Traditionally, the first weekend of the film festival are the days that are the most top heavy in terms of stars and filmmakers coming into town to make the scene and showcase their films.
Last year was a big year for the Toronto International Film Festival as over 400 celebrity guests arrived for the parties, red carpets and festivities of North America’s most important film festival. However, that’s looking pretty pale compared to this year as an estimated 500 celebrities are confirmed for the 30th Festival of Festivals.
The 30th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is now locked and loaded and ready to be blasted out over this city come September 8th.
Two down and one to go — the Toronto International Film Festival held it’s second press conference at the spot that has become traditional for second press conferences, the Metropolitan Hotel in downtown Toronto.
The 2005 Toronto International Film Festival officially kicked off with the opening press conference held in the magnificent Imperial Room at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (which was a pleasant relief as most press conferences in previous years have been held in woefully small venues making for a very crowded event) – which was appropriate given the fact that the announcements being made and the folks making them were as large and respect-worthy as the venerable old Imperial Room.
Billed as one of the top film festivals in the world, the Toronto International Film Festival is always something amazing to behold, but after 10 days it’s come to a close with a mix of awards for some of the best of the fest.
Nothing says “film festival” like a long list of celebrities and the Toronto International Film Festival has a list that just seems to go on, and on, and on.
Once again, I hit the dirty streets of the T-Dot for NXNE. Once again, I wanted to see stuff I hadn’t seen before, searching, often in vain for the kind of sonic thrills that evaded me last year.
Did I find that crown jewel, that mind bending band that would quiken me, redefine my indie rock sensibilities? Hit or miss, baby… but that in itself is a microcosm of life, isn’t it? The bad with the good.