TIFF partners with Crave to stream 2019 world premieres

TIFF Selects, a new collection on the Bell Media streamer, will bring the festival's world premieres to Canadian audiences, including Antigone and The Twentieth Century.
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The Toronto International Film Festival has partnered with Bell Media to make its annual festival selections available to stream.

TIFF Selects will be a new collection on the Crave streaming platform, with 11 world premieres from TIFF 2019 to start.  The partnership will expand TIFF’s presence on Crave and allow the streamer to grow its mandate of acquiring and distributing cultural content, said Bell Media president Randy Lennox in a statement.

Three Canadian features are among the first selections. Sophie Deraspe’s Antigone (pictured), which won TIFF’s Best Canadian Feature prize at last year’s festival and was Canada’s pick for the Oscar’s international category, will hit Crave in February. Matthew Rankin’s gonzo historical comedy The Twentieth Century, which picked up TIFF’s Best Canadian First Feature award in 2019, will premiere in March. Daniel Roher’s Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, which made history last year as the first Canadian documentary to open TIFF, is set to debut in the spring.

The eight international films are now available to stream, including Orçun Behram’s The Antenna (Turkey), María Paz González’s Lina from Lima (Chile/Argentina/Peru) and Atiq Rahimi’s Our Lady of the Nile (France/Belgium/Rwanda).

The partnership between TIFF and Crave is “good for business and furthers TIFF’s mission to showcase exceptional cinema to audiences across the country,” according to Joana Vicente, TIFF executive director and co-head.

While Crave and TIFF did not specify the duration of the partnership, Lennox said it would continue for “many years to come,” with the goal of expanding the distribution for “well-deserving films.”

A Bell Media spokesperson confirmed to Playback Daily that are no future announcements planned for additional TIFF 2019 world premieres.

Crave previously unveiled its Best of TIFF collection in fall of last year, which featured past TIFF premieres that were available on the streaming service. That collection, which is separate from the new TIFF Selects section, contains more than 80 titles such as The Princess Bride and Boogie Nights.