TIFF 2016 kicks off today and if you're a regular at the festival you know it's like back to school for film lovers: we meet up with other regulars, some of whom we only see once a year, and we make new friends who we will see next September. Sometimes we chat in line, on the street, and sometimes it's a quick "hi" and "bye" as we dash off to the next film.
If you're not a regular, then visit http://www.tiff.net/tickets/ for tickets and answers to some Frequently Asked Questions. If you have the patience, then call 416-599-TIFF (8433) of 1-888-599-8433, but please have your information ready: title of film, date, time, venue, number of tickets. If you can't get your first choice, then have your second choice ready to go. Have your credit card ready. TIFF is also using Ticketmaster as an online option: http://www.ticketmaster.ca/Toronto-International-Film-Festival-tickets/artist/1493334?tm_link=tm_homeA_b_10001_1
TIFF is a large festival and it's expensive ($25 - $49 before services charges). Don't stress the customer service reps when buying tickets over the phone or in person: they have nothing to do with the prices, especially TIFF's new demand pricing, which raises the price of a film if it's selling out fast. To counter this, TIFF is offering some free films (Guillermo del Toro's Pan Labyrinth, for example), and Festival Street is back on King Street, with streets closed between Simcoe to Peter Street for pedestrian-friendly activities--get the selfie sticks out!