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My Experience At The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019! - Shreya Sachdev

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all having a nice day. For today’s blog post, I thought I would talk about my experience at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). As most of you know, I recently moved to Toronto, Ontario due to the fact that I’ve finished high school and am now attending the University of Toronto to study English and Cinema Studies. Since I’m studying Cinema Studies, I was actually invited to a free, private screening of a movie called “Trick” this weekend at the Toronto International Film Festival, and because I loved the festival so much, I decided to go on Sunday as well to see another movie, this time with my family. As you can tell by this website, I am obviously a huge film and television addict, and that’s why I thought it was worth going to the festival to see some movies and to see people who love film and television as much as I do. I thought I would tell you guys about what I did at TIFF, and my overall experience there. TIFF is one of the biggest film festivals in the world, and I’m so happy that I’m now living in Toronto and I’ll be able to go to this festival annually. I also did some reviews of the two films I watched at the festival. They’re called “Trick” and “The Perfect Candidate” and they’re of course under the “Film Reviews” section on my website so make sure you check that out if you want to know what I thought of the movies I saw at the festival. I also wanted to let all of you know that by the end of this week, I’ll be writing a post about my first two weeks here at college, and I’ll be touching on things like frosh week, making friends, my dorm room, doing laundry, eating healthy at college, my classes, and saying goodbye to parents and starting a new chapter of my life, so make sure you stay tuned for that since there’ll be a lot of information in there about what I’ve been up to. I’ve been at college for a week now, but the reason as to why I haven’t posted anything about my college life yet is because I’m only just getting started and I don’t think I have enough to talk about yet, so hopefully by the end of next week I’ll have a lot more to share. I also want to clarify that even though a lot of my posts will be centered around college life from now on, that doesn’t mean that I’m only going to be talking about college. I’ll still be sharing my opinions on different topics and sharing more stories about my life. For now though, let’s talk about TIFF!

As I wrote above, I first went to TIFF on Saturday to see a free, private screening of a movie called “Trick.” I was invited by some organization called “Film Bridge International” and they basically contacted the University of Toronto and asked the university to send them a list of Cinema Studies first year students, and then the organization emailed us directly and told us about the screening. They gave us two options, one on Thursday and another on Saturday, and at first I was going to go to the one on Thursday, but my classes actually started on Thursday, and because I have three big classes on Thursday I decided it would be best that I skip the festival and go on Saturday instead, so I sent an email to Film Bridge International and they told me that they could put me on the RSVP list for Saturday. When I got to the festival on Saturday, it was really crowded and very lively. There were people rushing in and out of movie theaters, and there was even a red carpet inside of the building in which you could have your photo taken. Anyways, I actually ended up going to the wrong cinema at first because I still had the details from Thursday’s screening, so I showed up at cinema five in which there was a different movie being held, and when I tried to show my invitation to the people outside of the cinema they were really confused and also kind of rude. The guy who was standing there was so unwilling to read my email because he didn’t know what I was talking about, and I was super confused as well because I was sure I was at the right theatre. Anyways, I then found someone who worked at TIFF that had a clipboard and they told me that “Trick” was actually being shown at cinema six, not five, and that it was being shown at cinema five on Thursday, and that’s why I had the wrong cinema details, but what you should take away from this story is that some people at the festival are quite rude. You do have some aspiring filmmakers who were able to get their film shown at the festival, and that’s why I think so many people are stressed out and wanting to make sure that everything goes right. Some of the people working at TIFF and helping people find the right movie theatre can also be somewhat rude, probably because they make like ten cents an hour, but some other people can be really nice as well so I guess it depends on who you end up talking to. Anyways, I headed to cinema six and there I was able to watch the movie. Something I really like about TIFF and the cinemas in general are that the seats are wide apart, so even if you’re short you can see the screen extremely well. I was actually sitting next to a film producer the entire time, and she was sleeping throughout the entire movie because the movie was so bad, and I mean it was literally terrible. Like I said above, you guys should definitely read my review of the film “Trick” and definitely don’t go see it because it’s a waste of time and money. I also went to see “The Perfect Candidate” with my mother on Sunday and it was definitely a much better movie than “Trick.” Something that was really cool about the second movie I watched was that it’s actually directed by Haifaa-Al-Mansour, and she came up on stage and talked about her inspiration for the movie, and when the movie finished she even answered some questions from the audience. I thought this was so cool because I had never seen a celebrity so close to me, and I’ve seen her movie “Nappily Ever After” on Netflix and I really enjoyed watching it, so it was cool to see the actual director of that movie on stage.

To be completely honest, I think that the best part about going to TIFF was the exciting energy everyone had when the black cars pulled up and you could see celebrities stepping out. After I watched “Trick”, I was stepping outside with my family and we saw Justin Chong at the red carpet inside of the building, and he was here for some movie that he was in that was premiering. Then, we stepped outside and there were just rows and rows of people behind the bars that were watching the cars pull up, and I saw Jamie Lee Curtis step outside of her car (from a distance) which was insane because I’ve watched so many of her movies. I grew up watching Freaky Friday, and You Again is one of my favorite movies. Then, I saw Don Johnson step outside of a black car and I don’t know him too well, but the fact that he’s Dakota Johnson’s father was cool enough to me. Then, Chris fucking EVANS stepped outside of his car and he’s such a big actor and he’s so hot that I began freaking out. Lastly, Katherine Langford stepped outside of a car and I’ve seen her in 13 Reasons Why, so it was cool to see her too. If I’m being completely honest, I only saw the celebrities from very far away and I didn’t have my glasses on so I had quite blurry vision and couldn’t see them too well, but the fact that I knew they were there and they were only a few meters away from me is still so cool. I’m planning on going to TIFF again just for a few days sometime in the next week just so I can see more celebrities stepping outside of their car, and I’ll definitely be back next year to watch some more movies!