Thursday, August 28, 2008

Deadline for Advance Orders

Just a reminder, tomorrow, Friday, August 29, 2008, at 1:00 PM is the deadline for submitting any Advance Order Books, in order to participate in the advance ticket process. If you fail to submit by this time, then your order will get processed after everyone else. Orders must be dropped off at the Toronto Life Square box office at Yonge and Dundas.

After this Friday at 1:00 PM, the festival will start processing the advance orders. They will start with donor orders, then move through all other orders (see my previous post on the ticket process for more details). Generally speaking, they will e-mail you once your order has been processed, letting you know which of your selections you got. If you didn't get everything you selected because the film was already sold out, you will receive vouchers that you can use to select other films starting Monday, September 1. Note that usually every year there are some people who don't seem to receive e-mails for whatever reason, but that's not an indication that your order hasn't been processed.

You can pick up your tickets starting the morning of Monday, September 1, at the Toronto Life Square box office. If you received all your selections, then there is no need to line up first thing in the morning. If you didn't, then you can pick up your tickets and vouchers, and then join a different line to select new films (or you can use your vouchers during the festival once it has started).

My friend dropped off my order book today (Thursday morning), and it ended up in lucky box #13.

The interesting thing he saw was the donor drop off boxes. Only the top 6 levels of donors get priority before everyone else in the draw. In descending order, they are:

  1. 52/7 Circle (donation of $5,000 or more)
  2. Gold (donation of $3,500)
  3. Silver Screen (donation of $2,000)
  4. Film Club (donation of $1,000)
  5. Associate (donation of $500)
  6. Benefactor (donation of $250)

Anything below $250 does not receive any benefits in the lottery.

There looked to be a couple of forms in each of the donor boxes (a bit more in the Benefactor box), and there wasn't any obvious indication that there would be multiple boxes needed for each level, but we'll have to see how the lottery goes this year.

Shannon the Movie Moxie has some photos of the lineup and box office at Toronto Life Square:


Hi Richard,

I was wondering if I could ask you a question. Have you ever tried the RTH box office during the festival? The thought of lining up at Toronto Life is making me nauseous. Dundas Square is a popular area, whereas College Park was at least sort of hidden. I suspect that many patrons might gravitate there this year. Any input would be really helpful. Thanks! :)


I haven't been to the RTH box office, but my friend has once, and I think he said the lines were a lot shorter. I seem to remember hearing others say the same thing. So, probably not a bad bet once the festival starts.

I'm also in Box 13. Go lucky 13!

Actually I'll be happy with anything from 1-13 or at the tail end of the high numbered boxes.

Thanks, that's really helpful. RTH is still fairly new, so I've been having difficulty finding people to ask who've actually tried the box office.

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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