TIFF20: LESS ACTION FOR AUTOGRAPH HOUNDS, SELFIE-SEEKERS AT THIS YEAR’S SCALED DOWN FESTIVAL

The majority of actors will be represented digitally or through prerecorded appearances.

TIFF veteran selfie-seeker Will Wong is seen here with actress Reese Witherspoon in a photo snapped during a past festival. PHOTO BY WILL WONG /Supplied

So much for star hunting at TIFF this year.

With a vastly reduced slate of films being screened at three TIFF Bell Lightbox cinemas, the Isabel Bader Theatre and three drive-in movie theatres, no major stars in physical attendance, no red carpets or camera calls, no Festival Street along King and no big gatherings due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, it will be an autograph and selfie seeker’s desert this year.

“It’ll be nice to maybe have a break from (the pace) this year — that’s the one plus side of it — it’s exhausting,” said Toronto veteran selfie-taker and entertainment blogger Will Wong, who usually averages about 100 selfies during TIFF’s ten-day run.

“It is pretty chaotic those first four-five days of the festival.”

The majority of actors will be represented digitally or through prerecorded appearances.

Film-wise, Wong is most excited this year about The Trial of the Chicago Seven from West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, Michelle Pfeiffer’s French Exit with Lucas Hedges, and Kate Winslet, who is starring in Ammonite opposite Sairose Ronan, and getting the TIFF Gala Award at a virtual event.

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