TIFF 2012, Go Big Or Go Home

Well, it’s ‘bout that time again, chaps: TIFF 2012 is almost upon us, and I don’t know about you but I am EXCITED. More so than ever before because this year is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever! I mean, the festival looks to be amazing and all, but personally I am planning to go all-out with coverage, already making this my favourite year ever. Every year I’ve gone has been better than the one before, and 2012 promises big things.

I’m going to be blogging/tweeting/four squaring etc the entire time. I’m seeing at least one film for every day of the festival, attending a few galas, media events, and of course the Special Presentations, so I’ll have plenty to update. Of course I don’t have the tickets just yet – I’ve got my 10 Pack and am just waiting for the weekend when the chaos happens and it’s time to grab up the must-see screenings.

So far I’m most excited to see The Hunt, Much Ado About Nothing, and Everybody Has A Plan (Viggo plays his own twin!). I want to see Argo for obvious reasons, but I’m sure that it will be a big draw, and if it can’t happen I know I’ll get to see it after the major release. Same with Cloud Atlas – I have confidence that a picture as big as that will get a wide release and will be waiting for me a few months down the road.

What I’m really looking for is the money-maker, the “I saw it first” film. In 2010 there were two: Black Swan and The King’s Speech. Last year I’d argue it was We Need To Talk About Kevin. A small feature that got limited release, but absolutely electrified everyone who watched it. But sadly by the time it got the media buzz it deserved it had already been snubbed by the Oscars. Hopefully the sleeper hit of the festival will get the bump of recognition it needs. I can’t wait to find out which it might be.

TIFF is making a big move this year, choosing a Sci Fi movie, Looper, as the opening feature. Joseph Gordon Levitt turns everything he touches into gold, so I’m sure that it will be a hit. I hope that viewers appreciate the bold move, rather than a more serious drama. The gala vibe is super hyped up as it is, so if this works out well we may see more moves like this in future. Perhaps once day the festival will open with a horror comedy? Only time will tell.

I’ll update again as soon as my schedule is locked down, and I know which media events I’m attending. Take a look at Chantellejoy’s site too while you’re at it – she’s been doing large-scale independent coverage for a while and always delivers the goods.