Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Where Are the Theatres?

Click the link below to see an interactive map of the theatres screening films at this year's festival. Note this link will take you to another web site (my own).

Map of Festival Theatres

What if I Missed the Advanced Ordering This Year?

If you missed participating in the advanced ordering process this year, you can buy tickets starting Wednesday, September 7 from the box office at the Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West, main floor, north entrance from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, seven days a week, until September 16. September 17 the box office is open from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. You can buy tickets up until and including the day before the screening; to buy tickets the same day as the screening, go to the box office at the theatre showing the film.

You can also order online starting September 7 at 7:00 AM at the festival website at Note you must have a Visa card.

If the film is sold out, you can still join the rush line outside the theatre the day of the screening. You may get lucky if ticket holders don't show up on time and they release more tickets. Also, sometimes people who already have tickets or extra tickets may come by the rush line to sell them. I've done this before when I've screwed up in scheduling movies and I can't make the showing, or some people may just be too tired to see another film and want to get rid of their tickets, or some people may have friends who can't show up and they need to get rid of their extras.

How the Heck Do I Fill out the Order Form?

In case you wondering how to fill out an order form, consider an example where you want to see the film L'Annulaire at 3:30 PM on Friday, September 9th. The order form looks as follows:

First, write the number of tickets you want in the box labelled "1st" next to the name of the film. In this example, we want 2 tickets.

Next, highlight the name of the film with a yellow highlighter (you may have received one if you picked up a programme). Note the colour must be yellow.

Next, find a film around the same time that will be your backup choice if your first choice is already full when they get around to processing your order form. Note this step is optional. If you do not specify a backup film and your first choice is full, you will receive a coupon which you can redeem at a later date for another film at the festival.

In this example, Battle in Heaven will be the backup choice. Next to your backup film, write the number of tickets you want in the box labelled "2nd". In this example we still want 2 tickets.

Next, highlight the name of the backup film with a green highlighter. The colour must be green.

Your form should look as follows:

Repeat this process until you run out of coupons. For example, if you ordered a 10-coupon package, and you wanted 2 tickets for each film, you would select 5 1st choice films (5 films x 2 tickets = 10 coupons) and optionally, 5 2nd choice backups.

Note you must use a separate order form for each set of coupons you purchased. For example, if you bought a 10-coupon package and a 30-coupon package, you would need two order forms; in one form you'd pick 10 movies, and in the other form you'd pick 30. Some of the festival staff were not making this clear when handing out the programmes and order forms the other day. If you do not have enough order forms, simply pick up more at the processing centre, fill out your choices then and there, and then drop them off.

Don't forget to bring along your drop-off coupons with you when dropping off your completed forms. And make sure you keep your pick-up coupons; you will need them to retrieve your completed orders next Monday, September 5th.

My Choices for this Year's Festival

My friend and I made our picks for this year's festival. Remains to be seen until next week how many of our choices we'll actually get. There's still gaps in our schedule, so we'll probably end up adding a few more films, and I'll probably try to fit at least one film in with my girlfriend.

L'Annulaire: After losing her ring finget in an industrial accident, a woman moves to a town where she's soon involved in a triangle with a sailor and a curator who preserves personal effects that trigger memories for people. Based on a Japanese novel by Yoko Ogawa.

Banlieue 13: An undercover cop and a vigilante race to find a stolen neutron bomb in the dystopia of 2010 Paris.

Beowulf and Grendel: An adaptation of Beowulf starring Stellan Skarsgard, Gerard Butler, and Sarah Polley. From Canadian director Sturla Gunnarsson.

Everything Is Illuminated: The directorial debut of actor Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate). An adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jonathan Safran Foer. Stars Elijah Wood as a man trying to track down the woman who saved his grandfather's life in the Second World War.

Frankie: Follows the drug-fuelled descent of a fashion model played by Diane Kruger (Troy, National Treasure).

Gentille: Follows the relationship of two people.

Linda, Linda, Linda: About Japanese schoolgirls who are trying to put together a performance for their high school festival, covering an 80's Japanese punk hit song. Score by James Iha of the Smashing Pumpkins.

Lucid: A psychothreapist who treats victims of post-traumatic stress disorder has to deal with problems in his own personal life.

Mistress of Spices: Stars Aishwarya Rai as a woman running a magical spice shop in Oakland, who finds herself tempted by a customer (Dylan McDermott).

Obaba: A young woman travels to a small Basque town to videotape it for a class assignment, but soon finds herself caught up in some magical happenings.

Opa!: An archeologist (Matthew Modine) travels to a Greek island to find a long buried church, and soon finds himself entranced by the tavern owner under whose establishment the church may lie.

Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnes: A tabloid reporter travels to a small town to investigate some mysterious disappearances.

Souvenir of Canada: Based on the book by Douglas Coupland (Generation X), the movie pays tribute to Canadian pop culture.

Takeshis': Writer/director Takeshi Kitano plays two roles, one his own real-life entertainment persona, Beat Takeshi, and the other a convenience store clerk called Kitano, and the film follows their lives as they continuously intersect and diverge.

Tideland: A young country girl explores her surroundings and meets some interesting characters along the way in Terry Gilliam's film.

La Vie avec Mon Pere: About the reconcilation between two sons and their wayward father.

We Feed the World: Documentary about the food industry around the world.

Winter Passing: An actress (Zooey Deschanel) travels home to visit her estranged father (Ed Harris) and find the love letters he wrote her mother, and finds him under the care of a former grad student and a musician (Amelia Warner and Will Ferrell).

Workingman's Death: Documentary about people doing some of the toughest and most dangerous jobs in the world, from ship breakers in Pakistan to miners in the Ukraine.

You Bet Your Life: A gambler decides to roll dice to make all the decisions in his life.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Picking up Your Programme

As mentioned in an earlier post, the festival processing centre is now distributing/selling programmes and handing out order forms, the latter for those who purchased coupons for advanced ticket sales.

The processing centre is at 2 Bloor Street West, on the ground floor. The best place to enter is at the back of the building, on Cumberland. You may see two line-ups; one is to pick-up a programme if you ordered one online (you must have your programme coupon with you that you should have received in the mail); the second line-up is to buy a programme (cash and Visa only). Ask to make sure you're in the correct line-up.

If you do not want to buy a programme and just want to pick up a ticket order form, consult one of the volunteers to see if you still have to line-up or not.

When you get a programme, the staff will also give you ticket order forms. Make sure you get a form for each set of coupons you bought. You do not have to give them any pick-up or drop-off coupons at this point.

I'm not sure if you get it if you purchase a programme today, but all advanced programme orders come in a tote bag with a sample of can of Sobe Arush (haven't tried it myself yet), plus pamphlets and ads. You also get a green/yellow highlighter which you will need to fill out your order form.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Gala Tickets Still Available

Tickets still appear to be available online for the following galas:

Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story
The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada
The White Masai
The Myth
Closing Night Film and Party

Despite what the order page says, the site seems to reject any attempts to order tickets for Where the Truth Lies, Wallace and Gromit, and Mrs. Harris.

Start of Advanced Ticketing

Tuesday, August 30 marks the start of advanced ticket selection. If you pre-ordered coupons back in July, you can pick up your advanced ticketing package at the festival processing centre at Cumberland Terrace, 2 Bloor Street W, from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Note this location is different than last year. You must pick up the packages at this location and *not* the main box office.

You bring along the pick-up coupon(s) you should have received in the mail several weeks ago. Each coupon can be exchanged for a ticket selection form on which you choose your films for the festival. You must bring all the coupons you received. For example, if you ordered two books of 10 coupons, you would have received two pick-up coupons, each of which must be exchanged for an order form. If you only bring one coupon, then you would only get one package, and you would only be able to pre-select 10 films instead of 20.

If you ordered a festival programme, it can also be picked up at this time; once again, you have to bring along the coupon you received in the mail and exchange it for an actual programme.

Completed order forms must be dropped off *before* 1:00 PM on Friday, September 2. Any orders received after this time will not be in the advanced ticket draw. You can drop off the forms any time from August 30 to September 2 at 1:00 PM.

The festival staff then spends the weekend processing orders. You can then line up at the processing centre (*not* the main box office) any time from Monday, September 5 to Tuesday, September 6 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, or the main box office any time after the 6th to pick up your completed forms and see what movies you received.

Most people line up on the Monday to pick up their completed packages (and there is usually a substantial line). If you didn't receive all your desired films, you can usually line up in a different line that day to select alternative movies with any remaining coupons you have. If you wait until later to use any remaining coupons, you may find that many of the more popular movies have sold out.

For anyone who did not order advanced tickets, general ticketing opens to the public on Wednesday, September 7, either at the main box office or online.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Gala Tickets Gone Fast

Most of the tickets for the gala performances have already been sold out. Films which are sold out include: Eliabethtown, A History of Violence, In Her Shoes, Mrs. Henderson Presents, North Country, Pride and Prejudice, Proof, Revolver, The Matador, Walk the Line, and Where the Truth Lies.

As of 11:14 AM on August 27, tickets still appear to be available for: Dreamer: Inspired By A True Story, L'Enfer, Mrs. Harris, The Myth, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Wallace and Gromit, The White Masai, and the Closing Night Film and Party.

From what people have been saying, it looks like most of the popular galas sold out within the first 20 or 30 minutes of going on sale.

While highly unlikely, you can always try lining up in the rush ticket line at Roy Thomson Hall right before the showing on the off chance there are still tickets available that day. Also, the tickets that went on sale today were for the evening gala screenings at Roy Thomson Hall. Each of the films will be screening one more time during the festival, usually during the day. While most of the stars do not attend the second screenings, you might get lucky.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Festival Guests

The festival announced this week that over 500 guests will be coming to Toronto, representing all aspects of the industry, each with some connection to the films or other programming showing this year.

The full list can be found on the festival web site at:

Some of the actors attending this year include:
Danny Aiello

Kevin Bacon, Liane Balaban, Alec Baldwin, Sean Bean, Maria Bello, Annette Bening, Andre Benjamin, Juliette Binoche, Jolene Blalock, Cate Blanchett, Brenda Blethyn, Orlando Bloom, Helena Bonham Carter, Lindy Booth, David Boreanaz, Jeff Bridges, Adam Brody, Pierce Brosnan, Geneviève Bujold, Jackie Burroughs, Gabriel Byrne

Jackie Chan, Joan Chen, Margaret Cho, Tommy Chong, Leonard Cohen, Toni Collette, LL Cool J, Douglas Coupland, Billy Crudup, Jane Curtin, Elisha Cuthbert

Vincent D'Onofrio, Bryce Dallas Howard, Claire Danes, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Zooey Deschanel, Caroline Dhavernas, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., David Duchovny, Kirsten Dunst

Aaron Eckhart, Sam Elliot

Edie Falco, Dakota Fanning, Will Ferrell, Ralph Fiennes, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman

Ben Gazzara, Frank Gehry, Richard Gere, Cuba Gooding Jr., Rachel Griffiths, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jake Gyllenhaal

William H. Macy, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Anne Hathaway, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Anthony Hopkins, Bob Hoskins, Felicity Huffman, William Hurt

Tommy Lee Jones

Catherine Keener, Val Kilmer, Greg Kinnear, Keira Knightly, Kris Kristofferson

Jessica Lange, Heath Ledger, Laura Linney, Ray Liotta, Alison Lohman, Eva Longoria

Daniel MacIvor, Shirley MacLaine, Andy Maize, Steve Martin, Dylan McDermott, Frances McDormand, Sir Ian McKellen, Liza Minnelli, Colin Mochrie, Gretchen Mol, Michelle Monaghan, Julianne Moore, Viggo Mortensen, Cillian Murphy, Brittany Murphy

Liam Neeson, Cynthia Nixon, Nick Nolte

Gwyneth Paltrow, Vincent Pastore, Guy Pearce, Barry Pepper, Piper Perabo, Joaquin Phoenix, Rosamund Pike, Sarah Polley, Natalie Portman

Charlotte Rampling, Keanu Reeves, Isabella Rossellini, Kurt Russell

Jason Schwartzman, Emmanuelle Seigner, Elisabeth Shue, Sarah Silverman, Jason Statham, Julia Stiles, Kiefer Sutherland, Tilda Swinton

Charlize Theron, Justin Timberlake

Vince Vaughn

Lesley Ann Warren, Emily Watson, Hugo Weaving, Forest Whitaker, Michelle Williams, Reese Witherspoon, Elijah Wood, Robin Wright Penn

Some of the filmmakers coming this year:
Tim Burton, David Cronenberg, Cameron Crowe, Atom Egoyan, Stephen Frears, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Curtis Hanson, Tsui Hark, Neil Jordan, John Madden, Guy Maddin, Don McKellar, Deepa Mehta, Nick Park, Ivan Reitman, Guy Ritchie, Liev Schreiber, Steven Soderbergh, Stanley Tong, John Turturro, Michael Winterbottom.

If you want to catch a glimpse of some of these people at the festival, there's a few things you can try:

  • Seeing their movie is the best way. If you go to the first showing of the film (each film usually shows twice during the festival), the director and the cast may show up to introduce the film, watch the film, and even do a Q&A session after the film. Note that not everyone does this, and for those who do, they don't always stick around to the end for a Q&A.
  • If you can't get tickets to a film, you can try standing out by the red carpet at the entrance to the theatre. Most stars usually come in through the front when showing up for a screening. All gala presentations are shown at Roy Thomson Hall.
  • You can try waiting at their hotel, if you can figure out where your favourite star is staying. Most of the stars stay at one of the more upscale downtown hotels.
  • Waiting outside hot spots. There's always a lot of socializing during the festival, and many of the stars can be found at restaurants around town. Yorkville is one popular area.

VIACOM Gala Tickets On Sale

Tickets for VIACOM Gala presentations can be bought online, in person, or by phone starting Saturday, August 27. If buying in person, go to the year-round box office at the Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street W, main floor, north entrance, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Note that you must use a Visa card to make your purchase. No other forms of payment are accepted at this time.

The list of gala films can be found at:

Previous entries in this blog that talk about the galas:

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Final List of Films Published

The final list of films for this year's festival has been released. However, this list only includes the name of the films; it does not yet include a detailed description of each film.

The list can be found at:

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Gala Presentations

The festival announced some of this year's gala presentations. It's a good bet that a number of the stars will be attending the festival:

Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, from John Gatins, features Kurt Russell as a racehorse trainer who tries to save the life of am injured horse for his daughter (Dakota Fanning). The film also features Kris Kristofferson, Elisabeth Shue, and David Morse.

Elizabethtown, from Cameron Crowe, starring Orlando Bloom as a man who, after a stunning business failure, travels back to Kentucky for the funeral of his father. Along the way he meets a flight attendant played by Kirsten Dunst. The film also features Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Judy Greer, and Jessica Biel.

Mrs. Harris, from playwright Phyllis Nagy, is based on the real-life murder of Dr. Herman Tarnower (Ben Kingsley), developer of The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet, by his lover, Jean Harris (Annette Bening). The film also stars Ellen Burstyn, Frances Fisher, Cloris Leachman, and Chloe Sevigny.

North Country, from Niki Caro, features Charlize Theron as a single mother who organizes her fellow female workers at a mining company to fight discrimination and harassment. The film also features Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek, and Sean Bean.

Walk the Line, from James Mangold, about the life of Johnny Cash (Joaquin Phoenix) and June Carter Cash (Resse Witherspoon).

Twelve Movies Announced

The festival announced the addition of twelve more films for this year:

Bee Season, from Scott McGehee and David Siegel, is about a husband and father (Richard Gere) who avoids dealing with his fast failing marriage to Juliette Binoche by focusing on the success of his daughter in spelling bees.

Breakfast on Pluto is from Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The End of the Affair, The Good Thief), and follows Patrick Brady (Cillian Murphy) as he leaves Ireland and becomes a transvestite cabaret singer in 60's and 70's London. The film also features Liam Neeson, Stephen Rea, and Brendan Gleeson.

Bubble, from Steven Soderbergh, features a love triangle than comes to a tragic end. The movie features a cast of non-professional actors from the location in Ohio where the film was shot.

Corpse Bride, from Mike Johnson and Tim Burton, is a film using stop-motion animation. A man (voiced by Johnny Depp) puts a wedding ring on a woman's skeleton as a joke, but soon finds himself in the underworld forced to marry the woman's ghost (played by Helena Bonham-Carter).

Everything is Illuminated, is the directorial debut of actor Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate (2004)). The movie stars Elijah Wood as a young man trying to find the woman who saved his Jewish grandfather from the Nazis during World War II.

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang is from Shane Black, who wrote Lethal Weapon, the Last Action Hero, and The Long Kiss Goodnight. The film features Robert Downey Jr. as a thief who somehow finds his way into a screen test for a detective movie and ends up involved in an actual murder investigation with the girl of his dreams from high school (Michelle Monaghan) and a real private investigator (Val Kilmer).

Mary, by Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant), has three characters all linked together by Jesus Christ. A director (Matthew Modine) casts himself as Jesus in a film he is making. The actress playing Mary Magdalene (Juliette Binoche) finds spiritual enlightenment in Jerusalem after the film is finished. And a journalist and his wife (Forest Whitaker and Heather Graham) face death threats after the premier of his documentary on the life of Christ.

The Notorious Bettie Page, by Mary Harron (American Psycho, I Shot Andy Warhol), follows the life of Bettie Page, a real-life 1950's pin-up model. The film stars Gretchen Mol, Lili Taylor, and David Strathairn.

Opa, by Udayan Prasad, stars Matthew Modine as an archeologist carrying on his father's uncompleted search for a Biblical artifact in Greece, who falls for the owner of the village tavern under which the artifact may lie.

Romance and Cigarettes is directed by John Turturro and features James Gandolfini as a man cheating on his wife (Susan Sarandon) with another woman (Kate Winslet), and is forced to make a choice when his wife discovers the affair. The film also has a musical element, with the characters lip-syncing the tunes in their head when they can't find the words. The movie also features Christopher Walken, Mary-Louise Parker, and Mandy Moore.

Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story, is directed by Michael Winterbottom (Code 46, 9 Songs). The film is actually a film-within-a-film, about Michael Winterbottom (played on screen by Jeremy Northam (Gosford Park)) trying to film an adaptation of the novel by Laurence Sterne. The movie also stars Steve Coogan (24 Hour Party People), Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Stephen Fry, and Kelly Macdonald (The Girl in the Cafe) among others.

The World's Fastest Indian is from Roger Donaldson, who previously directed The Recruit, Thirteen Days, Species, No Way Out, and The Bounty, among many other films. The film is based on the real-life story of Burt Munro, who set a land-speed record in the 1970s on a rebuilt 1920 Indian motorcycle. The movie stars Anthony Hopkins.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

This Year's Canadian Films

The festival has announced the Canadian films that will be showing this year. 87 films have made it in, culled from a list of 733 submissions including 220 feature films and 513 short films.

The Canada First! programme features films from Canadian filmmakers who are making their first appearance at the festival, or who have made their first or second feature film. This year, the programme will open with the film Familia from writer/director Louise Archambault. Familia is Archambault's first feature filmand focus on the relationships between two women and their teenage daughters.

Also in Canada First! are seven world premieres, including:

  • The Cabin Movie from Dylan Akio Smith, about three swinging couples on a weekend retreat that soon pushes all of them to the edge.
  • Eve and the Firehorse from Julia Kwan, about a nine-year-old girl with a wild imagination influenced by the Confucian, Buddhist, and Catholic traditions of her family and the people around her.
  • Fetching Cody from David Ray, about a street kid who travels back in time to save the life of his girlfriend.
  • Saints-Martyrs-Des-Damnes from Robin Aubert, about a reporter sent to a small town to investigate a rash of disappearances.
  • A Simple Curve from Aubrey Nealon, about a small-town man who sees his fortune in an old friend who comes to town to open a fishing lodge, which leads to deception and betrayal.
  • Six Figures from David Christensen, about a man and his family who end up moving to a boomtown where they quickly seem to fall behind everyone else, leading to an explosive situation.
  • These Girls from John Hazlett, featuring David Boreanaz (Angel) and Caroline Dhavernas (Wonderfalls). Dhavernas has been at the festival in previous years in such movies as The Tulse Luper Suitcases and The Baroness and the Pig.

Other films in Canada First! include:

  • The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico from Michael Mabbott, a fake documentary about the rise and fall of the titular country singer, which also features appearances by real-life musicians Ronnie Hawkins, Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, and Merle Haggard.
  • Les Etats Nordiques from Denis Cote, about a man who ends the life of his terminally-ill mother and then attempts to start a new life for himself.

The Visions programme features films that are more experimental in terms of their approach and techniques. This year, Canadian films include:

  • Lie With Me from Clement Virgo, based on the sexually-explicit novel written by Virgo's wife, Tamara Faith Berger.

The Contemporary World Cinema programme is the core programme in the festival and features films from all over the world. Canadian films in this year's programme include:

  • Lucid by Sean Garrity, about an insomniac psychotherapist whose treatment of three sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder may give him the key to figuring out the problems in his own personal life.
  • The French Guy by Ann Marie Fleming, who has been at the festival previously with The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam. This movie is an absurdist comedy about a woman recovering from brain surgery who brings home a man she finds on the beach. The situation soon deteriorates into her stabbing and cannibalizing old friends.
  • Whole New Thing from Amnon Buchbinder, featuring among others Rebecca Jenkins, Daniel MacIvor and Callum Keith Rennie. The film is a coming-of-age story about a 13-year old boy with an aptitude for math raised by a pair of hippy parents.
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. from Jean-Marc Vallee, in the words of the writer/director, "A mystical fable about a modern-day Christ-like figure, [which] exudes the beauty, the poetry and the madness of the human spirit in all its contradictions."
  • Horloge Biologique, a comedy from Ricardo Trogi, a comedy about three men who are facing the prospect or reality of fatherhood.
  • La Neuvaine from Bernard Emond, an exploration of personal faith.

Four feature-length Canadian documentaries are in this year's festival:

  • Memory for Max, Claire, Ida and Company from Allan King, who has previously been at the festival with another documentary, Dying at Grace. This film focuses on four residents of a geriatric care centre. This film is in the Masters programme, which features films from renowned filmmakers.
  • Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, from Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, and Jessica Joy-Wise, which focuses on the culture of heavy metal. This film is in Midnight Madness, which features thrillers, horror films, and rockumentaries that are often outside the mainstream.
  • Souvenir of Canada from Robin Neinstein, based on the book by Douglas Coupland (Generation X) that explores Canadian identity. This film is in the Real to Reel programme, which specializes in non-fiction works.
  • Zizek, from Astra Taylor, about the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. This film is also in Real to Reel.

Short Cuts Canada features short films under 50 minutes from Canadian filmmakers. There are 44 films in this year's festival.

The Canadian Retrospective showcases the work of a single Canadian filmmaker eachyear. This year's subject is Don Owen (Nobody Waved Good-bye).

The Canadian Open Vault features each year a recently restored Canadian film. Thisyear, Michel Brault's film Entre la mer et l'eau douce (Between Sweet and SaltWater) is the featured work.

Monday, August 01, 2005

Coupon Books

This year, the festival has changed the process for ticket books. Rather then sending tickets to you in advance, they now send drop-off and pick-up coupons, one for each book of tickets (e.g. if you ordered two books of 10 tickets each, you would receive two drop-off coupons and two pick-up coupons).

When submitting your advanced order form at the end of August, you include with your order form one drop-off coupon. So if you ordered two books of 10 tickets each, you would fill out two forms, one for each book of 10, and with each form you would include a drop-off coupon.

Once the festival has filled all orders and released them for pick up, you use your pick-up coupons to get your tickets. If not all your choices could be fulfilled, you receive a number of tickets equal to the choices you didn't get. For example, if with your 20 tickets you got 15 of your choices, you would receive tickets for the 15 films, plus 5 coupons you can use during the festival.

If you have ordered tickets in advance online, you can pick up the order forms starting Tuesday, August 30, at the Cumberland Terrace Processing Centre, 2 Bloor Street West. You have until Friday, September 2, to finish selecting your films and submit your order forms to the same location (you can submit your forms anytime between August 30 and September 2 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM). Fulfilled orders can be picked up September 5 and September 6 at the same location, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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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