If you’re someone whose been attending TIFF for years, then chances are you have your strategies locked down. But for beginner TIFF goers, Max Agency decided to share our Top TIFF Tips to Survive the 2018 festival!
Plan Your Schedule In Advance
The official schedule for TIFF 2018 movies was released to the public on August 21st. Since the festival does not begin until September, this gives you lots of time to plan which movies you want to see and at what times. This is recommended as once tickets go on sale, many of the screenings will sell out, especially if it’s highly anticipated! This also allows you to book time off of work if needed and know what times on the weekends to keep available!
Attending the festival can take up a lot of time due to waiting in lines, waiting for red carpets, celebrity hunting or actually seeing films. Therefore, you must pack a bag that includes all the necessities! For example: snacks, sunscreen, portable charger, camera, water, something you want an actor to sign! Also don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes as you could be on your feet for most of the day. These things are needed for a packed movie schedule or if you plan on waiting for red carpet or rush lines!
Be Open Minded Regarding Films
While it may be tempting to only see the films featuring the biggest Hollywood celebrities, we propose having an open mind to the other films TIFF has to offer. There are short films, documentaries, foreign films, etc. Take advantage of the festival and see films you wouldn’t normally be able to see in theatres/ones that do not get wide releases. With so much variety to choose from, we dare you to step out of your comfort zone a little!
Take Advantage of What’s Available
With many different types of screenings happening at the festival, we encourage you to take advantage of every opportunity possible. Take note of which screenings have Q&As where you can ask a question to the director or cast. If a film’s sold out, stand in the rush line and make a day of it. Attend a red carpet to get a glimpse of the stars or maybe even an autograph. There is so much to do at TIFF, make sure you see it all.
Cliché as it is, going into the festival with a positive attitude will make the experience so much better. Make friends with the people in line to make the time go by faster. Chat with the volunteers. Be friendly and make the most of the experience!
Good luck to all the TIFF attendees this year! Let us know what your #1 tip for attending the festival would be?
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