City Life: TIFF ’18 My Movies to Watch

Being a local while TIFF is happening in the city can be really interesting.  Even more interesting when it’s happening down the street from you.  In some ways I feel extremely proud that my home city is hosting a world renowned festival that has been around for almost 40 years (I know!) and attracts the best in film today.  And in other ways I feel overwhelmed, inundated and maybe even indifferent, maybe because it IS happening so close by.

TIFF Street Festival
Photo: TIFF

A few things I learned about TIFF:

  • When the festival started 1976, it was to showcase the best films from other festivals around the world.  It got it’s name that we know today, The Toronto International Film Festival, in 1994
  • The TIFF Bell Lightbox opened its doors in 2010. It’s built on property previously owned by Clara and Leslie Reitman, the parents of Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman
  • Every year TIFF brings in close to 170 million dollars to the city
  • In 1976, admission to TIFF only cost $2.00. In 2018, a regular pass can cost between $18.00 and $42.00
  • TIFF’s People’s Choice Award has become a strong indication of the film that will take home the hardware at upcoming award shows. Past winners include The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire, Precious, Roger & Me, Silver Linings Playbook and Hotel Rwanda.  The 2018 People’s Choice Award was Green Book.
Photo: Patti Perret – © 2018 Universal Studios

There is clearly a lot to be proud of.  Whether you’re an active participant or a little indifferent, there is no denying that some astounding and ground-breaking films come out of the festival.  This year, I can say I barely participated in the festivities but I did pay close attention to the films that were making noise.

After seeing TIFF premieres overtake my social feeds and hearing all the interviews and backstage chatter on TV, I decided to create my list of the films I’m most looking forward to seeing.   I will absolutely make an effort to go watch these whether in theatres or on my laptop.

Last Updated:  January 22, 2019

The Wedding Guest
The Death and Life of John F. Donavan
Beautiful Boy
Monsters and Men
Shark Water
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
A Star is Born
First Man
Green Book
Husband Material
Life Itself
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk
Teen Spirit (SAW IT!)
Hotel Mumbai
The Man Who Feels No Pain

Hotel Mumbai
Photo: Courtesy of Arclight Films

Good thing the weather is getting chillier.  Time to get cozy and start watching all these movies, Oscar Season is just around the corner!

I’d love to hear if you saw any films during the festival and what you might be looking forward to watching.  I’ve promised myself that next year I will make more of an effort to experience the magic of the festival while it’s taking place.

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