TIFF 2006: Preliminaries

It’s almost that time of year again. From September 7-16, Toronto is taken over by celebrities and celebrity hounds, partying into the wee hours and clogging up Yorkville with their bling. Oh, and they show a few films as well.

I’ll be attending for the 12th year, though I’m only seeing ten films again. Without taking vacation time off work (which I’m saving for our trip to Slovenia just after the festival ends), ten is about the limit for me.

I was a little bit excited for about thirty seconds when I saw that the official TIFF web site is offering a feature called “Your Blogs”. That is, until I read part of the lengthy terms and conditions:

You grant to the Toronto International Film Festival Group and its parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, employees, officers, directors, representatives, partners, and agents (collectively, “TIFFG”), a perpetual, royalty-free, transferable, irrevocable right to reproduce and/or quote from the original content that is placed on your blog or that you submit to the Toronto International Film Festival’s website. In addition, you waive in favour of TIFFG, all moral rights you may have in or to your content. TIFFG reserves the right to alter, edit, and/or delete any submissions you make to Your Blogs.

Uh, no thanks. Instead, I’ll be posting my reviews here as always, and cross-posting them to TIFFReviews, a site which has been covering the festival since 2004.

The complete film list was released yesterday, so now comes the hard job of deciding what to see and when to see it. If I’m careful, I might just be able to avoid anyone famous.

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