The Toronto International Film Festival has made some changes in the jury selection system for its annual Platform Award. Named for Jia Zhangke’s 2000 historical drama, the Platform Prize, now in its fifth year, is intended to honour “bold directorial vision,” and includes a prize of $20,000 (Canadian). Nominees, up to twelve films per year, are typically shown during the festival.

TIFF’s artistic director, Cameron Bailey, explained that the plan is to “expand the range of perspectives” represented by the jury, moving beyond recognised directors and including individuals working in all aspects of film. This year’s Platform jury will include award-winning director (Attenberg, Chevalier), producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer Athina Rachel Tsangari; Berlinale artistic director Carlo Chatrian; and Variety film critic Jessica Kiang.

Previous Platform selections have included…

  • 2015, Neon Bull, director Gabriel Moscaro
  • 2016, Moonlight, director Barry Jenkins
  • 2017, Nocturama, director Bertrand Bonello
  • 2018, Her Smell, director Alex Ross Perry

This year’s nominee will be announced in August. 

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival will run from September 5 – 15.

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