TIFF 2019 Movie GuideThe Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is back for its 44th year, featuring 18 Gala Presentations and 38 Special Presentations with 50% of Gala films directed or co-directed by women. If you’re looking for this year’s best bets, look no further-here are our top pics out of each genre :
If You’re in the Mood For: Oscar Buzz
If You’re in the Mood For: Canadian Content
If You’re in the Mood For: Female Filmmaker Flicks
If You’re in the Mood For: Drama
Buying TIFF TicketsWith 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 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.
Buying Individual TIFF TicketsMost appropriate for: 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 simpler and cheaper than buying a package, plus you get to choose exactly which movies you want to see and how many. Wise advice: 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 to make sure you get a spot. Individual tickets go on sale to the public on September 2 at 10 a.m., with sales reopening on September 3. Prices range from $19 to $26 for weekday daytime screenings to $29 to $36 for regular evening and weekend screenings to $53 to $60 for premium tickets. Remember to buy early so you can get the most savings! Tip: 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 to make sure you get a spot. Individual tickets go on sale to the public on September 3 at 10 a.m., with sales reopening on September 4. Prices range from $10 and $25 for weekday daytime screenings to $28 and $35 for regular evening and weekend screenings to $52 and $59 for premium tickets. Remember to buy early so you can get the most savings!
Buying a Flex PackMost appropriate for: Seasoned TIFF veterans who want to see a large number of specific films. This year, the festival offers five ticket package options:
- Regular Flex: Buy in increments of 10 starting at $250.
- Premium Flex: Get six of the hottest tickets first, with the choice of any premium screenings, for $435.
- Flex 6-Pack: A starter pack of six films for $155.
- Weekday Daytime: Get 10 tickets for weekday screenings starting at 5 p.m. or earlier, for $175.
- Back Half: Get six tickets for films screening from September 11 to 15, for $110.
Buying a Curated ExperienceMost appropriate for: Film lovers who want to leave the work to TIFF programmers. This year’s festival offers two special curated experiences:
- Buzz List: The ultimate A-list TIFF experience, the $1,560 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.
- Opening Night Film: See the Festival’s Opening Night Film at Princess of Wales on September 5 for $120.
- Closing Night Film: See the Festival’s Closing Night Film at Roy Thomson Hall on September 14 for $100.
For More InformationVisit TIFF Tickets for more information about packages and pricing.
Red Carpet ExperienceEver wonder 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 2019.
Unleash Your Inner ChildWaiting 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 its Tom Hanks or Meryl Streep 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 StarsTIFF 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: Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Meryl Steep, Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Lizzo, Sarah Paulson, Allison Janney, Susan Sarandon, Emma Thompson, Bruce Springsteen, Kate Winslet, Alfre Woodard, Mia Wasikowska, Liam Neeson, Scarlett Johansson, Joaquin Phoenix, Gary Oldman, Tilda Swinton, Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Eddie Murphy, Anthony Hopkins, Cynthia Erivo, Annette Bening, Bill Nighy, Renée Zellweger, Jamie Foxx, Chris Evans, Russell Crowe, Matthew Rhys, Eddie Izzard, Ray Romano, Julia Stiles, Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, Sebastian Stan, Jamie Dornan, Rebel Wilson, Isabelle Huppert, Marisa Tomei, Brendan Gleeson, Jérémie Renier, Greg Kinnear, David Thewlis, Adam Sandler, Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, David Mitchell, Laysla De Oliveira, Shia LaBeouf, Beanie Feldstein, Chris O’Dowd, Paddy Considine, Constance Wu, Sam Rockwell, Lili Reinhart, Keke Palmer, Thomasin McKenzie, Roman Griffin Davis, Michael B. Jordan, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Michael Shannnon, LaKeith Stanfield, Adam Driver, Edward Norton, Lesley Manville, Antonio Banderas, Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Luke Wilson, Jeffery Wright, Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Jonathan Pryce, Nicholas Hoult and more!
There will be plenty of homegrown talent too, with the likes of Christopher Plummer, Robbie Robertson and more.
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 snap as the limos roll in.