You're a TIFF regular and damn proud of it! Show the celeb-ogling plebes how a pro does it with some extreme film-buffery.
Lining up for a Midnight Madness film about a shy Japanese music geek who finds himself fronting a death metal band? Give your back a break on Ikea's folding Nisse chair ($16.99, 15 Provost, 416-222-4532, and others, ikea.ca). Hatch a convincing "Do you know how long I've been coming to TIFF?" rant to convince the newbie Ryerson Theatre door volunteer that you've always been allowed to bring portable furniture with you to your seat.
Those other hardcore TIFF types stand no chance of matching your level of cinephilia when the concession guy grabs for a popcorn bag and you respond, "No, thanks, I brought my own tub" ($1, Dollarama, 1337 Queen West, 416-531-4809, and others).
Look at all those moochy media types running off to post-premiere parties while you soldier on to the next screening. You know how to have fun, too, though. Pack a giant flask ($35, Bergo, 55 Mill, building #47A, 416-861-1821, bergo.ca) full of champagne and turn the alley next to the Cumberland into your own private VIP room.
Brush up on your film knowledge (even though you already know everything!) with the Obsessed With Hollywood Book ($27.95, Rolo, 24 Bellair, 416-920-0100, rolostore.com). A built-in scorekeeping computer helps you prove just how badly you beat your line-mate.
A piece of velvet plush rope still strikes fear into the heart of the most seasoned door crasher. You're already toting a chair, so why not also pack a length ($20/week, Chair-Man Mills, 184 Railside, 416-391-0400, chairmanmills.com) just in case you need to mark your territory.