The Weinstein Company has always been a big presence at TIFF . Last year they had many films there including World Premieres of August: Osage County and Mandela that the company later publicly had second thoughts about rushing.
It might have hurt both ultimately in their Oscar quest. It appears this year Weinstein is taking it a lot slower with only their November 21 release, The Imitation Game, which TWC picked up based on 20 minutes at Berlin and hoped for the best. By all accounts they got it and I predict this one will be their major player all through awards season – and they seem to know it from what I’ve heard from insiders at TWC. It could put stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in the acting races too. Though, as noted, it has been announced as the opener for BFI London in October, its Toronto launch should give it a significant boost just as TIFF did for Silver Linings Playbook two years ago.