What to expect from TIFF 2015

One of the city’s favourite events is just around the corner. Here’s what to expect from the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

Dates:  Sept. 10-20, 2015

Locations: Various

Prices: For adults, $24-$46

Contact: 416-599-TIFF / tiff.net

Natalie Portman: The TIFF Soiree kickoff party will feature a sit-down chit-chat with Natalie Portman. More info here http://tiff.net/soiree2015

New This Year: Platform is a new feature at TIFF 2015. Essentially, it’s 12 films that harken back to TIFF’s roots in international film, and the 12 will be juried by a cast of 3 well-respected filmmakers (Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland and Jia Zhang-ke). After each screening, there will be a sit-down Q&A session led by a filmmaker. These 12 films are pegged as bold, distinctive and original. More info at http://tiff.net/whats-on/news-events/what-is-platform

Free stuff: Throughout the summer, TIFF put on TIFF in the Park – free pop-up film screenings at parks around the city. Then, starting in October, TIFF puts on TIFF 40: Your Favourites, which are free screenings of crowd-sourced films at the Lightbox. More info at http://tiff.net/yourfavourites.

And finally, on September 20, there’s a free screening of Vertigo by Hitchcock, complemented by a live performance of the film score by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, playing at Roy Thomsen Hall. Read more at http://tiff.net/whats-on/news-events/40th-anniversary-free-programming

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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