Thursday, September 05, 2013

Bars and Parties Around TIFF

blogTO has a listing of bars with extended hours for TIFF around the downtown core

as well as TIFF-related or themed parties during the festival:

Monday, September 02, 2013

Ticket Trades

Due to popular request, I've created a page for comments for ticket trades and sales. Only post here if you are willing to trade tickets, or sell for the value you paid for the ticket. Do not post here if you are simply looking for tickets or are trying to sell above face value; I will delete such comments to keep the number of comments under control and to prevent scalping. To try to minimize issues, this blog now no longer accepts anonymous comments; you must sign into Google to post.

For people selling, the most a premium ticket should be is $46 (that includes tax and $1/ticket service charge), and the most a regular ticket should be is $24.50 (that includes tax and $1/ticket service charge). If you find anyone selling for more, post a comment and I will try to delete the offending post when I have time.

Double check any ticket before accepting it; I would not accept an under-25 or senior ticket unless you obviously fit that demographic, otherwise you risk not being admitted.

Use the information here at your own risk; I do not know anyone who may be posting here. If you do trade or buy, make sure whatever you receive looks and feels like your own ticket. Do not accept vouchers, e-mail confirmations, or anything else other than an actual ticket, otherwise you're probably getting scammed. If you have any issues, there is nothing I nor the festival can do for you; you're on your own.

Note if you do post here, you should delete your comment once you have gotten rid of your ticket, so that you don't continue to get inquiries.

Some people have already posted trades to the off-sale page (you may have to go to the newest comments to see it).

Sunday, September 01, 2013

TIFF 2013 Ticket Pickup Starts Tomorrow, Monday, September 2, 2013

Monday, September 2, 2013 is the first day you can pick up your tickets for My Choice, TIFF Choice, and individual ticket purchases. Go to the Festival Box Office (or if you are a TIFF Member, you can go to the appropriate TIFF Member box office) to pick up your tickets.

If you have a My Choice or TIFF Choice package, you will need your pickup vouchers, reservation #, photo ID, and the purchasing credit card for verification. Note if you used senior or student pricing you will likely also need those IDs as well. In practice, they may only check your voucher and photo ID, but I'd recommend having the other items as well to avoid any issues. If you lost your voucher, then according to the festival website, they can only be replaced in-person on September 2, and you will need the above items (minus the vouchers).

If you want to exchange selections (provided your package allows it), you can also do those starting September 2 and up to 7:00 PM the evening before the screening you are exchanging. Note that not all package allow exchanges.

If you are not doing any exchanges, I would recommend that you do not show up at the box office first thing on the 2nd, as people making exchanges will likely be there, and those usually take a long time, so you'll be waiting in line for nothing.

If you bought a TIFF Choice package, you should receive an e-mail on September 2 outlining the films the festival has selected for you.

If you purchased a Back-Half or Daytime package, your selection window will start on September 2. If you want to see which films are already off sale, you can go the site now for individual tickets and see which ones are unavailable.

Saturday, August 31, 2013

TIFF 2013 Experiences

I've had a couple of requests to create a thread where people can post their experiences, or must-sees, or must-avoids for TIFF 2013, so I've added this page for just that purpose. Please feel free to add in the comments any films you liked or disliked, or anything about your experiences at this year's TIFF. But try to avoid any long-winded rants or anything like that: I reserve the right to prune the comments down especially if things start getting out of hand. I'll see how this page goes this year, and if it's successful, I'll try to do this again next year.

Tips on Attending TIFF

I've had a few commenters asking about tips on attending the festival once you have you tickets in hand. I have a post for that (, but probably the most detailed information I've seen recently is on Larry Richman's blog, where he's put together a series of posts on what happens during the festival:

Some general things to note:

  • Theatres are generally not right next door to one another, so be sure you leave yourself enough time.
  • Public transit, especially the subway, is the best and fastest way to get around. Check out the Toronto Transit Commission's site at for information on fares, routes, closures, and service advisories. One important thing to note is that there are still nightly shutdowns of the Yonge subway between Eglinton and Finch stations every night (except Saturday). If you need to head north from downtown after a late film or Midnight Madness, keep in mind that you'll eventually be shunted onto shuttle buses.
  • One other thing to note with the subway: on Sunday, it starts up significantly later, so check the schedule for those days.
  • If you ask a question during Q&A after a film, keep it short and actually ask a question rather than just gushing; no one else wants to hear that.
If you have your own tips for others, feel free to post them in the comments.

TIFF 2013 Individual Tickets On Sale Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013

Individual tickets go on sale to everyone tomorrow, Sunday, September 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM Eastern. If previous years are any indication, the online system will be heavily loaded down when ticket sales start. You may get lucky and get in right away, but more often than not you will be shunted into a "virtual waiting room" which features a countdown timer. Not sure if they'll change the way that works this year, but note in previous years, the countdown didn't actually mean anything; you wouldn't actually gain entry at the end of the countdown, it would just reset more often than not.

You can also buy in person or by phone, but I've heard stories from other people who went in person that all the films they wanted were already off sale by the time they made it up to the counter.

You can check my post from last year on how online individual ticket sales work:

If you want an idea of which films are off sale (i.e. sold out, you can check the official off sale page, or you can check my post here:, or you can check the tiffr page commenter 12amMovies posted based on comments to this blog. Many thanks to 12amMovies for posting and updating the tiffr page, and everyone who contributed off-sale screenings to the page. I know people who came later definitely appreciated the information.

Since it will be difficult for people to login initially when individual sales start, if you do manage to get in and get a chance to see any additional off-sales, feel free to add them to my comment page:

Monday, August 26, 2013

My 2013 Films

Just finished selecting my films for 2013:

  • All About the Feathers (Neto Villalobos, Costa Rica): A small-town security guard finds his life changed when he adopts a rooster for cockfighting.
  • Attila Marcel (Sylvain Chomet, France): The first live-action film from the director of The Triplets of Belleville, follows Paul, 33 but arrested in his development. His neighbour helps to unlock his repressed childhood memories, letting his experience the world through musical fantasies.
  • Beyond the Edge (Leanne Pooley, New Zealand): A documentary covering the first ascent of Mount Everest by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
  • Blind Detective (Johnnie To, Hong Kong): To's latest finds Andy Lau as a blind private detective who teams up with cop Sammi Cheng to solve a variety of crimes.
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, France): Palme d'Or winner this year at Cannes, about the relationship between a high schooler and an art student.
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? (John Carney, USA): From the writer/director of Once, a drama revolving around the music industry, with an all-star cast of both actors and musicians including Kiera Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, CeeLo Green, and Adam Levine.
  • Cold Eyes (Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo, South Korea): Korean thriller follows a police surveillance team trying to catch a gang of bank robbers.
  • Dom Hemingway (Richard Shepard, United Kingdom): Jude Law plays a gangster recently released from prison who tears it up with his former sidekick, played by Richard E. Grant.
  • Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA): Gordon-Levitt's feature film directorial debut, in which he also stars as a porn-addicted, womanizing lothario.
  • The Double (Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom): Jesse Eisenberg finds his life taken over by his doppelganger.
  • El Mudo (Diego Vega, Daniel Vega, Peru/France/Mexico): a crusading judge soon believes himself to be the target of a conspiracy after several incidents culminating in an attempt on his life.
  • Enough Said (Nicole Holofcener, USA): one of James Gandolfini's final roles, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a divorced woman who is tentatively navigating a new relationship while dealing with her feelings about the past.
  • The F Word (Michael Dowse, Canada): Daniel Radcliffe falls in love with a girl already in a relationship, in this romantic comedy from the director of Goon, Fubar, and It's All Gone Pete Tong.
  • Gloria (Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain): Paulina Garcia plays a woman looking for love and life.
  • The Grand Seduction (Don McKellar, Canada): A small town tries to entice a big city doctor into staying permanently so they can win a new factory and save the town. Be interesting to compare and contrast this with La grande séduction (can't remember if I actually saw this at TIFF back in 2003 or not). Ken Scott, the original screenwriter, collaborated with Michael Dowse (who wrote and directed The F Word, which I'm also seeing this year).
  • In Conversation With Spike Jonze: interview with Jonze with clips from his new movie, Her, which stars Joaquin Phoenix.
  • The Love Punch (Joel Hopkins, United Kingdom/France): a romantic comedy-cum-heist movie starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson as a formerly married pair of thieves.
  • Lucky Them (Megan Griffiths, USA): Toni Collette plays a music journalist looking into the decade-old disappearance of a local musician, who just also happened to be her former boyfriend.
  • Man of Tai Chi (Keanu Reeves, USA/China): the directorial debut of Keanu Reeves, who also plays the organizer of an underground martial arts tournament that lures in Linhu (played by Tiger Chen), who needs money to save his master's temple.
  • The Past (Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy): From Oscar-winning director Farhadi (A Separation), The Past finds an Iranian man travelling to Paris to secure his divorce from his wife, but ends up being drawn in deeper into her life and that of their daughter.
  • Quai d'Orsay (Bertrand Tavernier, France): a political satire built around a French foreign minister and his staff.
  • A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, China/Japan): won best screenplay at Cannes this year, and tells tales of four people driven by circumstance into violent action.
  • Unforgiven (Lee Sang-il, Japan): a remake of Eastwood's Unforgiven that transplants the action to late 19th-century Japan. I watched one of Lee's previous films, Hula Girls, at a previous festival).
  • The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki, Japan): the latest film from Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli that tells a somewhat fictionalized story of the man who designed the Zero fighter, and which seems to have generated divided reactions overseas.
  • Words and Pictures (Fred Schepisi, USA): I usually end up seeing any film Juliette Binoche is in at the festival, and here she plays a painter locked in a debate with Clive Owen's English teacher over which form is the more expressive and meaningful.
  • You Are Here (Matthew Weiner, USA): Weiner's (Mad Men) feature film directorial debut, starring Zach Galifianakis as an offbeat fellow who ends up inheriting his estranged father's considerable estate, much to the chagrin of his sister, played by Amy Poehler.
You can also view this list at

Sunday, August 25, 2013

TIFF 2013 Off-sale (Sold Out) Screenings

This post is a placeholder for people to add comments for any films that they notice as sold out (i.e. off sale) when completing the online ticketing process for My Choice packages for TIFF 2013. Feel free to post a comment for anything you see as sold out when you log in to make your picks to help others out.

Note that films may come off sale if people release them before checking out because they changed their mind or failed to complete the check out process. Also, even though a screening sold out during the My Choice selection process, it may become available again when individual tickets go on sale.

Tickets off sale as of September 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM:

  • Sunday, September 15
    • All Cheerleaders Die
    • Antboy
    • At Berkeley
    • Attila Marcel
    • Bethlehem
    • Child's Pose
    • Closed Curtain
    • Cold Eyes
    • The Dinner
    • The Double
    • Enough Said
    • Exit Marrakech
    • Fading Gigolo
    • Faith Connections
    • The Finishers
    • Giraffada
    • Giselle
    • Gravity
    • Home From Home - Chronicle of a Vision
    • Hotell
    • Ladder to Damascus
    • The Last of the Unjust
    • Le Week-end
    • Life of Crime
    • The Lunchbox
    • Manakamana
    • Manuscripts Don't Burn
    • Mystery Road
    • Oculus
    • Omar
    • Palestine Stereo
    • Quai d'Orsay
    • Rock the Casbah
    • Something Necessary
    • Stranger By the Lake
    • The Summer of Flying Fish
    • Trap Street
    • Unbeatable
    • Under the Skin
    • Unforgiven
    • We Gotta Get Out of This Place
    • When Jews Were Funny
    • The Wind Rises
    • Witching & Bitching
    • The Wonders
    • Young & Beautiful

Friday, August 23, 2013

My Choice Package Selection Starts August 24, 2013

Selection of My Choice Regular Flex and Premium Flex packages begins tomorrow, Saturday, August 24, 2013. From August 24 to August 27, TIFF members will select their packages. From August 27 to August 30, the general public will select their packages.

You should have received your start time from TIFF by e-mail by now; if not, contact the festival for help. Note that TIFF members generally select first in descending order of their level, followed by everyone else, who are each given a randomized start time.

If you purchased a My Choice Back-Half or Daytime package, your selection window will be on September 2.

If you purchased a TIFF Choice package, you will be e-mailed the movies selected by TIFF for you on August 31.

For My Choice Regular Flex and Premium Flex package holders, you have from your assigned start time until August 30 at 7:00 PM Eastern to sign in and complete your selections. If you fail to log in during this period, you will have to wait until September 2 at 9:00 AM Eastern before you will be allowed to log in again. Note that the website will be down for maintenance between 1:00 AM and 4:00 AM every day. If you don't have internet access, you can also make your selections at the Festival Box Office or by phone, but only after your start time.

Note that once you log in, you have a maximum of 1 hour after your first selection to make the remainder of your selections and check out. If you exit without checking out, your choices will not be saved and you will receive vouchers instead that can be redeemed for films later. If you don't use up your allotment of tickets, you will receive vouchers for the unused portion. Once you have logged in, you cannot log out and re-log in again at a later date; all your choices must be made during the same session.

If you bought multiple packages, you will receive a separate login for each package. You will need to login separately for each package and make the selections independently. Your start times may or may not be different for each package, depending on when you bought them. I would recommend completing and Premium packages before Regular packages, as Premium tickets have a smaller inventory and sell out quicker.

Some tips:

  • Before starting, make sure you have your username and password that you used when you signed in to the TIFF site to originally buy your packages, along with any package codes.
  • If a screening is marked off-sale, it is sold out. But before you check out, go back and check the film again, as inventory may have be released by other people who changed their minds. 
  • If you encounter any error messages when filling out your order online, try clicking the By Schedule or By Title buttons; do not try to logout.
  • When you check out, note any reservation number displayed to you. You should be e-mailed this number, but it's good to note it just in case.
For more information on the online selection process, consult my Advance Ordering page:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

2013 Programme Book Tote Bag

If you pre-ordered the Programme Book, you should have gotten it with a tote bag (while supplies last). This year's tote bag included:
  • A tote bag sponsored by Timberland
  • A container of orange and blue Jelly Belly jellybeans from Firefox Flicks
  • A portable lint brush from RBC Avion
  • A pen with a blue highlighter from Pacific Rubiales Energy
  • A coupon to upgrade a regular admission to UltraAVX at Cineplex theatres
  • A gift card from Pizza Nova
  • A coupon for a $1 small McCafe beverage from McDonalds
  • A coupon for Porter airlines
  • Coupons for admission/drinks at Media Bar during the festival
  • A pamphlet for the Toronto Entertainment District
  • A card from Wolf Blass
  • A map of the downtown with the festival venues from Timberland
  • A card outlining the benefits of TIFF membership
  • A card advertising short films celebrating the 100th anniversary of The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres from bravoFACT
  • A card advertising, a site that highlights all the film festivals in Toronto throughout the year
  • The Official Film Schedule
  • The Programme Book

Monday, August 19, 2013

Selection Times Being E-mailed

TIFF is in the process of sending out e-mails with the start of selection windows for each My Choice package. A lot of people have tweeted that they've received their e-mails; I got mine at 4:52 PM on Monday, August 19, 2013. The festival tweeted that e-mails are still going out, so don't worry if you haven't gotten yours yet. If you haven't received it after today, I'd suggest calling the festival to get your time.

Tomorrow, on Tuesday, August 20, 2013, the festival will release the full schedule with dates and times for all the screenings. You'll be able to see this information online at the website, or you can head to the festival box office at 225 King St W and pick up an Official Film Schedule. Note starting August 20th, all festival-related purchases/inquiries will be handled from the festival box office, not the Lightbox (unless you are a Patrons Circle member).

If you pre-purchased a programme book online, you should have received an image with a pick-up voucher for the book. You'll need to bring that voucher with you, printed out (not on your phone or tablet), in order to claim your programme book. If you did not receive (because you ordered over the phone or in-person) or lost your voucher, you will have to go to the festival box office with your reservation #, photo ID, and credit card. Note the festival says they won't replace vouchers until September 2. Note you don't need a programme book to make your selections; the free official film schedule or the information online at the website is sufficient.

Consult my page to find out how the online ticketing process works for selecting your My Choice films. It doesn't look like they've changed the process at all from 2012 so far.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Updated How To Pages

The How To links at the bottom of each page in this blog have been updated to reflect 2013 dates and the online ticketing selection process. If you have any questions feel free to add a comment to this post.

A few other things to watch for this year:

  • Pick Up Vouchers are electronic this year. If you didn't print them out when you ordered online, or if you ordered over the phone or in-person, you will need to pick them up from the TIFF box office. Consult the TIFF website at for more info.
  • The Cineplex at Yonge and Dundas is not being used this year.
  • The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, which is being used this year, is further away from the bulk of the other theatres, so plan your schedule carefully if you end up with a film here.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TIFF 2013 Docs, City to City, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Cinematheque Films

The festival released the films that will be appearing in the TIFF Docs, City to City, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, and Cinematheque programs. Highlights include:

  • The Unknown Known: Errol Morris' feature-length interview with Donald Rumsfeld
  • The City to City programme this year is focusing on films set in Athens
  • Horns: from Alexandre Aja (Haute yension, Piranha 3D), Daniel Radcliffe stars as a man who awakes one day with horns growing from his head after being accused of the murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple)
  • The Green Inferno: Eli Roth's latest, a homage to Italian cannibal movies of the 70s and 80s

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TIFF 2013 Galas and Special Presentations Announced

The festival announced the first batch of films today, in the Galas and the Special Presentations programmes.

There are 17 galas, including:

  • August: Osage County, with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts
  • The Fifth Estate, a biopic about Julian Assange, starting Benedict Cumberbatch
  • The Grand Seduction, which would appear to be Don McKellar's remake of the 2003 French Canadian film La grande seduction, with Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch
  • Kill Your Darlings, with Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs
  • Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard's 1979 novel The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, and John Hawkes
  • The Love Punch, a caper comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, with Idris Elba in the title role
  • Rush, Ron Howard's latest set in the world of Formula One back in 1976, with Chris Hemsworth
There are 56 films in the Special Presentations programme, including:
  • 12 Years a Slave, from director Steve McQueen, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, and Benedict Cumberbatch
  • All Is By My Side, a biopic of Jimi Hendrix, with Andre Benjamin in the title role
  • Bad Words, the directorial debut of Jason Bateman
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? the latest from the writer-director of Once, John Carney, starring Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightly, and Catherine Keener
  • Dallas Buyers Club, with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto, from director Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.)
  • Devil's Knot, a dramatization of the aftermath of the 1993 West Memphis murders starting Reese Witherspoon and directed by Atom Egoyan
  • Dom Hemingway, a comic caper film with Jude Law and Richard E. Grant
  • Don Jon, from writer-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with Scarlett Johannsen and Julianne Moore
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron's space-based drama with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock
  • Hateship Loveship, based on an Alice Munro story and starring Guy Pearce, Kristen Wiig, Nick Nolte, and Hailee Stanfield
  • The Invisible Woman, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens
  • Joe, the latest from David Gordon Green, starring Nicolas Cage
  • Labor Day, the new film from Jason Reitman, with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet
  • Like Father, Like Son, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's latest that won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year
  • Night Moves, with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Saarsgard as eco-terrorists, from Kelly Reichardt
  • Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch's latest with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires
  • The Past, director Asghar Farhadi's (A Separation) latest film which won for best actress (Bérénice Bejo) at Cannes
  • Third Person, a new film from writer-director Paul Haggis, with Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, and James Franco
  • You Are Here, a comedy starring Owen Wilson, Zack Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Ticket Packages On Sale to Visa Cardholders July 3, 2013

Just a reminder that ticket packages go on sale to Visa cardholders starting Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern time. You do not have to be a TIFF Member to purchase starting on this date, but you can only pay by Visa. If you want to pay by Amex, MasterCard, debit, or cash, you must wait until July 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern. Note debit and cash are not accepted for online sales.

Your best bet is to use the online site at, but you can also call (416) 599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433, or visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King St W. Note that the TIFF Bell Lightbox only does sales from June 25 to August 19. Starting August 20 a special festival box office will open.

Generally, most packages do not sell out with one exception; the Premium Flex Pack sold out the first day of Member sales this year. There should be additional Premium packs available on July 3, but I would expect they will sell out that day, so if you want a Premium Flex Pack, I would recommend purchasing it as soon as possible. For all other packs you can buy at your leisure. If you are a TIFF Member that couldn't buy a Premium Flex Pack during the Member window, this is your next chance. I'm not sure if any additional packs will be added on July 10 when all payment methods are accepted.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

TIFF 2013 Ticketing Portal Changes

Some things to keep in mind when using the portal to purchase ticket packages:

Once you've logged in, you'll see a window like below:

Click the "2. CHOOSE PACKAGE" button at the top of the page (circled in red above), not the "Members" button to see the list of packages for purchase.

When you checkout and complete your purchase, the site will pop up a window with your pick up vouchers, so turn off any pop-up blockers in your browser. Note, your vouchers are also e-mailed to you to the e-mail address you specified in your profile. The e-mail stated that they can't resend vouchers, so don't lose the e-mail, otherwise you'll have to go do in person to get them.

I did see a bug where on the checkout screen, the line item price for 2 programme books I ordered was incorrect even though the grand total was fine. Purchase went through without any problem, though, and I got the correct number of vouchers.

Speed is now back up as well; the portal was initially very, very slow.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ticket Packages on Sale to TIFF Members June 25, 2013

Just a reminder that ticket packages go on sale to TIFF Members starting Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern time (all payment methods are accepted). Note debit and cash are not accepted for online sales.

Non-members can purchase starting July 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern time, but only if paying by Visa. If you are a non-member that wants to pay by Amex, MasterCard, debit, or cash, you must wait until July 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern. Note debit and cash are not accepted for online sales.

Your best bet is to use the online site at, but you can also call (416) 599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433, or visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King St W. Note that the TIFF Bell Lightbox only does sales from June 25 to August 19. Starting August 20 a special festival box office will open.

Generally, most packages do not sell out with one exception; the Premium Flex Pack sold out the first day of Member sales last year. They released additional Premium packs the first day of sales to non-Members paying by Visa, but they sold out that same day. So if you want a Premium Flex Pack, I would recommend purchasing it as soon as possible. For all other packs you can buy at your leisure.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

TIFF 2013 Ticket Packages

The festival has released details on ticket packages for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, which is on from September 5 to 15, 2013.

Full credit to the festival this year for including far more information and details this year on the ticket packages, pricing, and process. Check out the official festival site here:

The Ticket Wizard provides help on selecting which package may be best for you.

The Product List provides information on each ticket package and on single tickets, including a detailed breakdown of pricing.

The Key Dates page provides important dates you should keep an eye on.

Ticket Info has information about the ticketing process.

Ticket Policies has information about conditions and restrictions, such as how many packages you can buy per account.

FAQ has answers to frequently asked questions.

Some initial observations on the ticket packages for this year:

  • I think prices are up very slightly; note this year they are including HST (provincial/federal sales tax) in their listed prices (but not the additional fees that may be tacked on). I think in previous years they had excluded HST and fees from the listed prices.
  • There's no separate 10-ticket pack; it's been included in the "Regular Flex Pack", which allows you to by in increments of 10 tickets from 10 to 100.
  • The Contemporary World Cinema TIFF Choice Pack is slightly different this year; you get extended Q&As with each of the 5 films.
  • Note the Premium Flex Pack, Back-Half Pack, and Daytime Pack My Choice ticket packages each have two sizes; e.g. the Premium Flex Pack has one version with 6 tickets, and another version with 12.
  • The Online system will be used again this year; Members have earlier windows for ticket purchase and selection as always, determine by their specific member level.
  • For My Choice Packages, there is a limit of one package type per account; i.e. you can't buy 2 Daytime Packs; however, with these packages you can get 4 tickets per screening per account. Exchanges are allowed only prior to the day of screening.
  • For TIFF Choice Packages, you can buy up to 4 per account; there doesn't appear to be a restriction on type; e.g. you could buy 2 Midnight Madness packages. No exchanges are allowed on tickets in these packages.
Important dates to keep in mind (dates in bold represent points of interest for non-TIFF Members):
  • June 25, 2013: Ticket packages go on-sale to TIFF Members at 10:00 AM ET
  • July 3, 2013: Ticket packages go on-sale to the general public, but only if paying by Visa, at 10:00 AM ET
  • July 10, 2013: Ticket packages go on-sale to the general public for all payment methods at 10:00 AM ET
  • August 19, 2013: Ticket selection windows are e-mailed to people who have purchased My Choice Packages
  • August 20, 2013: Official Film Schedule released
  • August 21, 2013: full film schedule posted online
  • August 22 - 23, 2013: TIFF Patrons Circle Members can purchase single tickets
  • August 24 - 27, 2013: TIFF Contributor Members and up make My Choice Regular Flex Pack and Premium Flex Pack ticket selections
  • August 27 - 30, 2013: Everyone else makes My Choice Regular Flex Pack and Premium Flex Pack ticket selections
  • August 30, 2013: By 7:00 PM ET, all My Choice package choices must have been submitted
  • August 31, 2013: TIFF Choice Package holders are notified of what films they will be seeing
  • August 31, 2013: At 9:00 AM, off-sale screenings (i.e. sold out screenings) will be posted at
  • September 1, 2013: Single tickets go on sale to everyone at 9:00 AM ET.
  • September 2, 2013: At 9:00 AM ET, My Choice ticket holders can pick up their tickets and make exchanges.
  • September 2, 2013: My Choice Back-Half and Daytime Package holders make ticket selections

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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