2006 Toronto International Film Festival

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2006 Toronto International Film Festival
2006 Toronto International Film Festival poster.jpg
Festival poster
Opening filmThe Journals of Knud Rasmussen
Closing filmAmazing Grace[1]
LocationToronto, Ontario, Canada
Hosted byToronto International Film Festival Group
No. of films352 films
Festival dateSeptember 7, 2006 (2006-09-07)–September 16, 2006 (2006-09-16)

The 31st Toronto International Film Festival ran from September 7 to September 16, 2006. Opening the festival was Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, a film that "explores the history of the Inuit people through the eyes of a father and daughter."[2][3][4][5][6]

In a press release dated June 27, 2006, twenty-six international film selections were announced which previously premiered at major film festivals worldwide. Of the films announced, twenty-five of them will receive their North American premiere.[7]

Among the many anticipated films were Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Volver by Pedro Almodóvar, Election 2 (a.k.a. Triad Election) by Johnnie To, The Fountain by Darren Aronofsky and The Host by Bong Joon-ho.

Bella took top prize at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival by winning the highly coveted "People's Choice Award", a distinction which puts them in the company of such Oscar-winning films as Chariots of Fire, American Beauty, Life Is Beautiful, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hotel Rwanda. Last year's winner of the "People's Choice" Award, Tsotsi, won an Oscar for best foreign-language film.

Bella marks the feature directorial debut for Alejandro Monteverde, who also co-wrote its original screenplay with Patrick Million. Bella features Manuel Perez, Angélica Aragón, Jaime Terelli and Ali Landry. Bella was produced by Sean Wolfington, Eduardo Verastegui, Leo Severino, Alejandro Monteverde and Denise Pinckley and executive produced by J. Eustace Wolfington, Ana Wolfington and Stephen McEveety. The film was financed by producers Sean Wolfingtonand Eustace Wolfington. McEveety (Braveheart, We Were Soldiers, Passion of the Christ) consulted on the script and signed on as an Executive Producer to help market the movie. Bella is McEveety's first release under his nascent Mpower Films moniker and marks his first feature since ankling Mel Gibson's Icon productions.


Awards presented during the film festival included:[8][9]

Gala Presentations

Special Presentations


Real to Reel



Contemporary World Cinema

Midnight Madness



Canada First!

Short Cuts


  1. ^ "Abolitionist tale closes Toronto film festival". CBC News. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival 2006 Annual report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-05-07. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Toronto International Film Festival 2006: Everything Announced". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  4. ^ "2006 TIFF Update #1: "Seein' in the Rain"". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  5. ^ "2006 TIFF Update #2: "First Fruits"". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Festival Focus: The 2006 Toronto International Film Festival". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  7. ^ TIFF.net | Home Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine. Tiffg.ca. Retrieved on 2014-05-22.
  8. ^ "2006 Toronto International Film Festival Winners". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  9. ^ "TIFF 2006: Awards Announced". Retrieved 11 October 2013.
  10. ^ "History of the Toronto International Film Festival's MIDNIGHT MADNESS Programme". Archived from the original on October 19, 2013. Retrieved October 19, 2013.

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