Few quick thoughts on day 7 of TIFF:
- I'm at that point in the festival where I have all the pre-screening spiel and all the sponsors memorized ("we'd like to thank the festival's lead sponsor Bell, major sponsor RBC, government sponsors the Government of Ontario and Telefilm Canada, the donors to the festival campaign and Bell Lightbox campaign, this film is in the (Special Presentations/Contemporary World Cinema/Discovery/Canada First) program sponsored by (AMC Television/Sun Life Financial/Diesel/CTV), please turn off your cell phones, pagers, and blackberries, as part of the festival's anti-piracy measures (pause here for the Arrrrrrr), night-vision technology may be in use, etc. etc.)
- Credit goes to the festival for changing up the AMC ticket holder line policy midway through the week. They've started marking up the tickets when people are in line (I won't say how, and if they're smart they switch it up every set of screenings anyway), to keep out the queue jumpers. I had a huge smile on my face tonight looking at the 30 or 40 people they were holding at the entrance to the AMC on the 3rd floor until all the people who had patiently waited in line went in first; that really made my night. Big kudos to the festival for trying something different.
- The sound seems better in the Ryerson over the last few days. Early in the festival I had trouble hearing dialogue when music was playing in the background, but lately it's been pretty good. Either it was my imagination, or they did fix something, and if it's the latter, then kudos to the fest for that too.
- Earlier in the week I had a chance to meet quite a few other TIFF bloggers. Great to finally put faces to URLs, and talk to everyone about their faves and misses of this year.