Founded in 1939, the Cannes Film Festival is held annually at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès and is considered to be one of the most prestigious festivals worldwide.
One of the films from our collection that made an impression at Cannes is Leviathan
. This searing portrait of modern Russia follows a single family that becomes ensnared in the complex web of Russian politics. Stunningly shot and full of biblical references, this film also won at the Golden Globes and was Russia's nominee for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
- Toronto International Film Festival
Founded in 1976 at the Windsor Arms Hotel, the Toronto International Film Festival (often abbreviated to TIFF) is one of the most famous cultural institutions in Canada and one of the most respected film festivals across the globe.
In 2013, TIFF screened Laurence Anyways
, a film by Xavier Dolan. Following in the footsteps of I Killed My Mother
, this epic transgender romance has the protagonist compare being forced to stay in the closet to holding one's breath for 30 years. This film was not only honored at the Toronto Film Festival but also won the Queer Palm Award at Cannes.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts was formed in 1947 in order to unite the most promising filmmakers in Britain, with the explicit goal "to recognise those who had contributed outstanding creative work towards the advancement of British film."
More recently, this institution of British cinema has honored films such as Duncan Jones's Moon. This low-budget sci-fi featured Kevin Spacey lending his voice to the on-board computer, and took the prize for Outstanding Debut for a British Writer.