Toronto Film Festival 2014

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) began on Thursday with Robert Downey Jr drama The Judge kicking off the proceedings.

The festival is widely considered to be start of the annual film awards season, serving as a high profile launch pad for movies that have gone on to Oscar glory.

With films such as Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech and 12 Years a Slave picking up the festival’s top award in recent years, the Toronto Film Festival is now one of the most important events in the industry calendar.

The BBC’s Genevieve Hassan is at the festival to report on the movies, stars and industry heavyweights making waves on the shores of Lake Ontario.