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, cutting-edge film, galas and industry shmoozes all go in to making TIFF the illustrious event it is. 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.

TIFF 2016 Movie Guide

Featuring 49 Special Presentations, 19 Gala Presentations and 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: Oscar Buzz

The Magnificent Seven (Antoine Fuqua): This star-studded remake of the original 1960’s Western pits seven mercenaries – played by the likes of Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke – against a ruthless industrialist (Peter Sarsgaard) intent on destroying a small town in the Old West.

Loving (Jeff Nichols): Driven by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga’s sensitive, powerful performances, this true story of Richard and Mildred Loving follows the couples’ decade-long legal battle against the state of Virginia’s law prohibiting interracial marriage.

Lion (Garth Davis): Dev Patel stars in the moving, true story of Australian man Saroo Brierley, who, after being separated from his birth parents in India 25 years ago, uses Google Earth to search for them.

If you’re in the mood for: Thrillers

The Girl on the Train (Tate Taylor): This Gone Girl-esque thriller brings the wildly popular novel of the same name to the big screen, and stars Emily Blunt as Rachel Watson, a recent divorcée who becomes entangled in the mystery surrounding a couple whose house she passes by on her daily train ride.

Nocturnal Animals (Tom Ford): In acclaimed fashion designer Tom Ford’s sophomore film, a gallery owner (Amy Adams) receives a copy of her ex-husband’s violent novel and is forced to confront her own personal demons.

Arrival (Denis Villeneuve): Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker star in visionary Quebecois writer and director Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi thriller detailing the arrival of mysterious alien spaceships and the subsequent, worldwide frenzy that ensues.

If you’re in the mood for: Canadian Content

It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan): Multi-talented Quebecois director Xavier Dolan’s latest film chronicles the story of a terminally ill writer’s tension-filled return to his childhood home after a 12-year absence.

Two Lovers and a Bear (Kim Nguyen): This Canadian indie drama follows Lucy (Tatiana Maslany) and Roman (Dane DeHaan) in an unusual love story set in the North Pole.

Below Her Mouth (Elle Driver): An all-female cast drives Elle Driver’s bold telling of the passionate affair between two women, one that will ultimately change both of their lives forever.

If you’re in the mood for: Art-House Mastery

Orphan (Arnaud des Pallières): From the mind of French director Arnaud des Pallières comes the fractured cinematic portrait of a young woman, played by multiple actors throughout the course of the film.

Planetarium (Rebecca Zlotowski): Set in 1930’s France, this nuanced period piece follows the escapades of spiritualist sisters (Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp, daughter of Johnny Depp) as they cross paths with a mysterious, visionary producer.

La La Land (Damien Chazelle): This dazzling musical homage follows the burgeoning love between a jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) and an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in their pursuit of stardom in the City of Angels.

If you’re in the mood for: Drama

Denial (Mick Jackson): Rachel Weisz stars in the true story of acclaimed historian Deborah E. Lipstadt, as she battles for truth against renowned Holocaust Denier David Irving.

Queen of Katwe (Mira Nair): Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o stars as the mother of Ugandan chess prodigy Phiona Mutesi (played by newcomer Madina Nalwanga), whose passion for the game leads her on a journey to the World Chess Olympiads.

Unless (Alan Gilsenan): The final novel of great Canadian author Carol Shields is brought to life in director Alan Gilsenan’s Unless, the story of Reta (Catherine Keener) and the struggles she faces after finding her college drop-out daughter Norah (Hannah Gross, daughter of Paul Gross) living on the streets.

Keep an eye on the TIFF website for more information about screening dates and ticket sales.

Red Carpet Experience

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a movie star on the red carpet? At TIFF, you can get as close to that feeling as possible. From the flashing cameras to the screaming fans to the designer dresses, experience the complete red carpet spectacle at TIFF 2016.

Red Carpet Experience

Unleash Your Inner Child

Waiting by the red carpet for the stars to show up is kind of like being a kid at Christmas time. The feelings of excitement and anticipation are the same, except instead of Santa Claus it’s Mark Wahlberg or Natalie Portman you’re hoping to see.

Only a handful of films that screen at TIFF are given the full red carpet treatment. This year, TIFF has announced 18 of these special Gala Presentations.

Keep in mind that if you want to actually attend the gala screening, you likely won’t be able to hang around the red carpet long enough to see the stars arrive. Luckily, most TIFF films have multiple screenings throughout the festival so you can always attend a non-gala screening at a later date if you want to experience both the red carpet and the movie.

Reach for the Stars

TIFF always attracts an abundance of A-listers, and this year will be no exception. You can get some idea of which celebrities will be showing up to which galas based on who’s starring in them – although part of the excitement of attending TIFF galas is that you never know exactly who you will see until you get there!

Here is a by-no-means-complete list of celebrities appearing in this year’s films: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lupita Nyong’o, Nicole Kidman, James Franco, Dev Patel, Denzel Washington, Woody Harrelson, Ewan McGregor, Ryan Gosling, Dakota Fanning, Maria Bello, Hailee Steinfeld, Mark Wahlberg, Gerard Butler, Justin Timberlake, Chris Pratt, Jeremy Renner, Alison Brie, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, David Oyelowo, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto and Rosamund Pike.

Once you’ve decided which galas you want to lurk, show up early to get a good spot in front of the red carpet. Then get ready to gawk and gaze as the limos roll in.

Pro TIFF Tips

  • Arrive at least two or three hours before the movie’s start time. The major galas always attract large crowds of people hoping to get a picture or an autograph of the stars. If you want any hope of a clear view, you have to get there really early to stake out your spot.
  • Bring a camera. In today’s age of smartphones, you probably have one on you at all times. Just make sure it’s charged. You don’t want to miss the opportunity to snap a selfie in front of Hollywood royalty.
  • Wear something nice. There’s no dress code to gawk at celebrities, but keep in mind that there will be media there and you might end up on camera. Do you really want to be immortalized on film wearing an oversized T-shirt while standing behind Nicole Kidman? Besides, dressing up will make you feel more like a movie star yourself.
  • Hang around afterward. If you didn’t get a good view or autograph from your favourite celeb on the way in, you may be able to catch them on the way out. Otherwise, head to known King West celebrity hangouts like Soho House and to try and stalk (er, spot) them at the afterparty.
  • Featured video: A Home Away From Home: Celebrities at TIFF Talk Toronto

    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.

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    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.

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