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TIFF pulls pink carpet for Russian-backed movie delegations amid invasion of Ukraine

TIFF pulls pink carpet for Russian-backed movie delegations amid invasion of Ukraine

The Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant received’t be rolling out the pink carpet to organizations, official delegations and media retailers supported by the Russian state.

Pageant organizers say they intend to “droop participation” by government-backed teams and cultural ambassadors in response to Russia’s navy invasion of Ukraine.

On the identical time, TIFF voiced its solidarity with “the folks of Ukraine and people inside Russia who stand in opposition to these assaults,” noting movies from unbiased Russian filmmakers are nonetheless welcome.

The competition joins a number of cultural teams talking out in opposition to the warfare and introducing associated measures, together with the Cannes Movie Pageant, which has stated it would bar Russian delegations to its version in Could.

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In the meantime, main movie studios Warner Bros., Paramount, Disney and Sony have cancelled their big-screen releases in Russia because the nation’s foreign money plummets in worth.

The Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant runs Sept. 8 to 18.

An announcement offered by a TIFF spokeswoman stated the competition “will search to amplify the voices of Ukrainian and unbiased Russian filmmakers who proceed to light up our understanding of battle within the area.”

“Alongside our worldwide colleagues within the movie world, our ideas are with the folks of Ukraine and the various Ukrainian artists and movie professionals who’ve travelled to TIFF through the years,” the group stated Thursday.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

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