All about Toronto’s Film Festival

For the newbies to the Toronto Film Festival, here is what it is all about and what to expect this year. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest publicly attended film festivals in the world, attracting close to 500,000 people since it first started in 1976. It is now a permanent destination for film culture operating out of the Tiff Bell lightbox located in downtown Toronto, on Thursday, September 7-17.

Tickets to the Film Festival this year start at $120 if you become a member. Curated ticket packages are available to Tiff members from June 14th to Visa cardholders from June 21st until the 28th. This year’s event will support the Viola Desmond Cinema campaign, which was launched through the Every Story fund last year. In commemoration of the groundbreaking human rights and social justice Legacy made by Viola and her sister Wanda, Tiff has named their largest cinema the Viola Desmond Cinema. It emphasizes that communion in a movie theater should be something everybody can experience. 

The 2023 TIFF Tribute Awards gala fundraiser will occur on Sunday, September 10th, at the historic Fairmont Royal York. 

The festival’s first wave of selection includes 60 films representing 70 countries around the world. But many people are concerned about the lineup as the Hollywood strikes have affected the number of writers and actors who may attend, under contract with the striking unions.  

The lineup will also include many films that have premiered at other festivals, such as Sundance hits “Flora and Son” and “Fair Play.” 

Tickets are now available so if you’re a movie buff, now’s the time to buy one before prices continue an upward trend, while availability trends inversely.  


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