Here's how to experience Toronto International Film Festival this year

Aug 27 2020, 10:06 am

The Toronto International Film Festival is just around the corner and this year this will look a little different.

The festival will have a mix of virtual and in-person screenings with a shorter program compared to years past, and of course, not much of a red carpet.

Important Dates

The festival runs from September 10 to 19, with its industry conference running from September 10 to 14.

The awards, including the People’s Choice Prize, will be announced on September 20.

Public tickets go on sale September 5, and individual tickets go one sale for other members and patrons earlier: Platinum on August 29; Gold on August 30; Silver on August 31; Bronze on September 1; Contributors Circle on September 2; Members 365 on September 3.

From September 7 to 9, sales for digital screenings are closed, and the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office will open starting September 8 for will-call pickups for in-cinema or drive-in screenings.

Films and screenings

While the festival has a shorter line-up this year with over 50 titles, it includes features and shorts, documentaries and TV series.

The opening night presentation will feature Spike Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s Broadway concert “American Utopia” and Mira Nair’s coming-of-age BBC series “A Suitable Boy” will close the festival.

Some of the other notable films include: Francis Lee’s Ammonite, Viggo Mortensen’s Falling, Regina King’s One Night in Miami, Chloé Zhao’s Nomadland and Halle Berry’s Bruised.

There will also be a drive-in premiere of Canadian documentary Underplayed followed by a live performance from DJ and producer REZZ who one of the main subjects in the film.

TIFF is also celebrating the 25th anniversary of Planet Africa — a festival programme dedicated to cinema from Africa and the African diaspora.

Ticket Details

According to the TIFF website, the tickets will be $19 for regular screenings, including taxes and fees, and the premium ones are going for $26.

Cars of one or two people can watch TIFF movies at the Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView, and TBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place for $49, but cars of three or more people will cost $69.

And, open-air screenings at the West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place can accommodate two people on a “lawn pod” for $38.

Tickets sales will take place online at and by phone at 416-599-2033 or Toll-free: 1-888-258-8433.

Tickets for digital screenings can also be bought at Bell Digital Cinema,

There are also no ticket packages and there will be no rush ticketing at in-person venues.

It’s important to note that masks or face coverings must be worn at all times in TIFF Bell Lightbox, except when seated in-cinema.

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