As one of the biggest publicly attended film festivals in the world, Toronto International Film Festival never fails to attract over 400,000 people. The festival, with its prestige, is second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pictures, market activity, and stars.
Here are some things you might want to know before attending Toronto’s International Film Festival (TIFF).
About the Toronto International Film Festival
- The Toronto International Film Festival was founded in 1967 and has grown to become a permanent destination for film culture. The Festival was founded by Bill Marshall by the Windsor Arms Hotel.
- The Toronto International Film Festival was renamed from “Festivals of Festivals” to the now “Toronto International Film Festival” in 1968. Wayne Clark replaced Bill Marshall as the new director.
- Many Hollywood studios Choose TIFF to premier their films due to its non-competitive nature, and inexpensive cost. Many aspiring actors will be jealous knowing that many famous films premiered here.
- In 2007 the TIFF Bell Lightbox began its construction in downtown Toronto. It was named after the founding sponsor, Bell Canada.
- The first film to be screened was Bruce McDonald’s Trigger in 2010. Meanwhile, the first exhibition done in the TIFF Bell Lightbox was a retrospective on Tim Burton.
- The Bell Lightbox is a five-story building housing five cinemas, two gallery spaces, film archives and an extensive reference library, study spaces, a film lab facility, and a research center.
- Every year, TIFF releases Canada’s Top Ten List of Canadian features and short films regardless of whether they were screened in TIFF or not. The winners are announced in December every year.
Now, let’s take a look at the schedule for the next wave of Toronto’s International Film Festival.
Time and Location for TIFF
- The previous Toronto International Film Festival was held from January 12 to January 23, 2022, while last year’s TIFF was held from September 9 to 18, 2021. TIFF is often celebrated for 11 days for every wave.
- The 2022 Toronto International Film Festival was held from April 22 to 24. For moviegoers, the experience was just as satisfying as pampering yourself at a day spa but with beautiful movies instead.
- The Next Toronto’s International Film Festival features the next generation of movie watchers and is curated by the youth-driven TIFF next committee. It caters mainly to students or people under 25 as well as offers free admission to the selection of films.
- Their movie marathon is expected to make you feel nostalgic with the theme “Nostalgia Ultra”. In addition, they advertise co-lab between young creators, allowing brainstorming and for the youth to gain inspiration.
- Digital Screening is available for anyone who can’t drive to the venue. This maximizes the number of people who can take part in TIFF.
- TIFF Bell Lightbox also introduces dining for people to be able to enjoy watching the movies even while eating. They give discounts to TIFF members who chose to eat and stay in the hotels affiliated with TIFF.
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