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Toronto, Aug 11 (Canadian-Media): The screening venues, a hybrid offering of digital and in-person screenings, for the 45th edition of TIFF 2020 which runs September 10–19, 2020, was announced Aug 11 by TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente, TIFF reports said.
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The same high-quality viewing experience as in past years indoor screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox would be enjoyed by festival audiences at the Isabel Bader Theatre, at the drive-ins and open-air cinema including Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView, RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place, and West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place.
A secure digital platform, called Bell Digital Cinema has been created for home viewing.
In keeping with precautionary measures provided by both the City of Toronto and Public Health Ontario, and taking into account previous years’ capacity, the seating has been spread out and would among the TIFF Bell Lightbox cinemas and Isabel Bader Theatre, Bell Digital Cinema, drive-ins, and open-air cinema resulting in reduced and limed seating capacity.
The Bell Digital Cinema, geolocked to Canada, will house most of the films selected for TIFF 2020 for general public digital screenings.
Festival films can also be watched by festival-goers at home on their television screens by using Chromecast, or a newly developed digital TIFF app, which was created for the Festival and will be available in the Apple App Store on September 9.
Committed to the protection of copyrighted material, TIFF has strict anti-piracy measures such as forensic watermarking and visible watermarking are in place on Bell Digital Cinema for each film.
“We’re thankful to every filmmaker, company, donor, member, and partner that has joined us on this adventure,” stated Bailey and Vicente. “We are here today because of our commitment to great programming, to collaboration, to bringing audiences together through the love of film, and to celebrating the amazing audiences we have right here in our city of Toronto. We are truly proud and excited to share this news today.”
Official list of TIFF's films, the screening schedule, and information on where each film will screen across the in-person venues and Bell Digital Cinema will be released Tuesday, August 25. There will also be an an announcement on TIFF Special Events and ancillary screenings.
The province’s Stage 3 reopening guidelines currently cap a movie theatre’s occupancy at 50 guests per cinema depending on the total capacity of the theatre.
Official Film Schedule announced on tiff.net: August 25;
Call centre opens: August 24–September 9 (hours: 10am–6pm)
Box office opens: September 8–9 (hours: 10am–6pm)
Box-office and call-centre hours during the Festival will be announced later this month.
Ticket pricing for 2020 is as follows:
TIFF Bell Lightbox & Isabel Bader Theatre
Regular film screenings: $19 including taxes+fees
Premium film screenings: $26 including taxes+fees
Bell Digital Cinema Regular film screenings:
$19 including taxes+fees
Premium film screenings: $26 including taxes+fees
Drive-in screenings - Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView and RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place
Car with 1–2 people: $49 including taxes+fees
Car with 3+ people: $69 including taxes+fees
Open-air cinema screenings – West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place
Lawn Pod for 2 people (pedestrian): $38 including taxes+fees
TIFF prefers Visa.
On-sale dates & Categories (tickets sales serviced online and by phone only):
August 28 Individual tickets for purchase à la carte to TIFF Patrons Circle Members according to level.
August 28 Ticket exchanges open through to September 19 for in-person venues Ticket exchanges & ticket transfers for Bell Digital Cinema available until September 6 at 6pm
Please note: cross-platform exchanges are not permitted.
September 2 Contributors Circle individual-ticket pre-sale
September 3 Members 365 individual-ticket pre-sale
September 4 Insiders’ individual-ticket pre-sale
September 5 Public individual-ticket on-sale
Continuing to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe execution of the Festival, TIFF's number-one priority is the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community.
Additionally, TIFF has partnered with Medcan, a global health care leader, medical expert in consultation, and health inspiration to achieve its mission of helping people “Live Well for Life.”
Medcan’s team of over 90 physicians and specialists support employee health care including its “Safe at Work System” helping organizations navigate the pandemic.
TIFF is the cornerstone of a $2-billion-a-year film industry in Toronto, generates more than $200 million in annual economic activity for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, and is the chief market to launch Canadian film content into the global marketplace.
An international leader in film culture, and a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit.
Generating an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD, the organization's TIFF Bell Lightbox is supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC.
TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto. TIFF gratefully acknowledges Visa as its Presenting Partner of the Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView. TIFF gratefully acknowledges RBC as its Presenting Partner of the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)