TIFF: A Visitor's Guide

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A photo essay on the Toronto International Film Festival and the Bell Lightbox.

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TIFF: A Visitor's Guide

  1. 1. A Visitor's Guide Photo Essay Manori Ravindran<br />
  2. 2. A line for single tickets to TIFF snakes around the block. The line began forming at 5 a.m. This photo was taken at approximately noon. <br />
  3. 3. A premium screening of Conviction (2010) at the Elgin Theatre. During the festival, regular tickets cost $19.69. Premium screenings – such as this one – cost $38.27. <br />
  4. 4. Fans and paparazzi photograph the stars of Conviction (2010) at the Elgin’s back door following the screening. <br /> Source: Kristy Myshaniuk<br />
  5. 5. A crowd gathers outside the Elgin Theatre for the premiere of a Woody Allen film. Fans arrived on scene three hours ahead of time to wait for the director. <br />
  6. 6. Woody Allen presents the cast of his film You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger (2010) at a premium screening. The director left the theatre immediately after introducing the film. <br />
  7. 7. The TIFF Bell Lightbox is unveiled in September 2010. The structure cost $196 million to build. <br />
  8. 8. Located in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district, the Lightbox is flanked by musical theatres and restaurants. Roy Thompson Hall is also within walking distance. <br />
  9. 9. The Lightbox takes up an entire city block, which was named “Reitman Square” after the Reitman family, well-known for their cinematic pursuits. <br />
  10. 10. The Reitman family (the younger Reitman, Jason, directed Juno [2007]and Up in the Air [2009]) donated the $22 million plot of real estate needed to erect the TIFF Bell Lightbox<br />
  11. 11. There are five cinemas, two gallery spaces, a bar, restaurant and gift shop.<br />
  12. 12. The projection room, located in a red structure along the ceiling, demands visitors’ attention the moment they enter the Lightbox.<br />
  13. 13. A Tim Burton exhibit came to the Lightbox in November 2010, after showing at New York’s Museum of Modern Art for several months. The director was present to unveil the exhibit.<br />
  14. 14. The Lightbox runs various film events such as “Canada’s Top Ten,” which featured the ten best Canadian shorts and features of 2010. Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies(2010) was screened. <br />
  15. 15. In 2009, TIFF earned $8,120,10 in revenue and received $14,269,269 from sponsors, donations and government grants. A regular ticket costs $12.00. Premium screenings cost $18.75. <br />

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