How to Festival - 2021

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How to Festival

Your guide to the 2021 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival

How to get your tickets to TIFF 2021
  1. Always start at TIFF.net to review the film and event schedule. Note what you want to see along with screening times.
  2. Confirm your on sale date to buy tickets and review other ticket purchase guidelines.
  3. Buy your tickets
Before Festival
Aug. 24-Sep. 8
Use TIFF Tickets for in-cinema screenings, drive-ins, open-air, digital screenings (to September 7), and online live events (until September 7)
During Festival
Sep. 9-18
Use TIFF Tickets for in-cinema screenings, drive-ins, open-air, and online live events

digital TIFF Bell Lightbox for digital screenings (beginning September 8)

Don’t worry, the schedule items on tiff.net will always link to the site where you can make your purchase.

Need help or have more questions about tickets? Visit TIFF Helps.

How to go to Festival
Physical Venues – Entertainment District
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TIFF Bell Lightbox
350 King St. West
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Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre
300 King St. West
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Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe St.
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Scotiabank Theatre
259 Richmond St. West
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Physical Venues – Ontario Place
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Cinesphere IMAX Theatre
East Island 955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
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Visa Skyline Drive-In
East Island, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
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RBC Lakeside Drive-In
East Island, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
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West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place
West Island, 955 Lake Shore Blvd West
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Digital Venues
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digital TIFF Bell Lightbox
The Festival’s online film platform. Access your films and other free content at digital.tiff.net. Films available in Canada only. Other content available internationally.

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TIFF Bell Digital Talks
The Festival’s online talks platform. Register for an account and access live events at TIFF Bell Digital Talks. Free for TIFF Members. Available internationally.

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Social Media
Follow to watch free livestream events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and tiktok
#TIFF21
Industry Digital Venues
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TIFF Digital Cinema Pro
The Festival’s online Press & Industry screening platform. Access films and other content at digitalpro.tiff.net.
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TIFF Bell Digital Talks
The Festival’s online talks platform. Access Industry Conference, In Conversation with…, and Press Conference events via a link sent to your email before the start of the Festival.
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TIFF Industry Delegate Resources
The Festival’s online directory of industry participating at the Festival.
Learn more
See: Industry Details | Follow us on Twitter

Tips on How to Experience the Festival
Movie Theatres
Familiar and different, a seat is waiting for you.
Before heading out
  • Get mobile tickets ready, double check film start time
  • Get your proof of vaccine OR negative COVID test ready
  • Select face mask 😷
  • Check weather 🌤
  • Plan clothing (lineups will be outdoors, rain or shine, so be prepared)
Getting there
  • Check the traffic or transit before leaving 🚛🚗🚌
  • Plan to arrive no earlier than one hour prior to screening
On site
  • Look or and wait in the designated outdoor line
  • Have your mobile ticket ready 📱
  • Have your proof of vaccine OR negative COVID test ready
  • Prepare for bag check
  • Be in your seat 15 minutes prior to screening start time
  • No snack or beverages in cinemas
  • Wear your mask throughout the entire screening 😷
Show time
  • Enjoy the show 🤩
Drive-ins
Horn honking is the new clapping (but not during the film).
Before heading out
  • Get mobile tickets ready, double check when doors open, and film start time
  • Clean your car windshield inside and out
  • Test your radio (consider bringing a portable radio if your vehicle shuts off after a period of time)
  • Select face mask 😷
  • Check weather 🌤
  • Plan clothing (bring a light jacket, sweatshirt or blanket)
Getting there
  • Check the traffic before leaving 🚛🚗🚌
  • Plan to arrive no earlier than two hours prior to the screening
On site
  • Have your mobile ticket ready
  • Enjoy the special pre-show events
  • Get snacks and beverages from concessions 🍫🥤🍿
  • Be parked in your assigned spot 15 minutes prior to screening start time
  • Tune your radio to the designated FM station 📻
Show time
  • Enjoy the show 🤩
Open Air Cinema
Fresh air and a film under the stars.
Before heading out
  • Get mobile tickets ready, double check when doors open, and film start time
  • Get your proof of vaccine OR negative COVID test ready
  • Select face mask 😷
  • Check weather 🌤
  • Plan clothing (bring light jacket or sweatshirt, rain jacket or poncho, comfortable shoes)
  • Pack a blanket and bug spray, just in case 🐝
Getting there
  • Check the traffic and transit before leaving 🚛🚗🚌
  • Plan to arrive no earlier than two hours prior to the screening
On site
  • Have your mobile ticket ready
  • Have your proof of vaccine OR negative COVID test ready
  • Get snacks and beverages from concessions 🍫🥤🍿
  • Be in your seat 15 minutes prior to screening start time
Show time
  • Enjoy the show 🤩
At Home
Solo or with your social bubble, it’s red carpet optional.
Do a system check on September 9
  • Verify selected films are in your account
  • Test your desired viewing devices or apps (mobile device, SmartTV, or computer) 📺📱🖥
  • Play the How to Festival video successfully
Set up your home cinema one hour before viewing
  • Ensure viewing devices are plugged in or powered up, and are connected to the internet
  • Get snacks and refreshments ready 🧁🧀🍷
  • Grab a blanket or a favorite pair of fuzzy socks
15 minutes before
  • Sign in to your digital TIFF Bell Lightbox account (browser or app) for screenings, or your TIFF Bell Digital Talks account (browser only) for events 👩‍💻👨‍💻
5 minutes before
  • Dim the lights 🛋
  • Get cozy
Show time
  • Press Play or join the stream
  • Enjoy the show 🤩
  • Finish the film within four hours
  • Click the Q&A button to watch bonus content
Your Health and Safety

At TIFF Festival venues, government health and safety guidelines will be strictly enforced. Beginning on September 9, 2021, Festival staff, audience members, and visitors entering TIFF Festival venues from September 9 to 18 will also be required to show either proof they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or proof that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within 48 hours prior to entering any TIFF venue. This protocol does not extend to the Visa Skyline Drive-In and RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place, where audiences will be in their cars.

In addition to proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, TIFF guidelines include social distancing measures, including limited capacity in each cinema, with masks required to be worn at all times. There will be no concessions sold at indoor TIFF Festival venues. The drive-ins are the exception. Red-carpet access will be for media outlets and by invitation only.

See more information on TIFF’s COVID-19 Protocols.


After the show, experience more and be part of the Festival buzz
  • Check out free film Q&As, conversations and talks on YouTube 🎞
  • Follow TIFF’s social channels and stay tuned for livestreamed events
  • Subscribe to the Festival Daily to receive film and event news every morning 📨
  • Tell your friends and continue the conversation on social media with #TIFF21

Looking for more Festival information? Always start at TIFF.net

Need help or have questions? Visit the Help Centre

TIFF has put mitigating measures in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, attending in-person events could increase your risk of contraction. By entering the venue, you voluntarily assume all risks and agree that you will not hold TIFF liable for any illness that may result.