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How TIFF evolved over a decade

It’s hard to believe that I have been going to the Toronto International Film Festival for a decade. When I first went to the festival in 2003, I was a very naive 21-year-old, who didn’t really know how to plan for the festival experience. I remember...

TFS Explains: a film market

When I first heard the term “film market”, it conjured images of some kind of sprawling field of farmer’s stands where, instead of piles of freshly caught fish or freshly picked peaches, the burly salesmen are hawking movies. When I attended my first...

Media Impact: paparazzi and the unmoving image

The interplay between still pictures and motion pictures is an interesting one to analyze in the context of film publicity. Promotional stills, taken by studio photographers, can be portraits of actors and actresses, as well as shots of cast and crew members working...

Changing viewpoints: the Canadian feature lineup at TIFF

Canadian cinephiles frequently bellyache about the fact that we don’t have a strong national cinema. We frequently will not seek out movies made by Canadians, and when we do, we subject them to unfortunate (and unfair) comparisons to Hollywood cinema. This year before...

TIFF prestige gone wrong: 5 Gala Presentation fails

Out of all the films selected at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 20 movies that screen each year as Gala Presentations are considered the headliners of the fest. TIFF rolls out the red carpet at the upscale Roy Thomson Hall and audience members get...