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Welcome to TIFF 2014

Survival guides, reviews, and other fun stuff

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TIFF 2014: Your Guide to the Gala Presentations

The festival's red carpet premieres include a vengeful Denzel Washington and an unhinged Steve Carell.

Still from Maps to the Stars.

“Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” That’s TIFF’s curt and not especially illuminating introduction to its Gala Presentations programme, which is arguably better attended by autograph hunters parked outside Roy Thomson Hall than by paying audiences. Still, dig a little, and you’ll find a number of things worth seeing.

Keep reading: TIFF 2014: Your Guide to the Gala Presentations

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Behind the Scenes: TIFF Programmers on Surviving the Festival

Two of the festival's unsung heroes talk glamour, caffeine intake, and (literally) hitting the wall.

Wavelengths curator Andréa Picard.

Omnipresent at screenings and events, TIFF’s cadre of programmers gets more time in front of audiences than most of the celebs and luminaries. Yet as glamorous as the gig may seem, the demands on programmers’ time during the 11-day festival are daunting. Soon to be tasked with being in eight places at once, Andréa Picard, curator of the experimental-minded Wavelengths program, and Jane Schoettle, who picks titles from Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Germany, and the American indie scene, share the skinny on what it’s really like to be a TIFF programmer.

Keep reading: Behind the Scenes: TIFF Programmers on Surviving the Festival

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TIFF 2014: Your Guide to the Special Presentations

A look at the fest's Special Presentations programme, from Kristen Stewart's finest performance to Xavier Dolan's latest hyperactive opus.

Still from The Clouds of Sils Maria.

Typically the bastion for holdovers from the main competition at Cannes and fresher awards hopefuls eager to hit the fall festival, this year’s Special Presentations lineup is no less starrier or pedigreed than usual.

Keep reading: TIFF 2014: Your Guide to the Special Presentations