This year’s TIFF promised to be a bigger festival than last year’s. With celebrities like Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, Jennifer Aniston, and Robert Downey Jr. parading down the red carpet, fans were out in full force trying to catch a glimpse of their beloved famous trouper .
Earlier this week after leaving a presentation of Sand Dollars I was fortunate to catch a few celebrities entering the TIFF Bell Lightbox on King Street. So, if you want to find celebrities at TIFF it could be as easy as buying a ticket to – or staking out a spot in front of – the screenings and panels where they’re scheduled to appear.
I’ve got a few more films to watch before the glamorous festival comes to an end on September 14, but so far I think I’ve done fairly well with my celebrity sightings.
“The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is a publicly attended film festival held each September in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2012, 372 films from 72 countries were screened at 34 screens in downtown Toronto venues, welcoming an estimated 400,000 attendees, over 4000 of whom were industry professionals. TIFF traditionally kicks off the Thursday night after Labour Day (the first Monday in September in Canada), lasting for eleven days.
Founded in 1976, TIFF is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world. In 1998, Variety magazine acknowledged that TIFF ‘is second only to Cannes in terms of high-profile pics, stars and market activity.’ In 2007, Time noted that TIFF had ‘grown from its place as the most influential fall film festival to the most influential film festival, period.’ This is partially the result of TIFF’s ability and reputation for generating ‘Oscar buzz’.
Notable films to have had their world or North American premiere at Toronto include Chariots of Fire, The Big Chill, Husbands and Wives, Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, Downfall, Sideways, Silver Linings Playbook, The King’s Speech, Argo, Moneyball, and Crash.” — Wikipedia