While the line-up for every Telluride Film Festival is a closely held secret, those in the know have often used the Toronto Film Festival line-up as guide of potential movies premiering in Telluride. Films often start in Telluride as a sneak peek and move to Toronto for an official premiere.
This year, Toronto appears to be making it easier to identify which movies will show in Telluride before moving north by clearly labeling what type of premiere the movie will be making in Toronto. If it is a Canadian premiere, it suggests that the movie will be playing somewhere else in North American (Telluride) prior to showing in Toronto.
It’s been reported that Telluride will host the world premiere for Wild, staring Reese Witherspoon, and it will be hosting the North American premieres of The Initiation Game, Rosewater, Whiplash, Foxcatcher, and Mr. Turner. Obviously, I can’t guarantee that any of these films will actually show in Telluride. I'll find out, just like everyone else, when the SHOW begins.
In the David and Goliath battle between Telluride and Toronto, Telluride appears to holding its own. For those who haven’t been paying attention, the Toronto Film Festival announced that it would penalize films that showed at the Telluride Film Festival. That’s right, Toronto, the 4th largest city in North America (now bigger than Chicago), is scared of Telluride, a town will a population less than 1/1000 the size of Toronto.
While Toronto wins in population, the number of McDonald’s locations (at least 79), and being a banking headquarters (all 5 of Canada’s largest banks), Telluride looks down on Toronto from 8,740 feet compared to 250 feet for Toronto. Perhaps Toronto is suffering from a version little-man syndrome.
Yes, the Toronto Film Festival appears to be shaking at its knees after the Telluride Film Festival opened its 8th venue for watching films last year. It’s only a matter of time before Telluride expands from its current level of less than 5,000 attendees and takes away the 260,000 annual visitors to the Toronto festival.