With Toronto’s downtown core already in a buzz with the Toronto International Film Festival, world renowned designer, Giorgio Armani, brought his own brand of excitement to the CN Tower as his niece, Roberta Armani, and Academy Award-winning producer and director, Edward Zwick, hosted Films of City Frames – a celebration recognizing upcoming filmmakers from six prestigious film schools from around the world.

The night’s festivities began with many Hollywood actors and actresses walking the black carpet, such as Captain American star, Anthony Mackie, and Happy Endings star Elisha Cuthbert. A-list celebrities made their way up the famous Toronto structure to not only overlook the city skyline, but to be surrounded by their fellow film colleagues and celebrate new talent. Surrounding them were clips from the six-featured films playing on screens displayed throughout the circular room during much of the evening.

Each individual project of the Films of City Frames was created around the object of the Giorgio Armani eye wear collection, Frames of Life. The retro spectacles were used as the main prop in each film the six directors captured scenic images of his or her hometown metropolis. From New York to Hong Kong, each short film had its own creative spin on what city life is like through the perspective of Frames of Life.

“TIFF and Toronto are both world class. Bringing young formative cinema talent to Toronto is in perfect focus for me.” – Giorgio Armani

“It is exciting to place this aspiring filmmakers’ project alongside the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, which has long been a launching pad for so many important global films,” says Giorgio Armani on the Frames of Life website. “TIFF and Toronto are both world class. Bringing young formative cinema talent to Toronto is in perfect focus for me.”

Words By. Aliecia Brissett + Photos By. Fitzroy Facey