Toronto International Film Festival 2013

The Gift Lounges of TIFF

Katherine Brodsky | Posted 11.19.2013 | Canada
Katherine Brodsky

Everyone loves gifts, and companies especially like sharing their products with celebrities and other influencers, hoping to associate their brands with A-listers, and get some all-important media attention. So with every TIFF comes the inevitable swag room: The Gift Lounge. What was up for grabs this year?

TIFF Reviews: Sorry, Sandra - 'Gravity' Didn't Pull Me in

Iman Sheikh | Posted 11.15.2013 | Canada
Iman Sheikh

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg I can't say I'm all that surprised about George Clooney skipping the TIFF premiere of Gravity. He's embarrassed. I would be too. And Sandra Bullock, let's face it, you're basically just playing the same role you had in Speed. Except Speed had a plot.

TIFF: Metallica Talks 'Love Affair' With Canada

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Music

"Metallica Through The Never," the rock band's bold new 3D concert film which just enjoyed its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festiv...

After 35 Years and 135 Rejections, My Novel's a Movie at TIFF

Tim Sandlin | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
Tim Sandlin

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg My novel Sex and Sunsets was optioned as a movie. The option ran out, and it was optioned again, and again. Option cheques arrived for 25 years. I gave up on it being made....

To the TIFF Blogger Who Called 911: Learn What Emergency Means

C. Todd Brown | Posted 11.10.2013 | Canada
C. Todd Brown

Today my phone buzzed with the story of a film blogger calling 911 because he was bothered by someone using their cellphone during a screening. It's kind of a funny story to most, I suppose -- one that illustrates just how wrapped up people can get in this odd world. Except I didn't find it funny. At all. On any level. As a guy who spent every day of my working life for eight years trying to keep up with the volume of calls pouring in to 911 -- legitimate calls, each of which carried with it the weight of someone possibly dying -- I find Billington's action offensive.

Will You Tear Me Apart After Seeing Me In 'The Husband'?

Sarah Allen | Posted 11.08.2013 | Canada
Sarah Allen

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg The interviewers, who were all women, all asked me the same two questions with a grimace: "So did you have a scene where you had to... be physical...with a 14-year-old?" And I tried to explain, to make light, to assure them that it was... obviously uncomfortable but really honestly it was...fine. But I didn't have the time to explain myself; the interview moved on. Judgment was passed. My character in the film doesn't have a good defense.

A Native Storyteller's Long Journey to TIFF

Jennifer Podemski | Posted 11.02.2013 | Canada
Jennifer Podemski

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg A part of me wanted to quit; it seemed pointless. I was only sent out for Native roles and even those were few and far between. Something was wrong with the industry. Growing up, I had almost never seen Native people on television. I was frustrated and angry, but something inside me told me if I wanted to change things, I had to stick with it.

TIFF Lands Metallica 3D, Hurricane Sandy Concert Docs

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada Music

The 38th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival was already shaping up to be a banner year for music films, and today's final round of ann...

TIFF 2013 Films You Won't Want to Miss

Sean P. Kelly | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Sean P. Kelly

2013-08-12-blog_spotlight_on_tiff_v01.jpg Asphalt Watches directed by Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman is a Canadian adult-oriented animated feature that looks completely messed up. That is why it interests me.

TIFF 2013 Premieres Jimi Hendrix, Paul Potts Biopics

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Music

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the first batch of films that will be screening at the 2013 edition of the September fest, inclu...