Toronto International Film Festival 2011

This year TIFF seemed to fly by quicker than ever. Along with trying to watch as many films as possible (although I only saw around 10) and attending industry panels & events, I was also involved with First Weekend Club's annual TIFF initiative.

We hosted our second annual Canadian Film Lounge (a celebrity gift lounge dedicated exclusively to Canadian Cinema) at the Royal York Hotel. I took on the job of putting together a reel of all the Canadian feature films at TIFF which was a great way to get acquainted with the best films that Canada has to offer.

Check out all the action on our Live TIFF Blog right here : http://www.firstweekendclub.ca/tiff-2011-live

First Weekend Club Team at Reel Canadian Film Lounge 2011

I had the chance to attend several great parties including the annual CFC BBQ, the OMDC party & our very own First Weekend Club party at the Drake Hotel. Although shmoozing is always fun & can be productive, I really wanted to take advantage of my pass and see some films. It's so easy to get swept up in all the other excitement going on at the festival. Luckily I managed to see some great films. My favourites included the new Duplass Brothers film "Jeff Who Still Lives at Home", the Canadian comedy "Doppelganger Paul" and Agnieszka Holland's intense drama "In Darkness".

Hanging out next to the William F. Whites truck after the CFThe festival always leaves me feeling inspired and anxious to make my first feature. After the festival I quickly dove right back in to working on my own script. That rush of desire to produce something is probably the best thing that I walked away with after the festival.

Although the next week of catching up on sleep was pretty good too.