Festival Review: TIFF 2013, The Neoliberal Labyrinth of Cinema

Ege Edener


TIFF’s history coincides with the rise of national cinema in Canada. Since its foundation in 1976, it has played a large role in promoting homegrown talents and introducing them to international markets. Although it’s difficult to talk about the binding principles that define the Canadianness in Canadian films, we can still conclude that the “Canadian film canon has been predominantly bicultural” (Czach 1994: 81). This dual-cinemas tradition, (Anglo-Canadian and Quebecois), challenges the classic notion of national cinemas, where a cultural and/or national unity and homogeneity are the defining norms. But where do festivals like TIFF come into play?


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/cinej.2013.85


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