Toronto Film Fest to Filmmakers: It's Telluride or Us

Steve Pond, writing for The Wrap:

The Toronto Film Festival has decided that it’s time to force filmmakers and studios to make a choice: If you want a prime slot at our fest, stay away from Telluride.

After finding that its highest profile films were increasingly screening at the Telluride Film Festival a few days before coming to Toronto, TIFF organizers have told studios that its prestigious first-weekend bookings will this year be restricted to films making their world premieres or North American premieres.

This shouldn't come as a surprise but it's a little sad to see festivals becoming even more insistent that premieres are important. I'll be curious to see how TIFF handles "uninviting" a film to play if it breaks the rule.