Toronto film festival plans return to in-person, digital hybrid model for 2021
Signage appears as guests attend day one of the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Toronto. With COVID-19 rattling the entire circuit, resulting in a trimmed Toronto International Film Festival slate that's mostly online, the industry is looking for new ways to gain momentum for projects that in many cases have been finished remotely during the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Chris Pizzello, Invision
TORONTO -- Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival say they're sticking with a hybrid model as they plan for September.
In an email outlining this year's press accreditation process, organizers say they hope to offer both digital and in-person screenings at the fest.
TIFF experimented with that format last year when health authorities restricted gathering sizes to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.
TIFF offered a dramatically scaled-down film slate, public screenings at a reduced capacity and drive-in shows for a select number of titles.
Some TIFF films were available for public ticketholders to stream at home.
Media representatives for the festival declined to offer further details on their plan for 2021. TIFF runs Sept. 9 to 18.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 6, 2021.