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Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto

Tel: 416 968 3456's insider take:

The largest film festival in North America isn't Utah's Sundance, and it isn't New York's Tribeca—it's the nonstop blitz of screenings, starlet sightings, and glitzy premieres that is the Toronto International Film Festival. If you're into celebrity-stalking, then plant yourself at a bar or restaurant in Yorkville, and results are pretty much guaranteed. A much better idea is to get tickets to any of the 400 films shown at theaters across the city. Tickets are available in advance online, by phone, or in person at the Festival's office (55 Bloor St. W., main floor). It is possible to buy tickets at theaters, but only on the day of the screening, and only if they're not sold out—with this festival, a little planning goes a long way. The manic ten-day run starts every year in early September.

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