Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014 TOfilmfest tickets

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival begins next week.
In the previous couple of posts we've covered:
Here's how to get tickets:
    Sunday, August 31st – Wednesday, September 3rd
    9AM – 7PM daily before the festival starts
    Thursday, September 4th – Sunday, September 14th
    7AM+ daily during the festival
    • additional tickets released for purchase at 7AM daily
      (reserved-seats, and returned-tickets, available)
    • buy online, by phone, or at box-office
    Line-up hours in advance of any screening
    • If a screening is still off-sale, a rush-line will be created for non–ticket holders.
      Arrive as soon as possible; admittance based on availability; first-come, first-served.
    • CASH ONLY (regular $20; premium $40)
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

2014 TOfilmfest Top 20 (anticipated)

“THE LITTLE DEATH” (2014 feature film directed by Josh Lawson)Once again, we're very happy to be invited by Peter Howell, movie critic for the Toronto Star, to be a part of his annual Chasing the Buzz poll — a panel of critics/programmers/film-buffs name the film they are most looking forward to at the festival.

“WHIPLASH” (2014 feature film directed by Damien Chazelle)This will be our 7th year, and we are being asked to provide just one film title, and just one sentence to state the reason for our choice. As part of the process, we came up with a list of 20 films that we're most looking forward to at TIFF'14 – here they are, in no particular order:
    “KABUKICHO LOVE HOTEL” (2014 feature film directed by Ryuichi Hiroki)
  1. Aire Libre, Anahí Berneri
  2. The Little Death, Josh Lawson
  3. The Dark Horse, James Napier Robertson
  4. Heaven Knows What, Benny & Joshua Safdie
  5. The World of Kanako, Tetsuya Nakashima
  6. “MAPS TO THE STARS” (2014 feature film directed by David Cronenberg)Sand Dollars, Laura Amelia Guzmán
  7. Whiplash, Damien Chazelle
  8. They Have Escaped, J.P. Valkeapää
  9. Kabukicho Love Hotel, Ryuichi Hiroki
  10. Mommy, Xavier Dolan
  11. Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg
  12. “PASOLINI” (2014 feature film directed by Abel Ferrara)Pasolini, Abel Ferrara
  13. Breathe, Mélanie Laurent
  14. “CHARLIE’S COUNTRY” (2014 feature film directed by Rolf de Heer)Alleluia, Fabrice Du Welz
  15. Teen Lust, Blaine Thurier
  16. The Voices, Marjane Satrapi
  17. Charlie’s Country, Rolf de Heer
  18. “THE TRIBE” (2014 feature film directed by Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)The Tribe, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy
  19. Behavior, Ernesto Daranas
  20. Girlhood, Céline Sciamma
“GIRLHOOD” (2014 feature film directed by Céline Sciamma)The top picks from all panelists will be published in the Saturday Star on August 30th, and also appear online at

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TOfilmfest selection process

Last year we did the Maryland Film Festival, and recently one of our friends (film-producer and festival-programmer), who's heading up from Baltimore for TIFF'14, asked:
  • What movies are you looking forward to seeing the most and WHY?
    Is it the director, screening location, time of day, running time, time of week, better popcorn? What goes into everyone's selection process?
It's a great question, because the Toronto International Film Fest is a "no-time-to-eat-or-breathe" festival. It's just not possible to see more than a fraction of the 400+ films screening over 11 days — and it's especially challenging, from a scheduling perspective, because there are often 20+ films screening at the same time!

search by directorsearch by cast membersearch by languagesearch by countrysearch by classificationsearch by ticketsearch by star ratingsearch by theatresearch by date

So, for what it's worth, these are some of the things we consider when selecting our screenings:
  • Director/Actor/Actress – if you've followed and enjoyed the work of a particular director or actor/actress, you'll likely want to see their latest film
  • Countries & Languages – if you want to visit another place in the world, be immersed into another language and culture, cinema makes it easy to travel the world
  • Classification – although some movies may be intended for a younger audience, any film without an official OFRB rating will be restricted to adults 18+
  • Release dates – some may want to be the first to see a new film, but we generally avoid films that have a theatrical release already set for the fall
  • Ticket prices – with advance ticket package prices up 28% this year, and $46 'premium' screenings appearing across many different programs, it's important to consider whether your choices are likely to be worth the expense
  • Star-rated reviews – many films that have screened previously have been reviewed by critics, so it's wise to check (although, it's possible that whatever earned a film a rave-review, may cause you to avoid it; likewise a damning review might cite something that compels you to want to see it for yourself)
  • Location – certainly some cinemas are better than others, but it's not a factor for us (we still believe it's better to watch a great film in vintage-seats, than some movie you'll soon forget, in comfortable/modern ones)
  • Timing – it's definitely advisable to plan most of your screenings within a reasonable walking radius, and give yourself ample time to get in the line, for the next film
Also, you may be interested to browse films by program:
  • GALA Gala-premieres, red-carpets, movie-stars
    SP Special Presentations, high-profile premieres
  • MAST Masters, art-house filmmakers
    MAV Conversations with film Mavericks
  • CWC Contemporary World Cinema
    CWS Contemporary World Speakers
  • CTC City To City: Seoul, South Korea
  • DISC Discover new directors
  • VAN Vanguard cinema, leading-edge
  • WL Wavelengths: Avant-garde cinema
  • DOC Documentaries
  • SCC Short-films Canada
    SCI Short-films International
  • KID Kid-friendly family films
  • MM Midnight Madness, action/horror/schlock/fantasy
  • SE FREE: Special events
    CTQ FREE: Cinematheque classics
    FUT FREE: Future Projections, cinematic art
Btw, if you want to filter, sort, and search all the feature-films from your smart-phone, try TIFFwidget — it's a mobile-browser friendly version of our full website. Also, there's a PDF of the 2014 official film schedule, in case you can't pick one up.
So, what's on our list?
Our next post will highlight our picks for TIFF'14...  :-)
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

2014 Full Festival Line-up Complete!

The final film titles have been announced for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival:


Mavericks in Conversation

Special Events


There were also additions to some previously announced programs:

Special Presentations

Contemporary World Cinema




“THE VOICES” (2014 feature film directed by Marjane Satrapi)
Including short-films and free screenings, the festival is bringing over 400 films to Toronto this September!

See you at the fest,

btw, here's the 2014 complete film schedule in PDF format.
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