Toronto, Sep 7 (Canadian-Media): The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2018 began on Thursday in Toronto, Ontario with great pomp and enthusiasm.
The Place was full of hustle and bustle with people of all ages and from all communities in beautiful colored attire.
While going to the TIFF 2018 by subway I had a chance to converse with a few people.
Justin, who was going with his family, said that he was going for the first time to see the festivities since he had migrated from England only last year.
Two students Mary and Elizabeth said they are going there for the third time and this year they had purchased ticket for the film "Can You Ever Forgive Me".
Beautiful colored and decorated TIFF sign greeted me as I proceed to go to the TIFF festival.
May youngsters were gathered together taking the pictures of either of their family members or their friends in front of the TIFF sign.
During my conversation with a couple of families and friends, Raul who was from Philipines said that he was a little late in coming and could not see the film crew entering the theatre and added that he would wait till the next film starts at 10 pm to capture a glimpse of the film crew in his camera.
Judy a young mother from Toronto,who was taking the photograph of his teenage son in front of TIFF, said that she was more interested in the atmosphere of festivity and glittering lights of the buildings there and that she would go home after an hour or so.
I was then greeted by a booth which was lined up by many young ladies and I learnt that they were selling make-ups and other beauty accessories.
I walked a little further and noticed a large group of people standing behind two barred fences, one in the front and the other a little elevated on the back.
The largest crowd was in front of the Princess of Wales Theatre where also I had an opportunity to talk to a few people.
Two students Alice and her friend Judith from Toronto University said they had come there for the first time and they were interested in seeing the festivities of the festival.
Thomas and his wife said that they had been coming there for the last two years and said that they would purchase a ticket for Saturday show.
Some other youngsters whom I contacted refused to give their names but said they are from Stratford and were keen in catching a glimpse of the film crew for the 10 pm show.
There was a separate line for the TIFF Accreditation pass holders and were directed by the staff to their respective spots.
Some were there to watch the next show and others were there to interview either the film crew, the director or the film.
There were several TIFF security personnel to guide and redirect people.
Police force was installed in different spots to maintain law and order at TIFF and in Toronto.
Meanwhile, the entire starcast of English-language French-Belgian drama Kursk were present at the premiere of the movie on the first day of the festival.
Kursk stars Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Lea Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, Max von Sydow, Matthias Schweighofer and Michael Nyqvist.
The plot of the film is based on the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster. The disaster had killed 118 Russian sailors.
TIFF this time has appointed Joana Vicente as the new Executive Director and co-head of the festival, media reports said.
The announcement was made by Jennifer Tory, Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors of TIFF.
The festival will run till Sept 16.
TIFF, an international leader in film culture, is a charitable cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)