masks while watching movies

Like many other festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival is largely going virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You know, the global outbreak that’s killed more than 200,000 people in the United States alone? Yeah, that pandemic. Anyway, in addition to its virtual component, TIFF is going to be having some in-person screenings for this year’s festival, but for some inexplicable reason, attendees will not be required to wear masks while watching movies inside the festival’s theaters.

Speaking of delusional behavior, the National Association of Theatre Owners have released a jaunty little animated video desperately trying to convince Americans that it’s safe to return to movie theaters. Check that out below.
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tiff 2020 Venues

TIFF, the Toronto International Film Festival, is going to be very different this year. For one thing, non-Canadian press accredited for the fest will be partaking of the films virtually. As for those on the ground in Toronto, they’ll have an option of indoor cinemas, digital screenings, drive-ins, and open-air cinemas to enjoy this year’s offerings. And today, the TIFF 2020 screening venues and ticket sale dates were revealed.

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TIFF 2020 Opening Night Film

The Toronto International Film Festival is going to be very different this year. Due to the coronavirus, the festival is putting its line-up online for press for the first time ever. And while there are still plans for in-person events, like drive-in screenings, things are going to be severely pared-down. Nevertheless, TIFF is still hoping to have a fest, and today they’ve announced their opening night film: the Spike Lee-directed David Byrne’s American Utopia.

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tiff 2020 plans

Today, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has unveiled its plans for the upcoming 2020 festival. As everyone knows, the coronavirus pandemic has left the future of public events like festivals seriously in doubt (at least for this year). The Cannes Film Festival had to cancel its plans, as did SXSW. But TIFF still wants to make something happen this year. As a result, they’ve laid out a plan to create a hybrid festival that blends physical and online screenings, along with digital red carpets, Q&As, and more.

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tiff 2020

In a normal year, the Toronto International Film Festival kicks off in September. But 2020 is not a normal year by any stretch of the imagination, and TIFF is now facing a big decision. Due to the coronavirus, many of this year’s film festivals have already been canceled, or at the very least delayed. With September fast-approaching, the TIFF organizers are holding fast, and refusing to postpone. But they also realize that even if all coronavirus restrictions are somehow lifted by September, there will still be a hesitation for some to venture out into a crowded metropolis for a packed film festival.

So what’s the solution? A digital component.

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TIFF 2019 Unsung Gems

The festival scene rolls on past Toronto, with Fantastic Fest kicking off this week and New York Film Festival gearing up for next week. It’s easy to focus on the big winners – Joker, Jojo Rabbit – and the losers – The Goldfinch, Lucy in the Sky – and completely lose sight of why these festivals exist in the first place. In a crowded media environment, film festivals represent one of the last bastions that provide platforms to emerging or under-the-radar filmmakers. They are a spot where a film, freighted with few expectations, can come out of nowhere and surprise unsuspecting viewers.

The following three films represent some of the best of this side of TIFF. Their journeys do not end at the festival, either. Unlike well-funded studio projects using TIFF as a launch pad for release, these films are all seeking U.S. distribution and will likely continue touring the worldwide festival circuit. Keep an eye out for them if they arrive at a fest near you.

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Guns Akimbo Review

“You like this?!” asks Daniel Radcliffe’s Miles to a covert camera live streaming his misfortunate adventures as he fights for his life. It’s a breaking point for him as a character in Guns Akimbo, and he launches into quite the screed about the cowardice of the viewers who cheer on imperiling people from behind the remove of their screen but could never face a similar situation in their own lives. In a smarter movie, Miles might also be addressing us, the audience, with his impassioned rant. After all, haven’t we, too, been watching his plight voyeuristically and getting a kick out of his misery?

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TIFF 2019 Streamer's Guide

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) gained international prominence over the last few decades by billing itself as the “Festival of Festivals.” That distinction means, in essence, that if you go to TIFF, you won’t need to go to another festival all year. With more than 300 titles hailing from across the globe, one can only dip their toe into the riches of Toronto’s lineup even with wall-to-wall screenings over its 11-day duration.

By the time the oft-Oscar prognostication People’s Choice Award winner is announced on Sunday, September 15, two of TIFF’s biggest premieres – The Goldfinch and Hustlers – will be playing across North America. But let’s say you don’t want to wait until then to get in on the Toronto viewing? Here are ten curated titles that you can program as a streaming festival adjacent to Toronto. That way, once these titles hit theaters over the next year, you’ll have a leg up on some of the past work of cinema’s coming vanguard.

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TIFF 2019 Gala Presentations

The first 2019 Toronto International Film Festival announcements are here, and they don’t disappoint. The special and gala presentation titles include Todd Phillips‘s Joker, Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out, Taika Waititi‘s Jojo Rabbit, and many more. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 through September 15, 2019. See the full TIFF 2019 gala presentation line-up below, along with the special presentation titles.

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Outlaw King TIFF

The opening and closing night films at TIFF have been announced. David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine, will open the fest, while Justin Kelly, Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, starring Laura Dern and Kristen Stewart, will close. More info on these titles, and what else to look forward to at TIFF below.

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