TIFF 2020: Here’s What You Need to Know

Film’s biggest event, the Toronto International Film Festival, has been reimagined as a (mostly) virtual experience for the first time in its 45-year history. Even without the physical screenings, red carpets and star-studded parties – like the SHARP and S/ Festival Experience pop-up event from TIFF 2016 – there are plenty of ways for cinephiles to participate.

As expected, the lineup is stacked, with a whopping 50 new films premiering including the highly-anticipated Concrete Cowboy starring Idris Elba and Halle Berry’s debut Bruised about a former MMA fighter seeking custody of her son. Fifty TIFF ambassadors, a veritable Who’s Who of Hollywood including Martin Scorsese, Barry Jenkins and Canada’s own David Cronenberg, will be hosting and attending panels with actors and filmmakers.

From September 10th to 19th, here’s how you can watch this year’s most anticipated premieres.

Real-Life Screenings

If you’re miss the magic of movie theatres, the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the Isabel Bader Theatre will be holding screenings for up to 50 people.


Everyone’s been a little bit nostalgic lately, and there’s no better way to harken back to a simpler time than to drive-in. Pull up to the Visa Skyline Drive-In at CityView and RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place and catch a flick from the comfort of your car.


Open-Air Screenings

No car? No worries. Groups of two can find a “lawn pod” at the Ontario Place’s West Island Open Air Cinema for screenings all week. The perfect date option.

Virtual Screenings

Watch can’t-miss premieres Chromecast or the newly-launched TIFF app, available now in the Apple App Store.


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