Priyanka Chopra, Anurag Kashyap among ambassadors for Toronto film fest 2020
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival, which will take place from September 10 to 19, will hold physical screenings at drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets and press meets
Priyanka Chopra and Anurag Kashyap are among the global celebrities invited to be ambassadors of the 45th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which is scheduled to take place from September 10 to 19. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the festival will hold physical screenings at drive-ins, digital screenings, virtual red carpets, and press conferences.
Following the announcement, Priyanka took to Twitter and tweeted a video showing her journey with TIFF.
Ava DuVernay, Darren Aronofsky, Taika Waititi, Nicole Kidman, Martin Scorsese, Nadine Labaki, Alfonso Cuarón, Tantoo Cardinal, Riz Ahmed, Rian Johnson, Jason Reitman, Isabelle Huppert, Claire Denis, Atom Egoyan, Viggo Mortensen, Zhang Ziyi, David Oyelowo, Lulu Wang, Rosamund Pike, Sarah Gadon, and Denis Villeneuve are the other ambassadors of TIFF 2020.
"The pandemic has hit TIFF hard, but we've responded by going back to our original inspiration -- to bring the very best in film to the broadest possible audience," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head, TIFF, in a statement.
"Our teams have had to rethink everything, and open our minds to new ideas. In countless video calls over the past three months, we have rebuilt our festival for 2020 drawing on our five decades of commitment to strong curation, support for filmmakers, and engagement with audiences. We have listened to this year's urgent calls for greater representation of under-represented voices. You'll see that this year at the Festival. And we have watched as audiences have embraced cinema's ability to transport them through screens of all sizes. You'll see that too. We're excited to present thoughtful, high-impact programming this September that reflects our belief that there's no stopping great storytelling," Bailey said.