TIFF16: A Different Way of Doing Things

We are less than a week and a half away from the start of the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival. Last week, I had posted my frustrations about TIFF being one of the only festivals I can’t get media accreditation for. It was a few days later when the TIFF schedule was released and I began my yearly process of planning what films I was going to see. I was a few days into this process when I started thinking about a possible change of plan.

As I stated in my previous post, this year I will be seeing less films at TIFF than I did in recent years. At my current estimate, I’ll be able to see about 18 films, plus a few free screenings. While this is still a decent percentage of films, it is a far cry from the 30+ films I saw last year. With this reduced festival slate, I decided the time has come to change the way I typically experience the festival.

As such, when single tickets go on sale for the festival on Sunday, I will only be getting myself ten tickets. These will be primarily for evening screenings and films that I would like to see the Q&A for. As for the rest of my TIFF experience, I now to plan to use the vouchers I receive as a TIFF volunteer to rush the festival’s Press & Industry screenings. This was a perk that was available to me for the entire decade I have been a TIFF volunteer, however I never previously taken advantage of it, mostly because I have never really been a fan of rushing a film, since admittance is never guaranteed. However, I see this plan as a nice little consolation to not receiving accreditation and it will let me have a little taste of the other side of the TIFF festival experience.

I am venturing into unknown territory for this year’s festival and it will be quite interesting to see how it turns out.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).