While it may be hard to believe, the fall festival season—and as a result, film awards season—is quickly approaching. That was made further evident by today's initial programming announcement for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, the 43rd annual North American celebration of big premieres, special presentations, galas, talks, and more. 47 films have so far been announced to screen at the Canadian festival (listed below) with many more to come over the following weeks. 

As officially announced by the festival, "Of the 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 21 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres and 11 Canadian Premieres. The selection announced today includes 13 features directed by women."

A few films to keep an eye on include Barry Jenkins' follow-up project to MoonlightIf Beale Street Could Talk, the latest film from French master Claire Denis, High Life, Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)'s Chicago-set remake, Widows, Alfonso Cuarón's heavily buzzed about Roma, French actress Mélanie Laurent's Galveston, David Lowery's re-teaming with his Pete's Dragon leading man Robert Redford on The Old Man & the GunSara Colangelo's American remake of The Kindergarten Teacher, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Cannes-winning Shopliftersand Jason Reitman's second film of 2018, The Front Runner

Check out the list below of the films that have been announced thus far.


Beautiful Boy, Felix van Groeningen

Everybody Knows, Asghar Farhadi

First Man, Damien Chazelle

Galveston, Mélanie Laurent

The Hate U Give, George Tillman, Jr

Hidden Man, Jiang Wen

High Life, Claire Denis

Husband Material, Anurag Kashyap

The Kindergarten Teacher, Sara Colangelo

The Land of Steady Habits, Nicole Holofcener

Life Itself, Dan Fogelman

The Public, Emilio Estevez

Red Joan, Sir Trevor Nunn

Shadow, Zhang Yimou

A Star is Born, Bradley Cooper

What They Had, Elizabeth Chomko

Widows, Steve McQueen


Special Presentations

Mouthpiece (Opening Film)
Patricia Rozema

Ben is Back, Peter Hedges

Burning, Lee Chang-dong

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Marielle Heller

Capernaum, Nadine Labaki

Cold War, Paweł Pawlikowski

Colette, Wash Westmoreland

Dogman, Matteo Garrone

The Front Runner, Jason Reitman

Giant Little Ones, Keith Behrman

Girls of the Sun, Eva Husson

Hotel Mumbai, Anthony Maras

The Hummingbird Project, Kim Nguyen

If Beale Street Could Talk, Barry Jenkins

Manto, Nandita Das

Maya, Mia Hansen-Løve

Monsters and Men, Reinaldo Marcus Green

Non-Fiction, Olivier Assayas

The Old Man & The Gun, David Lowery

Papi Chulo, John Butler

Roma, Alfonso Cuarón

Shoplifters (Closing Film), Hirokazu Kore-eda

The Sisters Brothers, Jacques Audiard

Sunset, László Nemes

Through Black Spruce, Don McKellar

The Wedding Guest, Michael Winterbottom

The Weekend, Stella Meghie

For more information on the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, click here