TIFF 2018 Dispatch #8: Closing Night

As the festival finally draws to a close, TIFF begins handing out its festival prizes. There's no official competition like in Cannes or Venice; rather, since it's the people's festival, the people vote on all of the films playing. The People's Choice Award has recently been positioned as a kingmaker in the fall movie season, … Continue reading TIFF 2018 Dispatch #8: Closing Night

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TIFF 2018 Dispatch #7: Long Day’s Journey into Cinema

In my previous dispatch, I said the back half of the festival is often the best half. Perhaps that needs a little more elaboration. Yes, the excitement and hype is over, but for a local, the more relaxed atmosphere of the last few days has its appeal. Most of the guests are gone, press screenings … Continue reading TIFF 2018 Dispatch #7: Long Day’s Journey into Cinema

TIFF 2018 Dispatch #6: Special Presentations

The back half of the Toronto International Film Festival is often the best half. The excitement of opening weekend is ancient history, and the nightly Gala screenings are now playing Canadian or International premieres instead of world premieres. But there's always something interesting just around the corner, even a spattering of world premieres left to … Continue reading TIFF 2018 Dispatch #6: Special Presentations

TIFF 2018 Dispatch #4: We’ve Only Just Begun

By the middle of the festival, things can start to feel like they're winding down. Festival Street closes, many of the stars have come and gone, and a lot of big world premieres are behind us. Second and third screenings of films are underway, and the press are already getting ready to pack their bags. … Continue reading TIFF 2018 Dispatch #4: We’ve Only Just Begun

TIFF 2018 Dispatch #3: Share Her Journey

During the festival's opening weekend, TIFF throws a block party on King Street, outside its headquarters at the Lightbox Theatre. Festival Street, as it's dubbed, is a four day celebration of film, closing part of King Street to vehicle access and opening the space up for foot traffic and easy access to the biggest venues. … Continue reading TIFF 2018 Dispatch #3: Share Her Journey

TIFF 2018 Dispatch #2: Earth, Wind & Fire

Curated by Andréa Picard, the Wavelengths program at TIFF is an annual survey of the avant-garde, the latest from the world of experimental, underground and DIY filmmaking. Picard selects the films and organizes them into groups, typically programming a handful of screenings comprised of half a dozen or so films each. The program has expanded … Continue reading TIFF 2018 Dispatch #2: Earth, Wind & Fire