TIFF 2021: Wrap-Up and Reflections

Richard Gray

September 21, 2021

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is unquestionably one of the top showcases for film in the world. For their 2021 edition, they not only welcomed people back to in-person screenings, but also showcased some of their online selection for press and punters alike.

As headliners like Last Night in Soho, Dune, The Power of the Dog and The Eyes of Tammy Faye swept the popular votes and circles of buzziness, the festival was back with a hybrid bang*. Yet there were also gems from around the world: Justine Bateman’s debut Violet, Hong Sung-Eun’s Aloners and Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s Montana Story. We saw upcoming television episodes in South Korea’s Hellbound. Closer to home, we recalled the ‘Black Summer’ of bushfires in Eva Orner’s Burning.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is unquestionably one of the top showcases for film in the world. For their 2021 edition, they not only welcomed people back to in-person screenings, but also showcased some of their online selection for press and punters alike.

As headliners like Last Night in Soho, Dune, The Power of the Dog and The Eyes of Tammy Faye swept the popular votes and circles of buzziness, the festival was back with a hybrid bang*. Yet there were also gems from around the world: Justine Bateman’s debut Violet, Hong Sung-Eun’s Aloners and Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s Montana Story. We saw upcoming television episodes in South Korea’s Hellbound. Closer to home, we recalled the ‘Black Summer’ of bushfires in Eva Orner’s Burning.