One of the best things about living in Toronto is the proximity of so many great arts and entertainment venues and events. No matter what time of year it is, there will always be a great play or movie or concert or show you can go to after you get off work at the end of the day. However, the best time to be an entertainment loving Torontonian is September, when the annual Toronto International Film Festival is held. This article will give you a brief overview of the fun events you're currently missing out on if you don't attend.
The primary purpose of the Toronto International Film Festival is to unite independent filmmakers with distributors in order to do deals that bring small time movies to a much bigger audience. Screenings are open to the public but are also packed with buyers from studios who can potentially offer the film's producers deals that will help them pay their mortgage. Movie critics also flock to TIFF and are often looking to you, the paying public, for a reaction that they can put in their articles.
The week of the Toronto International Film Festival is a great time to be in the business of event catering, because all day and all night there are parties at various hotels in downtown Toronto where producers, directors, actors, writers, and distributors schmooze each other over cocktails and delicacies. If you're a lucky person with the right connections, you can get yourself an invite to one of these parties and see movie wheeling and dealing in action as well as collect mountains of freebies offered by the event's sponsors.
Even if you can't manage to secure tickets to any of the screenings or parties, it's still fun to hang around downtown during the festival, because with so many celebrities around, spotting them is easy. You might see Antonio Banderas and Angelina Jolie getting out of Toronto taxis on their way to a party or catch a glimpse of Steven Spielburg at the mall shopping for a gift for his wife. Celebrities love Canada because people will not bother them while they're busy, so don't ruin it for everyone else.
You can see a movie anywhere, but only at a film festival do you get the opportunity to speak to the directors, writers, producers, actors, and production designers about their work afterward. So if you have a question about the research they did or how long it took to film, stick around after the show when the film's cast and crew will generally be around for a Q&A or question and answer session.