So the Toronto International Film Festival is fast approaching and I’m getting excited! I love going to TIFF, it’s one of my favourite times of the year! Toronto comes alive and you can just feel the excitement in the air. Tons of people come for it, and the city goes a bit crazy. They bring films from all over the world, and this year there are almost 400 films being screened, from 70+ countries! Its a film nerd’s dream come true, right at my doorstep!
Usually I get a package of tickets to share with my brother, this year we have 5 each, and today I got to select which films we would see. They randomly select a window of time you are able to log in and choose, and this year I had pretty good luck as most of what I wanted to see was still available! This doesn’t always happen. I remember last year cursing at the screen as the words “off sale” blinked at me, over and over, mocking me! This year I was prepared. I’m talking about spreadsheets, and multiple options for each day, I was ready to go. Let just say I have a lot of free time right now, so I really committed. ;)
The only thing I’m a bit worried about is getting around. As I mentioned there are a ton of people, just everywhere you look. I also have a feeling I will be taking a lot of cabs. But it’s worth it! They do at least have what they call a “lobby pass”, which allows anyone with mobility issues to sit in a designated waiting area before each screening instead of waiting in line. I had this last year, and it was a really good thing that I did because TIFF is full of eager beavers who show up hours before the screenings to wait in line. Me + standing in line for hours? Don’t think so! It was really easy to get this pass last year, they didn’t really ask me for any details and just gave me one. I guess that was taken advantage of though, because this year I apparently have to prove my need for it. I’m assuming this is because some people were abusing it, and If that’s the case I totally understand them having to put some stricter rules on obtaining a pass… but it still feels pretty awkward to have to prove that I am “disabled enough” to need it. Especially in my case, where I don’t actually have any written proof of my issues. I guess I will be calling my doctor for a note?
Anyways, I wont let that all put a damper on it for me, I’m really looking forward to it, and I’m sure it will all work out. Got some really great films lined up to see, and I’m looking forward to all the uniquely TIFF things (like everyone yelling ARR when the anti pirating ad comes up!) that are in store. Gotta love festival time in Toronto!