Oh man, I'm sort of overwhelmed/mildly discouraged/massively anxious but very grateful about the information you provided. I'm coming down to Toronto from Edmonton so I really, really hope things work out. Once again, thank you for this!!
LOL! Oh Maria, sorry to overwhelm/shock/dishearten you, but trust me, I have experienced all those emotions in my 13 years of TIFF. I think I cried one year when I didn't get tickets to a screening. Not ugly cry, just, regular people 2 minute crying. LOL!
But this information I'm giving you is to help you FOCUS on one screening, and have one as an alternative. I already KNOW that there are some fans who plan to attend two screenings, as well as do their stalking stuff. To make your trip to Toronto worth while, plan to see a few films, don't be so Timmy focused. Be online at 10 am EST on Sept 3rd for Single ticket day sales. If not, do RUSH. When there's a will, there's a way. Good luck!
Update: I remember!! I cried about not getting tickets for a David Cronenberg film back in 2005. I eventually got the ticket on Craiglist.
To give you an idea of what the red carpet at RTH looks like and the proximity celebrities are to the throngs of fans, take a look at these images. For Timmy, imagine the crowd double the size what you see here.
Based on my experience, I believe that TIFF rolls out an allotment of tickets available each day in an effort to save some tickets for purchase on single ticket day. So when the time comes for you and I to buy our ticket, hopefully we'll be able to select our preferred screening. I'm drinking tea out of my orange TIFF cup every day for the past two weeks, leading up to my ticket window to foster in good will, good karma, good mojo to get all the tickets to the films I want to see. In my case, Beautiful Boy isn't the only hot ticket, I want to see 3 other films that may be off sale now.
@anon - A party at the Montecito? I've eaten there before, fabulous! Where are you getting this information about Hugo Boss?
@nini - I've never bought tickets at the box office due to logistics (used to live in Michigan previously - got my tix online), but I reckon you should be there just before they open up the box office. But if you're a member, why aren't you getting tickets online?
i went to make reservations there for saturday night and the entire day was blocked and remembered that the hugo boss party has always been held there. friday night reservations are wide open
quick question - if you have been to the elgin - what is the screen viewing like if you are very close to the stage? is it like in a movie theater? i am hoping not because i looked at the photos of the elgin and it seems more like a traditional theater set up where the seats are set further back?
The Elgin theatre is great viewing for those in front row for a play. But for a theatrical setting, you will be looking up a little uncomfortably for a film. However, be warned, for the BB gala/premium screening the front row is most likely already reserved for VIPs and TIFF members at high levels. No regular fans will get those seats. I've never been able to sit in front row at the Elgin. I sat like in 3rd row for Winter Garden. But I have been in front row at Ryerson and Princess of Wales.