The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2018 “In Conversation With…” series will feature onstage and in-depth discussions with some of the top names in the film industry today – Mahershala Ali, Hilary Swank and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Hilary Swank with Blythe Danner

Each year, the program provides an engaging experience for TIFF audiences with award-winning artists.  Moderated by a journalist or industry expert, each discussion features a career highlight reel of each actor’s work, followed by an audience Q&A.


“In Conversation With…” events will be held at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (250 Front St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3G5):

Mahershala Ali – Monday, September 10, 8 PM

Hilary Swank –  Tuesday, September 11, 8 PM

Maggie Gyllenhaal – Wednesday, September 12, 8 PM

Maggie Gyllenhaal

“Every year TIFF is honored to connect our audiences to true cinematic geniuses who embody a diverse  range of experiences, interests, and skill sets that allow them to thrive in both the artistic and business sides  of the movies,” said Theresa Scandiffio, In Conversation With… Programmer and Senior Director, TIFF  Learning. “This year’s lineup is a dynamic roster of empowering and thoughtful leaders in their respective  crafts. We are beyond thrilled to bring these award – winning artists and decision-makers to our stage for what  we know will be a series of engaging sessions filled with illuminating lessons and inspiring stories for all film  lovers alike.”

Mahershala Ali

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. Festival tickets go on sale September 3 at 10 AM (TIFF Member pre-sale September 1 from 10am to 4pm). Buy  tickets online at, by phone at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or in person at a box office. See box office locations and hours at