Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Some Additional Ticketing and Other Tidbits for TIFF 2012

Had a chance to listen to and ask a few questions of some TIFF staffers on ticketing this year, as well some other miscellaneous tidbits, collected below:

  • I've updated the Important Dates page with more detailed breakdowns of what happens when. Main thing I got was a more detailed breakdown of purchase windows for TIFF members, which I know doesn't necessarily help everyone, but the info is there anyway.
  • Note Visa cardholders still get to purchase ticket packages earlier, but the festival now accepts all major credit cards the rest of the time.
  • The person from TIFF wasn't sure, but she thought that it might be the case advance ticketing windows would be from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
  • They are also didn't have any info on what the specific pricing is in the big Flex Pack (e.g. say if you wanted 50 tickets).
  • If you purchase multiple packages, you will still only get one login window for completing your picks (assuming they are all related to the same membership/account).
  • You can have a maximum of 100 package tickets per membership/account, regardless of the combination of packages you might purchase.
  • You can have up to 4 TIFF Choice packages, plus 1 Regular flex pack, plus 1 Premium flex pack per membership/account. So I would take that to mean you could by a 50-ticket Flex Pack and a 6-Premium-Ticket pack, but you couldn't buy a second 6-Premium-Ticket pack as well. I'm not completely sure on this, as the names and definitions of the packages leave this particular policy open to interpretation.
  • The newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs cinema is an official theatre this year.
  • There was a bit of talk as to the possibility that Midnight Madness might not only be in the Ryerson this year, but I don't have any further confirmation on this, or how that would even work.
Had a chance to talk to a few other regular festival-goers today, and the general consensus is that everyone is extremely sceptical this new online ordering process is going to work. Obviously we all hope it does work, but we're also expecting the worst to happen. Hopefully we'll be pleasantly surprised. I guess one other additional benefit to the new system will be for out-of-town festival goers who would traditionally have to rely on the courier package which seemed to have its own ups and downs.

As I hear more info, I'll continue to post updates.


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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