There’s just one word to describe TIFF this year: wowzas. Not a word, I know. TIFF is really pulling out the big guns for their 35th anniversary, and now they’ve announced a Free Public Screening Series! Yeah. Free.

Starting with a public block party on September 12 to celebrate the opening of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, free screenings will take place all week in the Lightbox. It’s a good way to check out the new space, and say thank you for all the public support over the years. It’s also a very good way to remember past Festival favourites and Hollywood blockbusters both recent and dated. Sort of a flashback/tribute/celebration all in one. Modern classics like American Beauty and Crash take the screen with favourite Canadian-made films such as Sarah Polley’s Away From Her and TUFF judge Deepa Mehta’s Water .

TIFF for Free opens Tuesday September 14 with Richard Benner’s Outrageous! at 7pm. After its Festival debut in 1977, Outrageous! became one of Canada’s most successful films. The week continues strong and ends even stronger with one of my absolute favourite movies of all time, The Princess Bride . One of the best childhood revisits you will ever revisit. I have listed the screenings below for your perusal. Remember, space is limited and tickets to films will be awarded on a first come, first served basis on the day of the show. So figure out which you want to watch and get there early! For more TIFF information visit their website.

Tuesday, September 14 at 7 pm – Outrageous!, Richard Benner

Wednesday, September 15 at 5:30 pm – American Beauty , Sam Mendes

Thursday, September 16 at 10 pm – Roadkill , Bruce McDonald

Friday, September 17 at 10 pm – Water , Deepa Mehta

Saturday, September 18 at 7 pm – Away From Her , Sarah Polley

Saturday, September 18 at 9 pm – Crash , Paul Haggis

Sunday, September 19 at 7 pm – The Big Chill , Lawrence Kasdan

Sunday, September 19 at 10 pm – The Princess Bride , Rob Reiner

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