Celebrating The 40th Anniversary Of TIFF
As we soak up the last of the summer sun and the kids head back to school, the city of Toronto is revving up for the biggest party of the year.
That’s right, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just around the corner!
Whether you’re a movie buff, a celebrity fanatic or just like to be where the action is, the TIFF is the season’s most anticipated event.
This year TIFF is celebrating its 40th anniversary. To celebrate we caught up with our very own local celebrity — ET Canada Host, Cheryl Hickey. For over a decade Cheryl has covered the red carpet at TIFF, capturing candid moments with Hollywood’s hottest stars. As always, there is much anticipation about who will be gracing our fair city.
“It’s a big draw anytime you get the George Clooneys, the Brad Pitts, the Matt Damons, the Jennifer Lawrences, and the Julia Roberts of the world. It’s always a very big deal! And anytime Robert Downey Jr. is in town it’s a good time too,” says Hickey.
Though she is no stranger to star-studded events, this television icon says TIFF is special. “What makes TIFF different and unique in comparison to other events is the sheer volume of celebrities that hit Toronto at the same time.
You know, they all come here to present their movie or support a friend’s movie, but they also come here to play in the city and interact with their fans…there are a few things that separate this event from other red carpets, but the inclusion of the fans is the biggest part.”
This is an aspect of TIFF that many people find refreshing. The vibe around the festival is very relaxed. This gives fans the opportunity to experience real unscripted moments. As you can imagine Cheryl has had her fair share of candid moments both on the red carpet and off.
From bonding with Julianne Moore over her baby bump and Jack Black’s impromptu red carpet serenade, to Jamie Foxx’s boisterous TIFF party — Cheryl certainly has some unforgettable celebrity encounters.
For those looking to make their own TIFF memories, there are plenty of opportunities to get star-struck this year. From special presentations and premier gala events, to screenings of international films and up-close-andpersonal interviews with Hollywood legends, the magic of the silver screen really comes to life at this world-class festival.
To maximize your TIFF experience, tune into ET Canada. During TIFF Cheryl and the other hosts will be serving up nightly interviews with A-list stars, offering behind the scenes glimpses at the most exclusive TIFF parties and much, much more. “Things are in the works, but at this point it is top secret.
However I do promise that we will have lots of exclusive opportunities with ET Canada,” assures Hickey.
Watch ET Canada’s coverage of TIFF 2015 weeknights at 7:30pm on Global and on etcanada.com.
TIFF 2015 takes place September 10–20. Visit tiff.netfor more info.