Andrew Robinson recounts some tips when going to a major film festival like the Toronto International Film Festival
This was my first time going to TIFF, going to Canada, covering and even attending a film festival. It’s a lot of firsts for me to handle – I hope I did okay.I watched a grand total of 35 films. I posted reviews for 22 films and did 1 interview. I took in 4 movies and 3 cups of coffee a day. I walked out of 2 films, fell asleep in 3 and couldn’t complete 2 due to projection issues. I saw my first film ever projected in 70mm (The Master, of course) and overall had a blast. I’m still trying to figure out how to go back to “normal” everyday life after that, but so it goes.So here are some things I learned from my very first film festival:
1. Wear Proper Shoes
I’m pretty sure for people who frequent real cities, this is already understood, but for a person who stupidly woke up an hour late for his airport taxi and forgot to pack his jogging shoes, I found out the hard way how important they are at a festival. After day one, my feet were blistered and calves burning. By day six I found it hard to run (which was necessary to catch a few screenings). I pushed through and after two days of post-fest rest, I’m totally fine but damn me for thinking I could do that level of walking as easily as flipping a switch.
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