10 British Facts about TIFF

Canada's largest city is in the spotlight as the biggest names in film arrive for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival.

1. A runaway success! 

Chariots of Fire made its North American premiere at TIFF in 1981 and won the coveted People's Choice Award. The film (and its awesome soundtrack) would go on to win 4 Oscars.

2. you love us! 

11 other UK films have also won the People's Choice Award at TIFF. Including these cinematic stand outs:

3. Roll out the red carpet! 5 UK films will receive Gala Presentations during TIFF this year, including Helen Mirren's latest Eye in The Sky.

Photo: Raindog Films

4. BUT wait... we have more Mirren! She also stars in Trumbo which also premieres at TIFF.

Photo by Hilary Bronwyn Gayle

5. The Imitation Game wasn't fiction.

In fact, Canada played a key role in that effort and earlier this year the UK awarded three Bletchley Park medals to Canadians who helped break German and Japanese ciphers.

6. London's film scene is...

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... vibrant! 

8 bold films from England's capital will be screened this year as part of TIFF's City to City Programme.

7. Speaking of London. TIFF's Artistic Director Cameron Bailey was born there.

Phtoto: TIFF

8. For your eyes only: a James Bond film has never been shown during TIFF...

... BUT Bond did get some love from TIFF in 2013. That year TIFF hosted Designing 007: 50 Years of Bond Style.

Photo: Dutch National Archives / Mieremet, Rob / Anefo

9. Movies and money: for the past decade the UK & Ontario have organized IFF at TIFF. It brings film producers and directors together to talk $$$. Over 60 projects have been funded as a direct result.

Photo: Ontario Media Development Corporation

10. 41 films from the UK will screen at TIFF this year. That's one more than 40, which is how many years TIFF is celebrating in 2015. Happy anniversary!