TIFF kicks off in Toronto this week

September 9th, 2011 by Comment button No Comments »

The 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is ready to infuse Toronto with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. The festival will take place from September 8th to 18th in venues across downtown Toronto. Here’s a basic survival guide to navigating the Festival.

There are still single tickets available for screenings. According to TIFF, only 30% of their screenings will completely sell out in advance, so there’s still a good chance to find tickets for the movies of your choice.

Click here for the full TIFF screening schedule.

There are three ways to get single tickets:

  1. Online at tiff.net/thefestival
  2. By phone at 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433
  3. In person at the TIFF Lightbox box office (350 King Street West) or the Metro Centre (225 King Street West
Concourse level – Duncan street entrance)


If a screening is listed as sold out or off sale in the days before the screening, make sure to check back after 7 am on the day of the screening, as tickets may be released for sale. Same day tickets are available at the venue box office.

Rush tickets are also available for screenings. To rush a screening, line up in the designated line outside the venue box office. The tickets will be released 10 minutes before the screening is slated to begin. These tickets can be limited so get there early.

If celebrity watching is your cup of tea, there will be hundreds of actors and film makers in the city during TIFF. The list of confirmed guests includes: George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Rachel Weisz, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Salma Hayet, Viggo Mortensen, Woody Harrelson, Francis Ford Coppola, Sarah Polley, U2, Pearl Jam and many, many more.

Other than at screenings, one of the best places to catch a glimpse of a celebrity will be at the TIFF Lightbox located in Reitman Square at 350 King street West. Stop in for lunch or dinner at Oliver & Bonancini’s Luma and Canteen restaurants. Then check out the Fellini: Spectacular Obsessions exhibit now showing on the main floor. While at the Lightbox, check the screening schedule to see what movies are screening during the festival.

Here are some quick facts about this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Over 28,526 minutes of film will be screened at the festival on 33 screens. This includes 268 feature films and 68 short films. 90% of the feature films screened at TIFF will be making their world, international or North American premieres. 65 countries will be represented at this year’s festival. 21 of 34 Canadian feature films screened at the festival will be making their world premiere. 49 Canadian shorts will be screened at TIFF.

If you’re a BlackBerry user, the Toronto Film Festival has created an app that will keep users up to date about the Festival, including show times, tickets, venue maps. This app can be downloaded at: Blackberry App World.

The Toronto Film Festival runs from September 8th to 18th, 2011. For information about the festival, check out www.tiff.net.

About the author: Michelle Gatien

Michelle reports on the news and events happening in and around Burlington. Michelle is a long time resident of Aldershot.

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