TIFF Survival Tips

I have been going to the Toronto International Film Festival for many years and I would like to provide some tips to make sure your festival experience is a great one.

In no particular order, they are:

1. Bring a friend

– Going to TIFF is a lot of fun but it’s better when you have company. It also helps when you are navigating the long lines and someone might need to use the facilities.

2. Bring water

– We need you hydrated.

3. Prepare for the Q&A

– When you are setting up your schedule keep in mind many of these screenings will have Q&A’s with the directors and cast after the film. Budget this time into your schedule.

4. The long lines are your friend

– If you see many films chances are you will spend a lot of time in lines so make the most of it.

5. The volunteers are the best

– While people come out to see the stars, it’s the volunteers (who are all around, unnoticed by the general public) whose amazing contributions make the festival what it is. Take time to say hi.

6. Bookmark  TIFFR

– The best way to plan your festival

7. Download the TIFF app and follow TIFF on Twitter. They have a lot of useful information. I would even turn notifications on.

8. Set your alarm for 6:50 am

– Every morning at 7am TIFF releases tickets to screenings. So if the movie you wanted to see is full then check back on the morning it is supposed to show.

9. Seating location is key

– If you are in the Ryerson or Elgin Theatres sit near the front. It’s the best spot to be in for Q&A’s