Swifties heading to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival are in for a very special experience. Announced Friday (Sept. 2), Taylor Swift is scheduled to appear as a guest speaker at the second day of TIFF’s 2022 celebration, where she will talk about her longest directorial project to date – “All Too Well: The Short Film” – and present the video in its original 35mm form for the first time ever.
The event, titled “In Conversation With…Taylor Swift,” will take place in September. 9 at 7 p.m., and is expected to last an hour and 15 minutes, according to TIFF’s website. “In addition to music, Swift has long been a visual storyteller,” reads a description on the page. “From influencing the edits of her music videos, to writing the treatments herself and then making the leap to directing, she has defined a distinct style that extends beyond her songwriting.”
Festival executive director Cameron Bailey will moderate the talk, where he will discuss filmmaking and the visual aspects of Swift’s music with the 32-year-old pop old “We’re excited to hear Taylor’s version of how the absorbing influences of cinema led her to create Too good: The short film” he said in one statement shared with The Hollywood Reporter.
The 14-minute project, starring Sadie Sink and Dylan O’Brien, is a cross between music video and short film, set to the 10-minute version of Swift’s track “All Too Well,” originally written around 2012 but released for the first time on Red (Taylor’s Version) in 2021. It was shot by cinematographer Rina Yang on 35mm film, and a screening of the film in this original format will premiere at TIFF.
Swift, who also talked about the project at Tribeca Film Festival in June, just won Best Long Form Video and Best Instruction for Too good: The short film on this year’s VMAs, where she also took home the prize for the coveted video of the year. Both Yang and O’Brien were by her side that night during which she announced that her 10th studio album, Midnights, would arrive Oct 21.