Taylor Swift will take off to the Great White North this month, and she’s bringing her short film All Too Well with her. She’ll also chat with Toronto International Film Festival CEO Cameron Bailey for an “In Conversation With …” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Friday September 9 at 7 p.m. The Lightbox is a terrific facility, but it is not the largest venue at the annual Ontario extravaganza, so these are likely to be the toughest tickets in town.
Previous “In Conversation With …” events have celebrated the work of Saoirse Ronan, Kristen Stewart, Natalie Portman, Mahershala Ali, and Benedict Cumberbatch.
In June, Swift made a similar appearance at the Tribeca Festival in New York, at the much larger Beacon Theatre, where she schmoozed with director Mike Mills about her filmmaking journey with stars Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien at her side. She then took out her guitar for a 10-minute version of “All Too Well.”
It’s unclear if Swift will sing for her poutine at this year’s TIFF, but the engagement will mark the first projection of Swift’s work in 35mm. The short, just shy of 15 minutes, opens with a quote from Pablo Neruda and shows the dissolution of a relationship over time, set to the “Taylor’s Version” of the song “All Too Well.” It had a brief theatrical run in some cities late last year.
Last month The Hollywood Reporter wrote that All Too Well was very much eligible for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short, despite its theatrical release being 2021. (Rules are different for shorts and also possibly for Taylor Swift.) The trade outlet also reported the singer was working with “a top consulting firm to guide its awards campaign.” A highly visible appearance at TIFF, a key part of the Awards Season firing gun, is just about as perfect a way to do it as any.
With Swift already boasting an Emmy on her shelf after her 2015 win for AMEX Unstaged: Taylor Swift Experience (the category was Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media—Original Interactive Program), plus 11 Grammys, the Oscar would make her one shy of the EGOT. How soon until Red: Broadway’s Version?
All Too Well: The Short Film currently boasts close to 75 million views on YouTube.