A reminder that tomorrow (Friday, August 25) is the last day on which you can buy passes and coupons for this year's festival. Passes generally allow you to see pre-selected films, while coupons allow you to participate in the advanced ticket lottery, so you can choose films before the festival starts.
If you've never been to the festival before, the Festival Experience pass or the Globetrotter pass is a good way to see some films. You get three films with the Festival Experience pass, or six films with the Globetrotter pass, that the festival staff have pre-selected. If you work during the day, both passes have versions where all the films selected for you start after 6:00 PM on weekdays, or anytime on the weekends.
After this Friday, your options for attending the festival are single gala tickets, which go on sale Saturday, August 26, or buying tickets during the festival itself, starting on Wednesday, September 6 until the end of the festival.
Because of the popularity of the galas, expect most of the single gala tickets to get bought up on Friday, especially for the more popular films.