Michael Fassbender and Sean Penn to accept honours during TIFF 2016

The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is fast approaching and plans are in full swing for another successful year of film and festivities. Organizers have announced that Michael Fassbender will be this year's guest of honour at the annual TIFF Soirée while Artists for Peace and Justice will celebrate the humanitarian work of Sean Penn.


Michael and Sean will be guests of honour at different TIFF events.

Prior to the festival's opening night on Sept. 8, the two-time Oscar nominee will help TIFF kick off its 41st edition on Sept. 7 during its annual fundraiser held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. According to TIFF's VP of Advancement Maxine Bailey, the Irish actor is the perfect person to get the party started. “A truly remarkable, chameleonic actor, Michael Fassbender brings depth, brilliance, and candor to each and every role he plays and we are privileged to have him join us at Soirée this year,” she said in a statement.

The Irish actor joined Lupita Nyong'o at the premiere of 12 Years a Slave in 2013.

The Steve Jobs star is no stranger to the festival, having premiered three films in Toronto in the past. In 2008 he made his TIFF debut in support of the movie Hunger, followed by an appearance in 2011 for Shame and again in 2013 for the Oscar-winning picture 12 Years a Slave.

This year's festival will also feature honours for Sean Penn. Following the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in 2010, the actor has dedicated much of his time and resources to helping the nation rebuild. His work in the country, primarily through his J/P Haitian Relief Organization, will be celebrated during the festival's annual Artists for Peace and Justice gala on Sept. 11.

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