Toronto International Film Festival
September 8 to 18, 2016. Visit the official website: TIFF.net. ShareThis
The World’s Leading Public Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival is the biggest and brightest public film festival on the planet. World premieres, galas, shmoozes and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry honchos make the rounds. Whether you’re a cinephile or just love to see the celebs, TIFF is the place to be.
Buying TIFF Tickets
With several different options available, buying tickets for TIFF can be overwhelming – especially if you’ve never done it before. Not sure which option is best for you? Read on for more information about purchasing tickets and packages to the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.
Buying TIFF Tickets
Buying Individual TIFF Tickets
Most appropriate for: First-time festival goers who want control over which movies they see.
Buying individual tickets is typically the best option if you’ve never been to the festival before. It’s a lot simpler than buying a package and figuring out how the advance ticketing system works. Plus you get to choose exactly which movies you want to see, and how many.
Some words of warning: Tickets for high-profile films and Premium Screenings tend to get scooped up early by people who buy packages in advance. If you plan on buying an individual ticket to one of the high-profile films, be prepared to place your order as soon as these tickets go on sale September 4th to make sure you get a spot.
Buying a My Choice Package
Most appropriate for: Seasoned TIFF veterans who want to see a large number of specific films.
The My Choice package is ideal if you want to see a large number of films and have control over which films you see. With a My Choice package, you can select which films you want to see in advance of when tickets go on sale for the general public. This means you have a better chance of getting tickets to the movies you want to see.
You can choose up to 100 tickets in increments of 10 with the Regular Flex Pack. Opt for the Premium Ticket Flex Pack instead (available in 6-ticket packs) if you want to see bigger red carpet galas with bigger stars.
Buying a TIFF Choice Package
Most appropriate for: Film lovers who aren’t particularly concerned about which screenings they attend.
The TIFF Choice packages are similar to the My Choice packages, except that TIFF’s Festival programmers select the movies for you. You can choose to focus your ticket package on a particular theme (e.g. Midnight Madness) or select a package that includes a variety of films (e.g. Evening & Weekend Sampler package). Once you buy your package, simply sit back and wait for TIFF to tell you which films you got.
For the ultimate A-list TIFF experience, the $1,500 Buzz List ticket bundle will get you into five premium screenings – those high-profile red carpet galas where all the stars come out. It’s a hefty price tag, but for the possibility of rubbing elbows with the best of the best, it’s worth it.
For More Information
Visit the TIFF Ticket Wizard for more information about TIFF tickets, packages and pricing.
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TIFF 2016 is coming to Toronto in September – and so are the Hollywood stars. Find out what your favourite TIFF celebrities love about Toronto. Video produced by Crucial Pictures in association with Rogers Radio.
TIFF 2015 Movie Guide (2016 info coming soon!)
With over 300 films ranging from star-studded Hollywood dramas to raw and unscripted documentaries, TIFF has something for every type of film buff. Here are our picks for the best bets in each genre.
TIFF Movie Guide
If you’re in the mood for: Thriller
Remember (Atom Egoyan): Starring Christopher Plummer, this dramatic thriller tells the story of an elderly Holocaust survivor looking to hunt down and exact revenge on the guard who killed his family during the war.
Disierto (Jonás Cuarón): This psychological thriller follows a group of immigrants stalked by a vigilante as they attempt to sneak into the United States via the Sonoran Desert. The film stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal.
Black Mass (Scott Cooper): Based on the book by the same name, Johnny Depp portrays the real-life Irish American gangster Whitey Bulger, a man who spent 30 years as an FBI informant embedded in the upper tiers of the Boston underworld.
If you’re in the mood for: Oscar Buzz
The Martian (Ridley Scott): In this sci-fi thriller, Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars. As he attempts survival amidst arid Martian surroundings, his ground crew on Earth plans an epic rescue mission.
Freeheld (Peter Sollett): The true story of terminally ill New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester and her 2005 quest to pass pension rights to her domestic partner. The case became a landmark for LGBT rights in America. The star-studded cast includes Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carrell and Michael Shannon.
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée): Following a family tragedy, a New York investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) embarks on a random trail of destruction.
If you’re in the mood for: Canadian Content
Beeba Boys (Deepa Mehta): The story of Sikh gangsters in Vancouver and their violent campaign to seize control of local drug and arms rackets.
Forsaken (Jon Cassar): A resentful gunfighter attempts to reconcile with his estranged father, while a group of land-grabbers causes chaos in their town. Shot in Alberta, this film stars father-son duo Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.
Hyena Road (Paul Gross): This war drama tells the story of a group of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan charged with fending off the Taliban to hold a crucial highway link.
If you’re in the mood for: Art-House Mastery
Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson): Kaufman’s first venture into stop-motion animation tells the story of a motivational speaker who attempts transcendence from his melancholic life.
Office (Johnnie To): A tale of corporate intrigue in Hong Kong told through movie musical format, starring Chow Yun-Fat and Sylvie Change. A must-see for fans of To’s films.
Parched (Leena Yadav): Set in rural India, this visual film depicts the lives of four women who rise up against the binding traditions of their communities.
If you’re in the mood for: Drama
Son of Saul (László Nemes): This winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival tells the tale of the great lengths undertaken by one Auschwitz prisoner to secure a Jewish burial for a small boy he is tasked with disposing of.
Dheepan (Jacques Audiard): Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this film describes the claustrophobic world of an ex-Sri Lankan soldier as he attempts to build a new life for himself in the suburbs of Paris.
The Club (Pablo Lorraín): Four priests, exiled at a seaside monastery for venial transgressions, are brought back to the world to answer for molestation charges in this black comedic drama.
Keep an eye on the TIFF website for more information about screening dates and ticket sales.
TIFF Bell Lightbox: Experience TIFF All Year
All year round, visit TIFF’s new home at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a stunning complex at the corner of King and John Streets. With 5 public cinemas, 2 galleries, a bistro, restaurant and lounge, it’s your ticket to the world of cinema in the heart of Toronto. See the film schedule & purchase tickets at TIFF.net.