The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't have the prestige of Cannes, the indie clout of Sundance, the beauty of Telluride or the careful curation of Venice.
But it has some of what all of those other festivals have -- and a lot more.
In many ways, Toronto is all about volume. It has more movies than most -- 289 features at last count. It is one-stop shopping (or viewing) for those who want to see Oscar hopefuls, or potential blockbusters, or provocative documentaries, or challenging foreign films from Cannes and elsewhere, or cinematic art projects or just about anything else that can be projected on a screen.
So the press will descend, the buyers will descend, the sellers will...