The Toronto International Film Festival is now 28 years old, a full adult but still growing. For all you rabid fans, here are a few tips.
In the festival program book, check the section in the film's credits called Print Source. This tells you whether it has a Canadian distributor, which usually means it will get a commercial release down the road. You're wasting your festival time on those. Note, though, that if the distributor isn't one of the recognizable majors like Warner Brothers or Alliance Atlantis, there's no real guarantee that the film will open soon. Some from last year's festival are still awaiting release.
It's impossible to see everything. There are more than 250 feature films, so figure out a schedule that allows for travel, breaks and meal times. And check running times.
Stargazers, take note: the best place to catch celebrities is at screenings of their films. Hotel security's tighter than ever, and spying stars at parties ain't what it used to be.
Remember, seeing more than three movies a day is unfair to the movies.
Joumane Chahine, a Montreal-based freelance writer, regularly covers the Cannes Festival for An-Nahar in Beirut. Paul Ennis is the editor of Festival magazine.
Ticket and venue info
September 4-13 416-968-3456
www.bell.ca/filmfest Festival Theatres Cumberland (159 Cumberland)
Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge)
Isabel Bader (93 Charles West)
Jackman Hall (317 Dundas West)
John Spotton (150 John)
ROM (100 Queen's Park)
Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe)
Uptown (764 Yonge)
Varsity (Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor West)
How to buy tickets Passbooks sold out early this year, but single tickets are on sale starting September 3.
ADVANCE TICKETS Available at least one day in advance of the screening at the festival box office, College Park (444 Yonge), market level. $14.50, gala $26.
SAME-DAY TICKETS Can be purchased at the theatre box office on the day of the screening, subject to availability. Theatre box offices open one hour before the first screening of the day. For last-minute availability, consult the Best Bets in the film festival's print daily, available at festival venues. $15.50, gala $26.50.
RUSH TICKETS If there are any left, these tickets go on sale five minutes before the screening starts.