Monday, August 20, 2007

Movieforum Returns For TIFF 2007

Welcome back!

The kind folks at The Toronto International Film Festival have invited Movieforum back for our eighth straight year, and with the first screening only weeks away, we've resurrected our blog incarnation for daily coverage of the 32th annual Toronto International Film Festival, which officially begins Thursday, September 6, 2007.

As always, Robert J. Lewis will be our indefatigable (and over-caffeinated) Canadian correspondent from his home turf of Toronto, and your source for daily news and reviews from the earliest AM press screenings to the splashy Gala presentations, and most importantly (well, at least for him), the after-midnight premieres from such fringe iconoclasts as Dario Argento, George Romero, Takashi Miike, and Stuart Gordon, as well as behind-the-scenes industry workshops and presentations.

A complete film list by title, the Gala schedule, and the Visa Screening Room Schedule will become available on Wednesday, August 22 at noon ET. Here are few more important dates:

On Saturday, August 25, Gala (Roy Thompson Hall) and VISA Screening Room tickets (the Elgin Theatre) go on sale on the TIFF website and at the official Manulife Centre box office. Tickets are extremely limited and go fast, so prepare to be disappointed (take some comfort in that most of the Gala Presentations will find their way into theatrical release within mere months of the festival).

Tuesday, August 28: Advance order forms for pass and coupon book holders are available. Remember, it's the yellow ink for your first choice, and green for your backup.

On Friday, August 31, all advance ticket orders must be handed in at the College Park box office by 1:00 PM. Remember, it's a lottery process, so just because you get your selection envelope in early doesn't mean you'll get all your choices. Prepare to have a "B", "C", "D", and "oh, forget it!" plan, as increasingly fewer downtown screening venues make tickets even harder to acquire, even if you invested hundreds of dollars in a pass.

Thankfully, you'll be notified by e-mail about which tickets you got and those you didn't. So on Monday, September 3, you can pick up your tickets and join the first of many lines to choose replacement screenings.

On Wednesday, September 5, whatever remaining tickets there are go on sale to the general public.

And of course, on Thursday, September 6, the 32nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival begins at Roy Thompson Hall with the Opening Night Gala (and world premiere) screening of Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, based upon the novel by Anne Michaels.

Click here for the official site of The Toronto International Film Festival.

Updated 22/08/2007: here's the link to the complete film list and schedule.