreign Language Film for ​”Roma” (2019) and “​A Fantastic Woman” (2018), and Best Documentaries ​”Citizenfour” (2015) and ​”An Inconvenient Truth” (2007)​. Participant has partnered with many of the world’s most renowned filmmakers, including Steven Spielberg, Alfonso Cuarón, Ava DuVernay, Laura Poitras, George Clooney, Cary Fukunaga, Julia Reichert, Steve James, Stephen Gaghan, Steven Soderbergh, Jonathan Demme, Mimi Leder, Richard Linklater, Gus Van Sant, John Madden, Tom McCarthy, Alex Gibney, Errol Morris, Davis Guggenheim, Robert Kenner, Margaret Brown, and Joshua Oppenheimer.

In recognition of outstanding female talent, TIFF will present the ​Mary Pickford Award​, named in honor of  Mary Pickford, the pioneering actor, producer, and Co-Founder of United Artists. The annual award will launch  in conjunction with United Artists’ 100th anniversary this year, and will honor an emerging female talent who  is making groundbreaking strides in the industry, as Pickford did. A Toronto native, Pickford was the  highest-paid actor — male or female — during the late 1910s and was a savvy businesswoman who helped  shape the industry as we know it today. In 1919, she revolutionized film distribution by partnering with Charlie  Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, and D.W. Griffith to form United Artists. Pickford, who also went on to co-found  what is today the Motion Picture & Television Fund and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences,  continued to be a part of United Artists through the early 1950s. The award will be presented by MGM.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.

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About TIFF

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through  film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival  in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and  entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates  an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors  including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the  Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more  information, visit tiff.net.    TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa,  and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.

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