Held annually in September, the Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest cultural events in the Greater Toronto Area. This 11-day festival attracts nearly half a million visitors from all over the world. From Hollywood celebrities to independent filmmakers, the TIFF draws a diverse global crowd each year.
Background and History
Some of Canada’s most prominent film producers launched the Toronto Festival of Festivals in the middle of the 1970’s. In its first year, this event attracted approximately 35,000 visitors at the historic Windsor Arms Hotel. After 18 years of widespread growth, the event was officially renamed the Toronto International Film Festival.
Throughout the decades, this festival has screened thousands of productions from dozens of countries. Some of the movies that premiered at the TIFF were nominated for or claimed the Academy Awards, the most prestigious honors in the North American film industry.
Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the organizers of the event established the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Situated in the heart of Toronto, this state-of-the-art facility provides year-round opportunities for producers, actors and other professionals in the film industries worldwide. The TIFF Bell Lightbox is also the official headquarters of the TIFF.
The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to start on September 5th, and the closing night will be on September 15th. The Regular Flex package can be purchased in increments of 10 tickets. If you buy the Premium Flex, you can view six red-carpet screenings.
Some of the most affordable ticket options are the Weekday Daytime and Back Half. The Curated Experiences include the Opening Night Film, Buzz List and Cloning Night Film plans. Individual tickets are also available depending on the screening venue in downtown Toronto. The Festival Programme Book is another popular item that’s available for sale during the 2019 TIFF.
Tickets for members begin in August while individual tickets go on sale to the public on Sept 2, 2019 at 10am.
Location and Getting Around
The festival is centered in the heart of the Entertainment District. Some of the city’s top performing arts venues host the film screenings for this popular event. For example, assigned seating is available for the Roy Thomson Hall and Princess of Wales Theatre. Unassigned seats are available for the Ryerson Theatre and Jackman Hall (AGO). TTC subway trains and streetcars stop within walking distance of nearly all screening venues in downtown Toronto.
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