Tuesday, September 05, 2006

General Ticket Sales Begin

For anyone who hasn't bought tickets up to now, or anyone who wants additional tickets, general sales begin Wednesday, September 6 at 7:00 AM, and run through until the end of the festival. Anyone can purchase tickets online from the festival website (http://www.e.bell.ca/filmfest/), by phone at (416) 968-FILM, at the Festival Box Office at College Park, 444 Yonge St. (south entrance, Market Level), or at the Year-round Box Office at the Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West (main floor, north entrance). Note you must pay by cash or Visa. In addition, the festival announced that additional tickets will be available to the gala screenings.

Expect all the above options to be extremely busy Wednesday morning.

If you didn't buy a pass or coupons to participate in the advanced ticketing, now is your opportunity to purchase tickets to see films during the festival. While all the really popular films will sell out relatively early, there is usually something available during all the timeslots. And you can always use the Rush Line if you're really desperate to see a particular film. Sanjay explains the mechanics of the rush line at his festival blog:


In a rash and wild moment I purchased the 6.30 Gala package (I already had a 10 pick package) and because of school commitments I cannot use the tickets for Dixie Chicks (Tues); Bobby (Thurs) and The Banquet (Fri). I am not trying to scalp them - I would like to cover my costs if possible. Do you have any idea how I might legally make these tickets available to anyone who might want them? suegroves353@hotmail.com

If you haven't gotten responses already, I'm sure there are lots of people out there who'd jump at the chance for the tickets. It may not be an option for you because of timing, but in the past I've gone to the front of the rush line for a movie I had tickets I needed to get rid of, and just started asking who wanted to buy my ticket for its face value.

You could do the same thing with the line outside any of the festival box offices, especially tomorrow morning when people are likely to be eager for tickets.

Actually, another alternative for trading tickets is at the TIFF Reviews message forum. They have a thread specifically for people to trade tickets:


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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