Five Reasons to Go to a Fall Film Festival

From celebrity sightings to sweet after-parties, here’s why you should attend a film festival
 

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Fall is film fest season in North America and Europe. Whether you want to check out an Oscar-worthy flick or catch a glimpse of your favourite movie star, here are five reasons to head to a festival near you.

To spot a celebrity

Stake out a spot next to one of the red carpets at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 8 to 18) to catch a glimpse of stars like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Amy Adams, Lupita Nyong’o and Ryan Gosling.

Head to Leicester Square to spot big-name celebrities like Brie Larson, Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo, and tons more at the BFI London Film Festival, running Oct. 5 to 16.

To see your city on the big screen

At the Vancouver International Film Festival (Sept. 29 to Oct. 14), check out B.C.-produced films like the Vancouver-shot hockey drama Hello Destroyer, or opt for Cadence, a psychological thriller shot on a Langley farm.

The Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax celebrates East Coast and international films from Sept. 15 to 22, including The Healer, a romantic comedy (starring Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Camilla Luddington and Jonathan Pryce) that shows off Lunenburg’s colourful houses and Halifax’s downtown.

To attend a sweet party

From Sept. 10 to 13, TIFF’s Festival Street takes over King Street West with outdoor movie screenings, food trucks and musical performances by acts such as Pharrell Williams, who will play music from the TIFF-featured Hidden Figures.

Scoop up VIP tickets to VIFF’s Closing Gala Party on Oct. 14 to attend the closing night screening and after-party with filmmakers.

To see Oscar contenders before they hit the theatres

The New York Film Festival (Sept. 30 to Oct. 16) will feature Manchester by the Sea, a story about a Boston man (played by Casey Affleck) dealing with tragedy, which is predicted to pick up nominations for Best Picture and Best Actor.

Be the first to see buzz-worthy films like A United Kingdom—based on the true story of an interracial relationship in 1940s Botswana—and Lion, starring Dev Patel and Rooney Mara, at the BFI London Film Festival.

To discover cool docs

Miami Film Festival GEMS runs from Oct. 13 to 16 and will screen documentaries on The Rolling Stones and Iggy Pop and The Stooges at the city’s historic Tower Theater.

Watch tons of docs, including court dramas, social commentaries and a mother-daughter profile of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at the Chicago International Film Festival, running from Oct. 13 to 27.

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