TIFF going virtual this year offered an opportunity for novice film writers to cover a festival they might not have been able to otherwise. It democratised access to films, which may or may not release globally.
TIFF 2020: The Disciple shares Amplify Voices Award with Night of the Kings; Nomadland bags People's Choice prize
The first runner-up for the TIFF People's Choice Award was Oscar-winning actor Regina King's directorial debut, One Night in Miami, also one of the best-regarded films in the festival programme.
Nomadland, featuring Frances McDormand in the lead, bagged the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival this year
Ava DuVernay, Tabu, Regina King, Jodie Foster, Olivia Colman, Colin Farrell, and Delroy Lindo were among the presenters at the TIFF Tribute Awards function.
Venice Film Festival 2020: Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, Chaitanya Tamhane's The Disciple win top honours; see full winners list
Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland, a recession-era road trip drama starring Frances McDormand, won the Golden Lion for best film at the 2020 Venice Film Festival
Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera noted past “embarrassing percentiles” and said that the films this year were selected “exclusively on the basis of their quality" and not as a result of gender protocols.
Many film festivals are offering a mix of virtual and physical events in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Venice, Toronto film festivals to simultenously premiere Frances McDormand's Nomadland under new alliance
Chloe Zhao’s Nomadland is the first movie announced in the new partnership between Venice, Toronto, New York and Telluride festivals, which typically compete against each other for world premiere rights.