Re: Toronto Film Festival

From: Andrea Picard (email suppressed)
Date: Sun Aug 26 2007 - 08:34:23 PDT

Hi, John, Pip, et al,

I feel as though I should interject here, as TIFF has been extremely
receptive to changes
that I've proposed, including lowering the Wavelengths tickets. There is
a package price for
the entire series, which if purchased whole, brings the tickets to
almost half the price
of a 'regular' TIFF screening. All 6 of the Wavelengths programmes can
be attended for
$66.49 plus tax. More info can be found here:

TIFF has also allowed me to expand the programme from 4 to 6, and to
bring in more experimental
filmmakers from around the world. I have to argue that the festival is
not all about business. And
finally, I know you don't agree with complying with this law, John, but
I've had all of the Wavelengths
programmes rated so that children and families can attend (not that I
think a newborn should have their
delicate little ears exposed to a Bruce McClure performance!).

Andréa Picard
Film Programmer, Cinematheque Ontario &
Wavelengths, Toronto International Film Festival

>>> john porter <email suppressed> 08/26/07 2:28 AM >>>
Pip Chodorov <email suppressed> wrote:
> I'll be at the "Wavelengths" screenings Sept 8-10.
> My new film is selected there.
> I've never been to this festival, but it's
> reputation is one of the best.

Hi Pip,
I can't afford the $20 tickets, but I'd like to meet
you "off TIFF".
Among Toronto's more than 30 "film" festivals, TIFF is
"The Big One", with the biggest ticket prices. Right
now we're experiencing "the quiet before the storm" of
Hurricane TIFF, and it sucks up a lot of film people.

> active art and film scene year-round.
> Many experimental filmmakers live and work there,
> many FrameWorkers too.
> Jonas Mekas classes it among his four
> most boring cities in the world.

It's very small-town Conservative, even the active art
and experimental film scene.

For example, TIFF's visiting experimental filmmakers
should be forewarned that your screening will be
automatically "Restricted" (adults only) by law,
regardless of the content! Minors (anyone under 18)
are not allowed to see even abstract films! TIFF not
only does not protest this law, but they help to
enforce it and don't inform their filmmakers, so on
many occasions filmmakers and/or their families have
been caught by surprise and sent home by TIFF from
their own screening with their child (sometimes a mere
You don't hear any complaints from TIFF's experimental
filmmakers either, including those Frameworkers here
in Toronto.

It's always been mainly about the money here.
"Toronto is full of life and motion, bustle, business,
and improvement. The houses are large and good, the
shops excellent. But the wild and rabid Toryism is, I
speak seriously, appalling." (Charles Dickens, 1842)

John Porter, Toronto, Canada
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