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27 August 2015

Five Victorian feature films have been selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world's most prestigious film events and the launching pad for the best of international cinema.

The Dressmaker will have its world premiere at the festival. Produced by Victorian Sue Maslin and written and directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, the film stars Academy Award winner Kate Winslet alongside local talent Liam Hemsworth, Judy Davis and Hugo Weaving. The film is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by Melbourne author Rosalie Ham.

Looking for Grace has been selected for the inaugural 'TIFF Platform' program, a special program for artistically ambitious international films with strong directorial vision. This selection is another significant milestone for writer and director Sue Brooks and producers Lizzette Atkins, Sue Taylor and Alison Tilson, following the announcement that the film will have its world premiere at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

The debut feature by director Grant Scicluna and producer Jannine Barnes, Downriver has been selected for the 'TIFF Discovery' program – a program of films by first time and early career feature directors. Downriver was developed through Film Victoria's New Feature Writer's Lab.

These three films received support through Film Victoria's feature film development and production investment programs.

They will screen alongside Spear, produced by Victorian Indigenous producer John Harvey and Robert Connolly, and A Month of Sundays, written and directed by Matthew Saville, who also produced alongside Nick Batzias of Madman Production Company, which will have its world premiere.

This year marks the 40th Toronto Film Festival. The event runs from 10-20 September.