Packages for the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival went on sale this morning, for Visa card holders. You can buy packages if you want to participate in the advanced ordering process, where you pick films before the festival starts. If you just want to buy individual tickets to films, you have to wait until September to do so. If you want to buy packages by cash or debit, you can do so starting July 14. Note that the fesitval doesn't accept any other credit cards except Visa.
To purchase tickets online with a Visa card, go to the festival site at http://www.tiff08.ca/ and click the Buy Tickets link at the top-right of the page.
Subsequent postings will describe the packages in more detail, but some interesting things to note for this year:
- The 10-pack of tickets is back this year.
- The 30-pack has been renamed to the Festival Lite Package.
- There are a number of student packages that allow you to see multiple films during a single day, all for the price of $19.95, with valid student ID.
- Many of the packages, including the 10-pack and the Festival Lite package will not allow you to select films at the Visa Screening Room at the Elgin as well as the galas at Roy Thomson Hall.
This last point is new and I imagine it will generate a lot of negative feedback. Previously, package holders could select films at the Visa Screening Room. Last year I saw about two films there, including The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
The big change last year was that they put individual tickets for the Visa screening room on sale early, but package holders could still buy Visa tickets. But this year they've cut that out.
There are separate passes for the Visa Screening Room, but they are currently sold out.