What Indie Film Will Stand Out at This Year’s Toronto International Film Festival?

Toronto_International_Film_Festival_logo.svgProof that indie film is blossoming stronger than ever will again be ably demonstrated at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival this month. The lineup of films there are probably going to be award contenders in some form or another, but it’s sometimes hard to tell until there’s a complete audience verdict.

You can break down some of the interesting things these indie films might do for the industry in a couple of different categories:

More Indie Films With Strong Roles for Women

Women are starting to find more success as filmmakers and obtaining stronger roles in indie films the last few years. You can see evidence of this again in two strong indie films screening at TIFF this year. One is the film “Wild” with Reese Witherspoon in perhaps an Oscar-winning solo role. Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed who happened to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail all by herself without any backpacking experience.

The above is another in a possible series of movies that show adventurous women taking on nature under their own accord and ultimately helping themselves in the process. “Tracks” with Mia Wasikowska is a similar Aussie tale releasing to theaters this fall, though it already played film festivals months ago.

But it’s not all about women seeking adventure in nature. Greta Garwig stars in an intriguing new film called “Eden” that analyzes the 1990s and the electronic music scene of Paris during the era.

Big Names in Small Indie Features

A lot of mainstream actors, some even legendary, are deciding that small indies are where the best scripts are. You can see evidence of that at TIFF this year with Al Pacino and Holly Hunter appearing together in “Manglehorn”, an intense new drama set in Texas. It’s from director David Gordon Green who seems to have straddled the line between mainstream and indie.

This same formula can be seen in “Maps to the Stars” from director David Cronenberg. The film has Robert Pattinson who’s decidedly taken on indie features to distance himself further from his “Twilight” past. Indie favorite Mia Wasikowska is also supposed to be excellent in this playing a mentally disturbed 20-something. It takes on the dangers of show business and L.A. in a reportedly blisteringly way.

And other mainstream actors going indie for a change are Ansel Elgort and Adam Sandler who both star in the indie comedy-drama “Men, Women and Children.” It’s the latest from Jason Reitman who’s become a new bright light in creating low-budget indies with real substance.

All of these films are the result of indie films having their greatest renaissance right now. While some have been funded by studios, not all have. Crowd funding continues to help many indie films that you’ll be seeing in future months and years.

It’s our goal here at indieFilmFunding.com to get your film noticed, funded, and distributed to the right demographics. Contact us so we can help you get started on our site and attract the people who truly care about your film project. Your film may very well be screened at TIFF next year or another year once your film finds real purpose.

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Edward Panos
iFF | CEO
www.indieFilmFunding.com