Tuesday, July 08, 2014

2014 Ticket Packages on Sale for all Payment Methods Wednesday July 9, 2014

Just a reminder, ticket packages go on sale for all payment methods (not just Visa) for the general public tomorrow, Wednesday July 9.

Friday, June 20, 2014

TIFF 2014 Ticket Packages

The festival has released details on ticket packages for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, which is on from September 4 to 14, 2014.


Check out the official festival site here:


The Ticket Wizard provides help on selecting which package may be best for you.

The Ticket Product List provides information on each ticket package and on single tickets, including a detailed breakdown of pricing.

The Ticket FAQ answers common questions about the ticketing process.

The Ticket Info package provides information about the ticketing process including important dates.

Ticket Policies has information about conditions and restrictions, such as how many packages you can buy per account.

I've made some initial observations about the ticket packages for this year in another post:
http://tifftalk.blogspot.ca/2014/06/tiff-2014-ticket-package-changes.html

Important dates to keep in mind (dates in bold represent points of interest for non-TIFF Members):
June 24, 2014Ticket packages go on sale to TIFF Members at 10:00 AM ET.
July 2, 2014Ticket packages go on sale to the general public if paying by Visa (probably at 10:00 AM ET).
July 9, 2014Ticket packages go on sale to the general public for all payment methods (cash, debit, Visa, MasterCard, American Express) (probably at 10:00 AM ET).
August 18, 2014E-mails sent out notifying My Choice ticket package holders of their selection window.
August 19, 2014Official Film Schedule released and Festival Programme Books available at 9:00 AM ET.
August 21-23, 2014Individual tickets available for purchase for TIFF Leadership, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze members starting at 9:00 AM ET, according to Member level. In 2012, TIFF Leadership members could enter the first day starting at 7:00 AM, Platinum at 11:00 AM, and Gold at 3:00 PM. Silver could enter the second day starting at 7:00 AM and Bronze at 11:00 AM.
August 24, 2014Select screenings online at tiff.net (or by phone or at the TIFF Bell Lightbox) for TIFF Patrons Circle and Principal Members, according to member level, for Regular Flex and Premium Packages, In 2012, TIFF Leadership members could enter the first day starting at 7:00 AM, Platinum members at 11:00 AM, and Gold members at 3:00 PM. TIFF Silver members could enter the second day starting at 7:00 AM and Bronze members at 11:00 AM. TIFF Principal members could enter the third day starting at 7:00 AM, while Contributor members got a randomized start time from the third day onwards.
August 25, 2014Select screenings online at tiff.net (or by phone or at the TIFF Bell Lightbox) for TIFF Contributor Members, according randomized start time.
August 26-29, 2014Select screenings online at tiff.net (or by phone or at the TIFF Bell Lightbox) for the general public for Regular Flex and Premium Packages. Package holders will receive a randomized start time.
August 29, 2014End of ticket selection window at 7:00 PM ET for Regular Flex and Premium Packages for the general public and TIFF members.
August 30, 2014List of off-sale (i.e. sold out) screenings is posted on tiff.net at 9:00 AM ET.
August 30, 2014TIFF Choice Package holders receive e-mail notifying them of the screenings they will receive.
August 31, 2014Individual tickets available for purchase for the general public starting at 9:00 AM ET at tiff.net or by phone or at the Festival Box Office).
September 1, 2014TIFF Members can pickup their ticket packages and make exchanges starting at 9:00 AM ET.
September 2, 2014Select screenings online at tiff.net (or by phone or at the TIFF Bell Lightbox) for TIFF Contributor Members and up, starting at 9:00 AM ET. TIFF Individual/Dual members can select starting at 12:00 PM ET.
September 2, 2014General public can pickup their ticket packages and make exchanges starting at 9:00 AM ET.
September 2, 2014Select screenings online at tiff.net (or by phone or at the TIFF Bell Lightbox) for the general public for Back-Half and Daytime Packages.

TIFF 2014 Ticket Package Changes

TIFF has released information about the tickets and packages available for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, on from September 4 to 14, 2014.

Some changes from last year:

  • The TIFF Choice Canadian and City-to-City Packages no longer exist
  • There is a new 'Buzz List' package where you get priority access to five "big-ticket" premium screenings, but it will set you back $1,500
  • There is Rush ticket pricing for regular and premium screenings that is lower than the normal adult ticket pricing
  • Prices have gone up around 1 to 8%, with some exceptions:
  • The Child (under 12) pricing no longer exists, but there is still 25 and Under pricing. For children under 12 that would represent an increase of 15 to 24%
  • The Daytime Pack is the same price as 2013
  • There is no Senior/Student pricing for the Closing Night Gala Film this year
Where there is a more significant pricing difference is in the Regular Flex Pack. The table below shows the difference in prices from last year to this year. Both the 2013 and 2014 prices include taxes but not fees.

Number of Tickets 2013 Price 2014 Price Increase
10 187 200 6.9%
20 373 400 7.2%
30 559 600 7.3%
40 656 800 21.9%
50 706 904 28.0%
60 848 1085 27.9%
70 989 1266 28.0%
80 1130 1447 28.1%
90 1271 1626 27.9%
100 1412 1808 28.0%

As you can see, at the high-end this is a huge jump. Just in case you are wondering if the 2013 prices didn't include tax or something like that, in 2013 I bought a 60 pack and two programme books, and after tax it came to $942. This year, 60 tickets alone will be $1,085 after tax.

I'm not sure why there is such a huge jump in the regular flex package pricing. The My Choice premium packages only went up by 3%. This would seem to be heavily penalizing the avid festival goer that sees a lot of films, or people that pool together to purchase tickets. For 2013, buying a 100 ticket package was 75% of the cost if you bought 10 10-packs. For 2013, buying a 100 ticket package is 90% of the cost if you bought 10 10-packs.




Thursday, September 05, 2013

Bars and Parties Around TIFF

blogTO has a listing of bars with extended hours for TIFF around the downtown core

http://www.blogto.com/film/2013/09/50_bars_with_4am_extended_last_call_for_tiff_2013/

as well as TIFF-related or themed parties during the festival:

http://www.blogto.com/film/2013/09/tiff_party_guide_2013/

Monday, September 02, 2013

Ticket Trades

Due to popular request, I've created a page for comments for ticket trades and sales. Only post here if you are willing to trade tickets, or sell for the value you paid for the ticket. Do not post here if you are simply looking for tickets or are trying to sell above face value; I will delete such comments to keep the number of comments under control and to prevent scalping. To try to minimize issues, this blog now no longer accepts anonymous comments; you must sign into Google to post.

For people selling, the most a premium ticket should be is $46 (that includes tax and $1/ticket service charge), and the most a regular ticket should be is $24.50 (that includes tax and $1/ticket service charge). If you find anyone selling for more, post a comment and I will try to delete the offending post when I have time.

Double check any ticket before accepting it; I would not accept an under-25 or senior ticket unless you obviously fit that demographic, otherwise you risk not being admitted.

Use the information here at your own risk; I do not know anyone who may be posting here. If you do trade or buy, make sure whatever you receive looks and feels like your own ticket. Do not accept vouchers, e-mail confirmations, or anything else other than an actual ticket, otherwise you're probably getting scammed. If you have any issues, there is nothing I nor the festival can do for you; you're on your own.

Note if you do post here, you should delete your comment once you have gotten rid of your ticket, so that you don't continue to get inquiries.


Some people have already posted trades to the off-sale page (you may have to go to the newest comments to see it).

Sunday, September 01, 2013

TIFF 2013 Ticket Pickup Starts Tomorrow, Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013 is the first day you can pick up your tickets for My Choice, TIFF Choice, and individual ticket purchases. Go to the Festival Box Office (or if you are a TIFF Member, you can go to the appropriate TIFF Member box office) to pick up your tickets.

If you have a My Choice or TIFF Choice package, you will need your pickup vouchers, reservation #, photo ID, and the purchasing credit card for verification. Note if you used senior or student pricing you will likely also need those IDs as well. In practice, they may only check your voucher and photo ID, but I'd recommend having the other items as well to avoid any issues. If you lost your voucher, then according to the festival website, they can only be replaced in-person on September 2, and you will need the above items (minus the vouchers).

If you want to exchange selections (provided your package allows it), you can also do those starting September 2 and up to 7:00 PM the evening before the screening you are exchanging. Note that not all package allow exchanges.

If you are not doing any exchanges, I would recommend that you do not show up at the box office first thing on the 2nd, as people making exchanges will likely be there, and those usually take a long time, so you'll be waiting in line for nothing.

If you bought a TIFF Choice package, you should receive an e-mail on September 2 outlining the films the festival has selected for you.

If you purchased a Back-Half or Daytime package, your selection window will start on September 2. If you want to see which films are already off sale, you can go the site now for individual tickets and see which ones are unavailable.

My experiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. Note this blog is not affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Group or the festival itself.
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