European Film Promotion (EFP) is delighted to be able to put a spotlight on 18 European titles among a long list of outstanding European films that are part of this year's line-up at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, 7-17 September 2023).

18 national film promotion institutes and another eight world sales companies will be participating in the various TIFF promotion initiatives offered by EFP, including the EUROPE! UMBRELLA, in order to maximise exposure and visibility for their films at one of North America's most important festivals.

The EUROPE UMBRELLA! as a promotion base for all European films at TIFF is funded by the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme and the participating national film promotion institutes as well as by Eurimages, whose representatives will also be on site at the festival‘s Industry Centre.

18 European films from this year’s TIFF line-up are highlighted by their respective countries for EFP’s promotional activities and are running in the various sections of the festival. Ten of them will be celebrating their world premieres such as Woodland by Elisabeth Scharang (Austria / Centrepiece), 1001 Nights by Rea Rajčić (Croatia / Short Cuts), Homecoming by Suvi West and Anssi Komi (Finland / TIFF Docs), Spirit of Ecstasy by Héléna Klotz (France / Platform), Not A Word by Hanna Slak (Germany, Slovenia, France / Platform), Solitude by Ninna Pálmadóttir (Iceland, Slovak Republic / Discovery), I Told You So by Ginevra Elkann (Italy / Platform), A Happy Day by Hisham Zaman (Norway / Centrepiece), Working Class Goes to Hell by Mladen Djordjevic (Serbia, Greece, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania / Midnight Madness) and Shame on Dry Land by Axel Petersén (Sweden, Malta / Platform). Five productions will be having their North American premiere in Toronto, such as Here by Bas Devos (Belgium / Wavelengths, TIFF '23), Mambar Pierette (Belgium, Cameroon / Wavelengths, TIFF '23), Green Border by Agnieszka Holland (Poland, Czech Republic, France, Belgium / Centrepiece, Luminaries), Sweet Dreams by Ena Sendijarević (The Netherlands, Sweden, Indonesia, France / Centrepiece) and Radu Jude’s latest film Do Not Expect Too Much from the End of the World (Romania, Luxembourg, France, Croatia / Wavelengths, TIFF '23). The Promised Land by Nikolaj Arcel will celebrate its Candadian Premiere (Denmark, Germany, Sweden / Special Presentation) whilst Flora and Son by John Carney (Ireland / Gala Presentation) will have its international premiere at TIFF as well the short film Been There by Corina Schwingruber Ilić (Switzerland) running in the Short Cuts Programme.

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Prior to the festival, EFP hosted a special, exclusive preview online event for a select number of North American distributors to cast a spotlight on six of the ten aforementioned world premieres in cooperation with TIFF Industry.

The EUROPE! UMBRELLA at TIFF 2023 is made possible thanks to the support from the Creative Europe MEDIA Programme of the European Union and Eurimages, as well as from the participating national film promotion institutes, EFP’s member organisations: Austrian Films, Croatian Audiovisual Centre, Danish Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, Flanders Image/Belgium, German Films, Icelandic Film Centre, Norwegian Film Institute, Screen Ireland and Swedish Film Institute.

The EFP member organisations Unifrance, Cinecittà (Italy), Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales / ICAA (Spain) and the Polish Film Institute will be operating their own individual stands alongside and in addition to the EUROPE! UMBRELLA.


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