TIFF 2006 - #9 | The Kick-Off

So it's finally here...

TIFF 2006 started today... I was in the Yorkville area earlier this evening and the whole atmosphere around the Manulife Centre was definitely affected by the festival's comings and goings... People lining up for tickets, some wearing press badges, and some hoping (in vain, perhaps?!) to get their hands on that little stub... The city is bustling with the 'festival types' (you know who you are!)...

I just found out that most restaurants in the area are already booked up for the whole ten days (not that that's something new for this time of the year!)... The Avenue restaurant at Four Seasons has added a martini to its menu for 50 bucks... What the heck?!! Anyway, this year the TIFF will screen 352 films - 261 of those films are features, and 91 are short films... Tonight's gala showings were "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen" and a Canadian film, "Fido"...

More to come...

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