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The top 10 people's choice winners of all time at TIFF

Posted by Alexander Huls / August 29, 2014

tiff peoples choiceOne of the top annual awards handed out at the Toronto International Festival is the People's Choice Award (PCA). Chosen by audiences, every year the award represents the film that most captured the hearts and minds of TIFF-goers.

What's remarkable about the award is that over its forty-year history, a large amount of movies picked have gone on to become all-time classics and big Oscar winners. With such a buffet of quality represented, I decided to dive in and pick and rank ten of the best films that have ever walked away with TIFF's coveted People's Choice Award.

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The top 10 documentaries to watch at TIFF 2014

Posted by Alexander Huls / August 28, 2014

tiff docsWe're blessed with an embarrassment of riches these days when it comes to documentaries. It seems like we're genuinely in the midst of a Golden Age of the Doc, with no end of captivating, informative, emotional, life-changing films about reality coming out every year.

The offerings at this year's Toronto International Film Festival in particular represent some of the best documentarians currently working, and show that this renaissance is far from over. Here then are the most promising docs appearing at this year's festival.

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15 must see films at TIFF according to its programmers

Posted by Alexander Huls / August 27, 2014

tiff 2014I like to imagine myself pretty well informed at this point when it comes to TIFF's line-up this year but the simple truth is no one is more of a TIFF guru than the programmers themselves. They've spent hours upon hours watching movies, thinking about movies, and writing about movies. If there's anyone who truly knows the films offered at TIFF 2014 inside and out, it's these guys.

Which is why I thought it'd be a good idea to go directly to the source to guide your film selection process. Five TIFF programmers generously took the time to give us their own personal top 3 hidden gem recommendations for movies you should check out and be sure not to overlook.

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The top 10 foreign films to see at TIFF 2014

Posted by Alexander Huls / August 26, 2014

foreign films tiffFor all of TIFF's star-studded glamor, and the chance to see films that could go Oscar, one of the festival's greatest pleasures is enjoying its vast selection of international cinema. Not just because some of our greatest filmmakers are working outside of North America, but because you might never have the opportunity to see the movies appearing at TIFF anywhere else.

So, here then are the best sounding foreign movies appearing at TIFF this year that represent some of the world's greatest filmmakers or the movies that you'd do well to check out now in case they don't ever make it to Blu-Ray, Netflix or Zip.ca.

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The top 10 Twitter accounts to follow during TIFF 2014

Posted by Alexander Huls / August 25, 2014

tiff twitterDuring TIFF a smartphone can become something like a Swiss Army knife: a multi-use, all-purpose lifesaver. With it you can check the weather so you know to bring an umbrella for waiting in line, or you can check subway delays so you know to mad-dash to your next screening by cab instead. You can also check Twitter to get a day-by-day update on what films are generating buzz (good or bad) and choose to update your line-up accordingly.

Of course, for the best results, you have to follow the right people on Twitter. Here then are a few must-follow film professionals (more than half of which are Torontonians) to add to your Twitter feed. You can trust them not just for good assessments of what's at TIFF, but also tweeting entertainment in general for all you movie buffs out there.

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The top 50 stars scheduled to appear at TIFF 2014

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 23, 2014

tiff starsWant to know where to find celebrities at TIFF? You might get lucky, and spot Ryan Reynolds grabbing a burrito at your favourite local spot - or get even luckier, and snag an invite to a top-secret bash. But if you want to get all scientific about it, it's as easy as buying a ticket to - or staking out a spot in front of - the screenings and panels where they're scheduled to appear.

In an effort to give you stargazers a good place to start, I've narrowed down the list of luminaries headed to the festival to the top 50 screen legends, and listed them by scheduled public appearance date; click on each name to get more info on times and locations for each screening. Hope you've got your autograph books and Sharpies ready.

Here are the top 50 stars scheduled to appear at TIFF 2014.

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