Peter Dacunha at the GATE's Interview Lounge

Welcome to the second day of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It seems like I'm overdue for posting an update, so here's the run down of the last 24 hours which have been filled with movies, interviews, and The GATE's Interview Lounge.

Like the holiday season, the lead-up to the Toronto International Film Festival seems to start earlier and earlier if you're a journalist in Toronto.

"Take On Me" for TIFF 2015

This is not a drill. We're three days away from the <a href="https://www.thegate.ca/tiff-2015/" target="_blank">2015 Toronto International Film Festival</a>, and while the panic sets in for some of us (organizers, PR folks, and media) it's still the most wonderful time of the year.

Hamilton BeLOWZERO

The GATE is pleased to announce that luxury stylemakers <a href="http://www.hamiltonwatch.com" target="_blank">Hamilton Watch</a> and their powerful timepeices will join The GATE’s Interview Lounge as a brand partner at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Omni King Edward Hotel - 2nd Floor Foyer

The GATE is pleased to announce that its <a href="https://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/tiff/023677/the-gates-interview-lounge-at-tiff-2015-featuring-parrot-and-the-macallan-single-malt-scotch-whisky/">Interview Lounge at TIFF 2015</a> will be hosted at the Omni King Edward Hotel from September 10 to September 14. Located in the heart of Toronto, and just steps away from key attractions and entertainment and dining, the Omni King Edward Hotel represents luxury, style, and a VIP experience for The GATE's guests during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Toronto International Film Festival - Bell Lightbox

This is a big year for the Toronto International Film Festival, with the former "Festival of Festivals" celebrating its 40th anniversary, and it just wouldn't be the same without a few filmmaking luminaries and celebrities. As always, there are a lot of stars planning to visit this September for the parties, red carpets, screenings, and everything in between, and we've got the complete list of expected guests to help you plan your star-gazing adventures.

TIFF red carpet

Today, The GATE is thrilled to announce its inaugural interview lounge, which is set to debut during the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and features brand partnerships with Parrot and The Macallan Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

Ethan Hawke as Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue

Throughout the forty years of the Toronto International Film Festival, the developing and fostering and incubating of Canadian films and Canadian cinematic talent has always been an important priority, and because of that this year's terrific line-up of Canadian films can be seen as a direct pay off of all those past efforts and the need to keep TIFF a Canadian film festival--one that celebrates international films and film culture probably better than just about any other festival in the world, while remaining still a Canadian film festival.

Russell Crowe at TIFF 2006

For as long as I've been running The GATE, I've been covering the Toronto International Film Festival. It's a highlight of my year, a struggle, a challenge, and one of the best events I have the honour of attending and covering.

TIFF 2015 Programmers

The lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival will be announced over the next few weeks, leading up to the launch on September 10, and behind those selections for this year's 40th anniversary festival are the programmers. The 22 programmers are the people who make the real hard choices, picking the best films submitted to the festival.

Toronto International Film Festival - Bell Lightbox

Do you love film? The Toronto International Film Festival celebrates 40 years in 2015, and they're looking for passionate film lovers to volunteer and help make this another spectacular year at the festival.