We've got less than a month left until the Toronto International Film Festival once again makes the T-Dot a walking who's who of big names and celebrities. But one of the nice things about TIFF is that it isn't just a showcase for international talent. You'll also see a lot of Canadian fare -- both good, like David Cronenberg and Sarah Polley, and less-good, like the teen flick These Girls. (Yes, I've mentioned it before, but really, it just isn't a festival flick.) Still, it's one of the only places that Canadian filmmaking can shine, and Canadian film critic and Director of the Toronto Film School, John Foote, touches on that in his new TIFF-sponsored blog.

While I won't go so far as to agree with him that "the greatest films in the world come from the United States," because that automatically makes everything else inferior ("some of the greatest" would work), he brings up some good points. One of the biggest challenges in Canadian cinema is getting the film seen. Heck, I have a friend who is a film studies grad, has lived in Canada her whole life, and has no idea about the industry. If those specializing in the areas don't know, how can we think anyone else will? But really, the country is completely dwarfed when it comes to media. As Foote points out, there are no big studios here to get funding, so filmmakers usually have to get it from the government or go stateside.

Although some breakthroughs have happened over the years, such as Atlantic City, a co-production with France that grabbed rave reviews, awards and Oscar nominations, things still truck along. Maybe a permanent breakthrough will come at some point, but for now, TIFF has got an incredibly solid showing for Canadian film. This year, the festival boasts Denys Arcand's Days of Darkness, David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises, Guy Maddin'sMy Winnpeg (which he'll provide live narration for at the screening!), Roger Spottiswoode's Shake Hands with the Devil, Francois Gerard's Silk and also an adaptation of the Canadian novel The Stone Angel-- directed by Kari Skogland and starring Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page.