Sarah Polley, Xavier Dolan, Michael McGowan, Bernard Émond and Bruce Sweeney will be bringing new productions to the Toronto Film Festival this year.
TIFF's second 2012 press conference, held at the Fairmont Royal York, was dedicated to presenting the Canadian features, documentaries and shorts that will be vying for audiences' attention in September.
Making their world premieres in the Special Presentations program are Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Inch'Allah, set in a Palestinian refugee camp, and McGowan's Still, starring James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold as an aging New Brunswick couple.
Also screening as Special Presentations are Dolan's Laurence Anyways, an epic story of a transsexual; Polley's experimental documentary Stories We Tell and Brandon Cronenberg's Antiviral, a science-fiction thriller about celebrity co-starring Sarah Gadon, who broke out at last year's festival in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method.
The dissolution of the Canada First! program means that Jason Buxton's Blackbird, Igor Drljaca's Krivina, Kate Melville's Picture Day and Kazik Radwanski's Tower will make their debuts in the Discovery program, while Contemporary World Cinema welcomes returning filmmakers Rafaël Ouellet (Camion), Bruce Sweeney (The Crimes Of Mike Recket), Sudz Sutherland (Home Again), Sean Garrity (My Awkward Sexual Adventure) and Anita Doron (The Lesser Blessed).
The Masters program will premiere All That You Possess, the new film from La Donation director Émond, while TIFF Docs will launch Revolution, a study of environmental activism from Sharkwater writer-director Rob Stewart. And Jason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson's I Declare War makes its debut in the Vanguard program.
TIFF also announced the 44 shorts that comprise the Short Cuts Canada programs, among them new work from Charles Officer (100 Musicians), Mike Clattenburg (Crackin' Down Hard) and Deco Dawson (Keep A Modest Head).
The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6-16. Complete details of today's announcements can be found at tiff.net.