TIFF: Experiencing Cinema At Its Best
The Toronto International Film Festival is an experience like no other. This 10-day long festival offers film lovers an array of opportunities to take in a variety of films, shorts and documentaries.
It also gives those trying to break into the film world a chance to own their craft by meeting talent, filmmakers and industry bigwigs. For those who haven’t experienced TIFF, there’s a whole new world awaiting your arrival.
TIFF was born in 1976 (renamed the Toronto International Film Festival 19 years later), back when it was called the “Festival of Festivals”, where the best films from other film festivals around the globe would be shown to eager audiences in Toronto. In the first year alone, an estimated 35,000 enthusiasts watched 127 films from 30 countries. By 2009, those numbers grew to a whopping 500,000 people enjoying 336 films from 64 countries.
This festival is celebrated by many around the globe and is recognized as one of the most important film festivals after Cannes. TIFF has become an important launching pad for top International, Hollywood and Canadian cinema. The Toronto International Film Festival is attempting to change the way people see the world through the creative visuals and cultural discovery film has to offer one person at a time.
TIFF is not only a time for media and journalists to come together to celebrate cinema, but it’s also about regular people coming together to enjoy quality filmmaking at its best and the messages they are trying to deliver.
This year’s film festival has brought in some of the biggest stars including Madonna, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Antonio Banderas, Jennifer Garner, Seth Rogen, Nicolas Cage, Ralph Fiennes, Sarah Polley and many more.
Toronto has been buzzing with whispers of star sightings in some of the hottest spots in the city, and will continue until the festival closes on Sunday. So whether you’re interested in catching a glimpse of some of the biggest A-Listers or taking in one of the many interesting films film, clear your schedule and enjoy the film festival before it’s tucked away until next year.
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