The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival is just over three weeks away. I've attended 57 film festivals since the start of 2006, but none as prestigious or breathtaking in scope as this one. I saw over 170 films there from 2006-2011, and many of my Top Picks from all festivals over the past few years (of over 1000 in total) came from the TIFF lineup.
This year's event runs from September 6-16 and is considered by many (including myself) to be the top fest in the Western Hemisphere, second in the world only to Cannes. Many movies have their World, International or North American premieres there. Almost every major Academy Award-winning motion picture of the past few years debuted at TIFF. The number of films is expected to total over 275.
Previously announced titles include 64 Galas and Special Presentations,74 films in the Midnight Madness, TIFF Docs, Vanguard, City to City, TIFF Kids, and TIFF Cinematheque sections, and 19 features from host country Canada. The final list will be released next Tuesday, August 21. At that point the dates, times, and locations of screenings will be released as the program book is made available.
Three more Galas and 18 Special Presentations were announced this morning, along with the Contemporary World Cinema, Wavelengths, and Future Projections programs. Still to come: Visions, Masters, Mavericks, Discovery, and Nextwave.
Ticket packages are now available for purchase by cash, debit, or online at TIFF.net/thefestival, by phone at 416-599-TIFF or toll free at 1-888-599-8433 (10 AM to 7 PM daily), or in person at the TIFF Box Office at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West (10 AM to 10 PM daily).