Wednesday, July 13, 2016

New Ticketing System

If you are an existing TIFF Member, you should've received an e-mail instructing you on how to create a new online Membership account for the new ticketing system. The interesting thing is what is running the new ticketing site:

If you can't make it out in the image, the new site is powered by Ticketmaster. It will be interesting to see what the performance of the new system is under load when individual tickets go on sale. In past years, the old system was pretty much guaranteed to go down. In more recent years they introduced a waiting room to which you were shunted if the site was overloaded. The problem with the waiting room was that it wasn't very good at letting people back in following the order they first arrived at the site. assuming it let you back in at all, which generated a lot of frustration. I'm cautiously optimistic about the new system, so we'll see how it goes this year.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

TIFF 2016 Ticket Information and Dates

The festival has released dates and information about ticketing for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

The festival has updated their website and ticketing experience. Existing members will have to setup a new Member account online; they will receive an e-mail on July 12 with instructions on how to setup their new online account. It will be interesting to see if they have made any performance improvements as well to handle to crush during individual ticket purchases.

New this year, the festival says that you will be able to print your tickets at home, use mobile tickets, and transfer e-tickets to friends, although you still have the option to pick up tickets in person from a box office if you prefer. I wonder how much this may cut down on the box office lines before and during the festival.

Dates for the festival can be found at the official TIFF site or at my page here:

Existing Members will be able to purchase ticket packages at 2015 prices between July 18 and July 22. After that, everyone will have to pay 2016 prices which are below. In general, each package increased in total price by about $10 over last year (except for the Closing Night Gala which is still $205).

My Choice Regular Flex Package
10 tickets: $220
20 tickets: $420
30 tickets: $630
40 tickets: $840
50 tickets: $1,010
60 tickets: $1,210
70 rickets: $1,410
80 tickets: $1,610
90 tickets: $1,810
100 tickets: $2,010

My Choice Premium Flex Package
6 tickets: $405

My Choice Back-Half Package
6 tickets: $85

My Choice Daytime Package
20 tickets: $260

TIFF Choice Midnight Madness
10 tickets: $195, $130 Youth & Senior

TIFF Choice Wavelengths
7 tickets: $110, $90 Youth & Senior

TIFF Choice Daytime Sampler
5 tickets: $105, $90 Youth & Senior

TIFF Choice Evening/Weekend Sampler
5 tickets: $120, $105 Youth & Senior

TIFF Choice Premium Sampler
3 tickets: $165, $130 Youth & Senior

TIFF Choice Buzz List
5 tickets: $1,510

TIFF Choice Closing Night Gala Film + Cocktail Reception
1 ticket: $205

Individual Tickets
Regular Adult: From $25
Regular Youth & Senior: From $20
Regular Rush: $20

Premium Adult: From $49
Premium Youth & Senior: From $38
Premium Rush: $40

Official page:

Monday, August 31, 2015

My 2015 Films

My picks for 2015:

  • 25 April (Leanne Pooley, New Zealand): a stunningly animated look at the landings at Gallipoli during the First World War.
  • The Danish Girl (Tom Hooper, United Kingdom): from director Tom Hooper (The King's Speech), this film based on David Ebershoff's novel stars Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything) as a man who discovers new feelings and eventually becomes one of the first to undergo gender reassignment surgery. Also stars Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina).
  • Dheepan (Jacques Audiard, France): winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2015, the latest from Jacques Audiard (I previously saw his Rust and Bone at TIFF) follows a Tamil family that flees from Sri Lanka to France.
  • Endorphine (André Turpin, Canada): I've seen Turpin's work as a DoP on Incendies and Maelstrom. His latest directorial effort intertwines the stories of three women all named Simone.
  • The Final Girls (Todd Strauss-Schulson, USA): a kind of send-up and homage to horror films, with Taissa Farmiga as the daughter of a famous horror movie star who is transported with her friends into one of her mother's films.
  • Francophonia (Alexander Sokurov, Germany/France/The Netherlands): Sokurov's latest film that sounds reminiscent of one of his previous works, Russian Ark.
  • Hardcore (Ilya Naishuller, Russia/USA): shot from a first-person point-of-view, this film follows a resurrected cyborg super solider on a mission to rescue his wife from a psychotic supervillain.
  • High-Rise (Ben Wheatley, United Kingdom): based on J.G. Ballard's novel of the same name, with Tom Hiddleston as a new resident who must navigate the social politics and class structure of a monolithic apartment tower.
  • Horizon (Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Bergur Bernburg, Iceland/Denmark): an examination of the work of Icelandic landscape painter Georg Gudni Hauksson).
  • Lace Crater (Harrison Atkins, USA): a woman attends a house party in the country, ends up sleeping with a burlap-wrapped ghost, and strange things start happening to her body.
  • Mr. Right (Paco Cabezas, USA): Anna Kendrick meets Sam Rockwell and they fall for one another, only it turns out Rockwell is a hitman, and the body count starts to pile up. Saw Kendrick last year in The Last Five Years and Rockwell in Laggies.
  • Love (Gaspar Noé, France): probably will be the most interesting use of 3D I'll see at the festival this year.
  • Office (Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong): To's first musical, about backroom corporate politics.
  • Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan): Kore-eda's latest to hit TIFF finds three sisters in a seaside town who learn their estranged father had another daughter who comes to live with her stepsisters are her father's death.
  • Schneider vs. Bax (Alex van Warmerdam, Netherlands/Belgium): a black comedy about a hitman trying to kill novelist, although the novelist may be more than he seems.
  • Veteran (Ryoo Seung-wan, South Korea): Ryoo's latest (I've previously seen his The Berlin File) follows a maverick detective that takes on a huge corporation that flaunts the law.
  • Where to Invade Next (Michael Moore, USA): Moore's latest film asks the question about what would happen if the US were better at invading other countries, and launches off from there.
  • Yakuza Apocalypse (Takashi Miike, Japan): a mish-mash of everything from monsters to gangsters and everything in between.
  • Youth (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/United Kingdom/Switzerland): Sorrentino's follow up to The Great Beauty finds Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel reflecting on life and the world while relaxing at a spa in the Swiss Alps.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

TIFF 2015 Off-sale (Sold Out) Screenings

This post is a placeholder for people to add comments for any films that they notice as sold out (i.e. off sale) when completing the online ticketing process for My Choice packages for TIFF 2015. Feel free to post a comment for anything you see as sold out when you log in to make your picks to help others out.

Note that films may come off sale if people release them before checking out because they changed their mind or failed to complete the check out process. Also, even though a screening sold out during the My Choice selection process, it may become available again when individual tickets go on sale.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

2015 Programme Book Bag

If you pre-ordered the Programme Book, you should have gotten it with a bag (while supplies last). I'm going to stop calling it a gift bag as it's really more a bag of sponsor advertising. :-) This year's bag included:

  • a Timberland/TIFF branded reusable bag
  • the TIFF Programme Book
  • the TIFF Official Film Schedule
  • 500 ml O.N.E. coconut water
  • two $50 off coupons for airbnb
  • a book of Ciroc cocktail drink recipes
  • a visitor guide for the Toronto entertainment district
  • a Birks special offer of a pendant with purchase
  • a $15 off coupon for Express and Express Men
  • a Rimowa luggage entry for a draw for tickets to the closing night gala
  • a flyer about the donation campaign to help aspiring filmmakers
  • a TIFF membership flyer
  • a Timberland flyer
  • a coupon for the Windsor Arms spa
  • a flyer for Pizza Nova
  • coupons for Cineplex theatres
  • I think there may also have been a can of pop in some bags, but not in mine

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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