A big part of the fun of your city hosting an international film festival is all the visiting celebrities. For me, TIFF is mostly about movies that have little chance of snagging a distributor thus little chance of being shown at another time. But who doesn't think spotting a celeb isn't fun?
I saw Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, director John Cameron Mitchell, playwright/screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire and Miles Teller at the Q & A for their film Rabbit Hole. It's a strong film with an excellent script based on a Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway play about a couple and their grief after their son died in an accident.
Here's a short video I shot:
I also spotted filmmaker Jason Reitman slip into a screening of the Russian film My Joy. It's a rather bleak film about life in rural Russia. The film was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Reitman ducked out before the ending of the two hour movie.
My favourite sighting was of film critic Roger Ebert. I've been following him on Twitter. And if you thought his television reviews were fabulous, you'll love his writing and his tweets. It was heartwarming to see him after losing his jaw to cancer. He was strolling with his nurse along Blue Jays Way in Toronto without fuss or fanfare.