A ribbon made of film negatives is seen at the opening of the TIFF Bell Lightbox film complex during the 35th Toronto International Film Festival September 12, 2010.
Credits: REUTERS / Adrien Veczan
Although details of films, filmmakers and visiting celebrities will not be available for a few more weeks, it has been announced that the TIFF City To City program for 2012 focuses on Mumbai, a welcome cinematic culture-swap.
The festival dates are September 6 to 16.
This week, the call goes out for the volunteers who are a crucial part of every TIFF event. A small army of dedicated volunteers works with the thousands of fans and participants who come to Toronto in the name of film every year; the internationally-respected festival could not function without volunteers. If you know your Antonioni from your Eastwood, consider signing up to be part of the excitement. Just kidding about the last part -- they'll tell you everything you need to know. And you get to keep the T-shirt.
Volunteers must be 18 or over. Apply on-line at tiff.net/volunteer.
Finally, long-time fans of the Toronto International Film Festival will be pleased to know that the fest resumes a presence on Bloor Street now that the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema has been added as a new screening venue. Of course, the recently refurbished theatre was a regular spot in the fest in the 1980s and '90s, but like the much-missed University Theatre, the Bloor was off the festival radar for years. Thanks to a renovation last spring, the theatre (which opened in 1913) is back in action and now back in the festival fold. Other festival screening venues for the 2012 run include TIFF Bell Lightbox (natch), Roy Thomson Hall, The Elgin Theatre, the Princess of Wales, Winter Garden Theatre, Scotiabank, Ryerson Theatre, Isabel Bader Theatre, AMC Yonge and Dundas and Jackman Hall at the AGO.
Keep up with all TIFF news at tiff.net