TIFF 2007: Toronto International Film Festival Goes Into The Pixel
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TIFF 2007: Toronto International Film Festival Goes Into The Pixel

Another spate of announcements from the Toronto International Film Festival, with in particular an entirely new programme announced, Future Projections. To feature installations, interactive film projects, and other film-related art work presented outside the cinema space and throughout the City of Toronto, it’s to work as a companion to the Wavelengths programme. Eight of the nine multimedia installations will be offered as free, non-ticketed events, with entry to the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery offered free to Festival passholders/ticketholders for the duration of the Festival, and free to the general public on Wednesdays from 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
The programme includes works such as Ryan Sluggett’s Tyranny (a pendulum with a speaker swings above three floor-mounted monitors, each presenting animated video composed from over 5,000 digital stills) and Darfur/Darfur, an exhibit of digitally projected images depicting life and genocide in Darfur. Our interest is particularly piqued, however, by the Toronto premiere of the Into the Pixel exhibition, which is to feature 32 pieces of artwork from the last two years of video games. It will be taking place throughout the festival in the Great Hall at Ontario College of Art & Design.
It’s nice to see the Toronto International Film Festival take a greater interest in mediums other than film—particularly video games—in order to highlight their artistic and cultural relevance. Roger Ebert won’t be pleased, but Torontoist hopes they continue to increase the role of multimedia in the festival.
Back to film, they’ve also announced some new Discovery titles, including David Ross’ The Babysitters (featuring John Leguizamo), Rodrigo Plà’s La Zona, and Paprika Steen’s With Your Permission, as well as some new Visions titles, including Lee Myung-se’s M and Rolf de Heer’s Dr. Plonk.
Image: Speed Architecture: AG Systems—NanoGraff Squares by Rita Linsley (from Wipeout Pure).