Genevieve Nnaji Appointed as TIFF Ambassador

The Toronto International Film Festival has named Nollywood actress Genevieve Nnaji, among others, an ambassador for this year’s TIFF to help amplify and publicise this year’s edition.

New appointees include Hiam Abbass, Haifaa Al-Mansour, Shamier Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Olivier Assayas, Gael García Bernal, Derek Cianfrance, Mark Cousins, Julie Delpy, Barry Jenkins, Jia Zhang-ke, Barbara Kopple, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Brie Larson, Kasi Lemmons, Tatiana Maslany, Carey Mulligan, Genevieve Nnaji, Alanis Obomsawin, Natalie Portman, Zachary Quinto, Isabella Rossellini, Albert Serra, Wim Wenders, Olivia Wilde and Donnie Yen.

Earlier announced ambassadors include Riz Ahmed, Tantoo Cardinal, Priyanka Chopra, Alfonso Cuarón, Claire Denis, Ava DuVernay, Atom Egoyan, Sarah Gadon, Isabelle Huppert, Rian Johnson, Anurag Kashyap, Nicole Kidman, Nadine Labaki, Viggo Mortensen, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Jason Reitman, Martin Scorsese, Denis Villeneuve, Taika Waititi, Lulu Wang and Zhang Ziyi.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s event will hold both virtually and physically. There will be socially distanced screenings while industry engagement and a limited screenings will be online.

Geoff Macnaughton, Senior Director of Industry & Theatrical, TIFF, said, “In a time of disruption, professionals from around the world still look for occasions to come together, share innovative ideas, buy and sell content, and find creative ways to collectively forge ahead towards a safer, healthier, and inclusive future.” 

“This year, delegates can expect to find community, connection, inspiration, and talent — the foundation that will serve as the way forward,” he added.

The Festival will take place from September 10 – 19.

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