On Tuesday organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival released the 2014 gospel according to TIFF – the official schedule indicating, among other things, which films will screen at Roy Thomson Hall from Sept. 4 to 13 as red-carpeted gala premieres.
Galas draw celebrities. Each year Toronto’s downtown core becomes electric with the energy and excitement of their presence. Every night fans form a gauntlet of smiling faces, waving hands, shouts and camera flashes as the movie stars exit their black SUVs and approach the red carpet.
While TIFF cannot guarantee the presence of every star listed in a film’s credits, rest assured that it’s in every actor’s best interest to attend TIFF premieres. Toronto film audiences are notoriously well-informed and passionate. They impact a film’s popularity and can launch those worthy on the road to Oscar.
Ten days. Twenty gala presentations. Here are the reasons why hundreds of celebrities will shine amidst thousands of TIFF attendees. Let the frenzy begin.