Denied a Press Pass at Toronto Film Fest - What Gives TIFF?
by Alex Billington
August 30, 2007
The Toronto International Film Fest kicks off on September 6th, just about 7 days from now, and I'm supposed to be covering it from start to finish. That is until the folks who run the press accreditation have insisted upon denying my press application no matter how much I try.
It took some work but I got my full festival press pass at Sundance last January - I saw total of 31 great films and I had the time of my life. Now I live for every day that brings us closer to January and Park City, Utah once again. When the possibility of Toronto popped up I was thinking about what a great opportunity it will be to head to another film fest in a new location, enjoy some great movies, and have another amazing experience. But that's just not the case, Toronto doesn't believe in that, they're all about the old, "mainstream" forms of media, not the internet.
Need I remind you (and everyone in Hollywood for that matter), that yes, 51% of teens first hear of new movies from the internet. Sure they're just teens and probably learning about the next cheesy action flick to grace the big screen, but that statistic is staggering and still strongly shows just how much power and emphasis the internet does actually have. TIFF may let in a trickle of movie websites who fall into a certain caliber that they perceive to be "worth it" - Rotten Tomatoes, ComingSoon.net maybe, and a few others. We're at that same level, too, though - the same amount of readers and hits, the same amount of passion for writing, and the same amount of emphasis on the internet.
I'll do my best to cover as much (or as little) as I can of TIFF - as I will still be traveling out there for the entire time. I'm still not sure what convinced them to deny me a pass even when I already have my travel and lodging arrangements in place and will still be there the full 10 days. I hope that I can provide more reviews, interviews, and coverage than just photos of the outsides of movie theaters and downtown Toronto. Wish me luck.