|TIFF 2011 Tickets|
OMG. Can I tell you about the Disaster known as ordering Single Tickets for TIFF 2011? As has been the case in past years, I've queued around 4:00 AM and have had no problem securing tickets by the time they are released at 7:00 AM. This year however, was... different.
Plagued by Dramas of the technical kind - not the Cinematic kind - Moviegoers ordering tickets online and in-person were subject to unreasonably long wait times. In fact after being told multiple times that Computer Systems were down and then Printers being "offline", finally at 12:30 PM (seven-plus hours later), I got my Tickets but not after getting shut out of six Movies I wanted to see. I had to cancel a Meeting I had scheduled, thinking I would be out by 9:00 AM at latest.
Among those Galas to sell-out almost instantaneously were U2's From the Sky Down, Madonna's W.E., George Clooney's Ides of March, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive and David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Luckily with the help of my Friends, who actually are TIFF Members, I was able to get a ticket to the hotly-tipped Drive Premiere. For those who don't know, TIFF Members who pay a significant donation, in turn get preferred Ticket Ordering. That means that some who lined-up overnight for Single Tickets didn't even have a fighting chance at seeing the Movies they wanted as others beat them to it even before the race began.
I also haven't even gone into the Cash Grab on TIFF's part, increasing their number of Premium Screenings, meaning they are now charging $43.25 to see a Movie at venues like Ryerson Theatre (yes, an Auditorium) which in previous years was considered a standard venue. And I'd like to know what logic went into scheduling only two Screenings of clearly in-demand titles like A Dangerous Method, Drive and The Ides of March? Drive, especially should be playing a much-larger venue for one instead of Ryerson Theatre based on the amount of buzz it's receiving.
My poor Friend Angela, made arrangements to drive an hour into the City from Brampton, having her Baby taken care of and also queuing at 4:00 AM. Angela was shut-out of every single Movie she wanted to see when it came her turn to reach the Order Desk at 12:30 PM. My heart goes out to her and as she said in her own words, "Never again. This left such a bad taste in my mouth.".
And did I mention how frustrating it is seeing Scalpers get tickets over legitimate TIFF-goers? . "Anyone buying Tickets?", I was asked as I arrived at Metro Hall in the wee hours of the morning. Scalpers - 1, Donating TIFF Members - 1, General Movie-going Public - 0.
Among the Films I'll be seeing this year include: Drive, Hick, Friends with Kids, Like Crazy, Butter, The Awakening, Take Shelter, Jeff, Who Lives at Home and Hysteria. Still trying for: Ides of March, A Dangerous Method, The Lady, Albert Nobbs, Shame and The Oranges.
Don't expect many updates here til Thursday as I take a bit of a breather because trust me, things will be getting a little crazy around here come Friday. Reviews, Celeb Photos and awesome Giveaways including a Cast-signed copy of the Novel Drive (Movie tie-in) are just around the corner! Are you ready, Mavenati?