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In celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival's 25th Anniversary in 2000, Festival audiences were treated to ten original short films by pre-eminent Canadian filmmakers. Each Prelude received its world premiere prior to the Gala presentations at Roy Thomson Hall, with multiple public screenings the following day.

The Preludes directors were challenged to produce a short film inspired by the Festival. Filmmakers were given free reign to create original works, entirely uncensored by the Festival. Considering the extraordinary talent assembled, this programme promised to be innovative, engaging, humourous, captivating, experimental, courageous and charming. And they certainly did not disappoint.

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Piers Handling

"...we had a dream - that ten of Canada's finest filmmakers would each make a short film as a gift to the Festival. Dreams come true. Thank you to everyone who made it happen."

Piers Handling
Director, The Toronto International Film Festival Group

Niv Fichman

"The Preludes are a tribute to the Festival and its undisputed role as the premier showcase of Canadian cinema. In so many ways, these ten days in September have touched us all, and for that we will always be grateful."

Niv Fichman
Executive Producer, Preludes and founding partner Rhombus Media

Camera, David Cronenberg
The Line, Atom Egoyan
Congratulations, Michael Jones
See you in Toronto, Jean Pierre Lefebvre
The Heart of the World, Guy Maddin
A Word from the management, Don McKellar
24fps, Jeremy Podeswa
This might be good, Patricia Rozema
Prelude, Michael Snow
Legs Apart, Anne Wheeler

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