Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival say after last year’s pandemic-tailored showcase, they’ve learned the importance of being able to adapt constantly. The 46th edition of TIFF kicks off Thursday. Despite rising concerns about the highly contagious Delta variant, co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente say they are very excited, adding they are confident all the necessary measures have been taken to provide a safe environment for audiences, talent, industry and press.
Those measures include a requirement that festival staff, audience members and visitors entering TIFF venues show proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours beforehand. Similar vaccine rules are also in place at the current Venice Film Festival and the upcoming Sundance showcase.
This year’s TIFF will have more than 100 films, up from the 60 features at last year’s scaled-down version, which was largely online with some drive-ins and a few screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox. New this year are satellite screenings across the country on September 13th. Festival venues will operate at half capacity and forego rush ticketing, indoor lineups and food and drink sales. However, there will be some in-person press conferences and red carpet glam, including at the Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall, even though the usual crowds won’t be allowed.
The Canadian Press
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