The Toronto International Film Festival is definitely an event that is worthy of altering the dates of your Toronto visit, so below are some of the top events and attractions of the festival that will help you plan your trip accordingly!
It nurtures the budding careers of film students across the country with its Student Film Showcase. This category, in addition to fiction, includes the sometimes-overlooked genres of documentary, animation, and experimental filmmaking.
TIFF also hosts “In Conversation” events with authors, critics, actors, and filmmakers from many sides of the industry spectrum. If you get a kick out of hearing deep analyses of trends, themes, and upcoming projects, this may be the place for you.
There are exhibitions throughout the year. Currently, “Otherworldly: The Art of Canadian Costume” is showing in the Canadian Film Gallery (and will continue through March 2012). It sheds light on Canada’s contribution to sci-fi and fantasy garb (notably in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus and in creepy David Cronenberg flicks, many of which used costumes designed by his sister).
There is plenty of winter programming as well so, if this is when you’re planning your trip, you won’t be left out of the loop. An exciting suggestion for film gurus and novices alike is the Reel Talk Sneak Preview program, which shows ‘secret’ films on Sundays – i.e., without telling anyone what they are or where they’ve come from. If you’re lucky, it’ll be something that hasn’t even been released yet! Showing up for a one-off movie is $26, but there is also a yearly subscription available if you live close enough to go regularly.
If you’re itching for the main event, the 2012 Toronto International Film Fest will take place from September 6th-16th. Do your research on which films will be played (you have hundreds to consider – and you don’t want to miss out on the gems!), buy your tickets early (much earlier than you might think necessary), and get pumped. Don’t forget your camera…you never know who you might see.