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
- 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!
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-premieres, red-carpets, movie-stars
Special Presentations, high-profile premieres
- Masters, art-house filmmakers
Conversations with film Mavericks
- Contemporary World Cinema
Contemporary World Speakers
- City To City: Seoul, South Korea
- Discover new directors
- Vanguard cinema, leading-edge
- Wavelengths: Avant-garde cinema
- Short-films Canada
- Kid-friendly family films
- Midnight Madness, action/horror/schlock/fantasy
- FREE: Special events
FREE: Cinematheque classics
FREE: Future Projections, cinematic art
So, what's on our list?
Our next post will highlight our picks for TIFF'14
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