Why the Toronto International Film Festival?

Regardless of the film or the response to the film you’re in, there will always be a love for the fact that you did something creative and that everybody is excited about it. I think that’s the spirit here.
Jake Gyllenhaal

Not only is it the place, but it is also the time. I think it is the beginning of so many wonderful movies coming out. It’s a real stepping point for film makers of all different kinds and all different types of minds to come, and I think Toronto embraces that and loves that. The enthusiasm – particularly the Canadian enthusiasm – is a very particular type of enthusiasm that I think is wonderful for people who put themselves out and make themselves vulnerable in whatever they do, to know that no matter what happens, they’re going to be supported. Every single premiere I’ve been to here is always full of this wonderful positivity, and I love coming back because I know regardless of the film or the response to the film you’re in, there will always be a love for the fact that you did something creative and that everybody is excited about it. I think that’s the spirit here.
Jake Gyllenhaal, at the TIFF press conference for Prisoners (2013)

As a Toronto International Film Festival volunteer for the past four to five years, I play a part in advocating the festival. There are many film industry professionals who have spoken out about how much TIFF stands out as a film festival compared to other festivals during this time (e.g. Telluride and Venice). But since Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favourite actors, this quote will be most memorable to me. I find him very well-spoken, and although that might give his quote less genuine, the fact that he began his answer with the fact that he has filmed a movie here recently, it feels like he understood the city more than other actors did.

I am glad that one of my favourite actors enjoys visiting my city, Toronto!

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