From the editor.
It's been 20 years since the first poll was conducted in 1984, which, not coincidentally, was the year the festival launched Perspective Canada, its prototypical Canadian programming stream that would have a profound effect on the careers of a huge number of Canadian filmmakers in general and the Toronto new wave in particular. The careers of Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, John Greyson, Peter Mettler, Patricia Rozema, Ron Mann and many others were made with screenings in what would evolve into one of the most prestigious programs at the festival. The buzz for the opening night--the Friday night screening--was so tremendous, to be chosen was a hotly sought-after privilege. Ironically, Perspective Canada became the victim of its own success when it was announced earlier this year it was being replaced with two new Canadian programming streams, one for first-time features and the other for shorts. Perspective Canada was considered to be ghettoizing Canadian film and the senior filmmakers such as Egoyan, Arcand, Lepage, McKellar, Maddin and Cronenberg wanted more prominent showcases for their in-demand films. Consequently, the festival felt pressured to relax its narrow placement of Canadian features. In 2003, for the first time, there were actually more Canadian films and co-productions screened outside the bounds of Perspective Canada than in the program itself. Clearly the writing was on the wall and the festival has sensibly and relatively quietly dropped the best program it ever created because it had become too successful and therefore, sadly, redundant. RIP.
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|Date:||Sep 1, 2004|
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