What We Know About the Hollywood Stars Expected to Be in Toronto

What We Know About the Hollywood Stars Expected to Be in Toronto
What We Know About the Hollywood Stars Expected to Be in Toronto

For years, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has struggled with event logistics due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, however, the festival faces a new hurdle: the ongoing SAG-AFTRA and WGA strike.

TIFF, one of the largest, most impressive and star-studded events in the country, takes place from September 7 to 17 and will screen more than 200 films.

Throughout TIFF’s history, Canadians have watched their local festival grow in popularity and notoriety. In recent years in particular, celebrities and film fans have lined the streets of Toronto, waiting to catch a glimpse of their favourite stars, both on the red carpet and in the theatres for the popular Q&As that take place after some screenings.

But this year things are expected to look a little different.

TORONTO, ONTARIO – AUGUST 17: (L-R) Amrit Kaur and Fawzia Mirza attend the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival press event at TIFF Bell Lightbox on August 17, 2023 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Jeremy Chan/Getty Images)

What impact will the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes have on TIFF?

First of all, the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes will not affect the size of the projects participating in TIFF, but they will lead to a different approach to red carpets in particular.

Hollywood directors will also be allowed to attend, following an agreement reached earlier this year by the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Canadian and international stars who do not fall under the U.S. unions will also be allowed to attend.

Actors working on films by producers who are not part of the AMPTP can get permission from the union to promote these projects through interim agreements. But of course, stars can decide for themselves not to show up during the strike.

Stars who will be present at TIFF

Just this week, TIFF confirmed that filmmaker Ava Duvernay will be attending the Gala screening of her film Origin on September 11. Sylvester Stallone will also be at the festival, with the documentary Sly which will have its world premiere at TIFF and the Rocky star will also participate in an “In Conversation With…” event on September 15.

According to Deadline, Sean Penn and Dakota Johnson, who are the producers of the film Papadiowill be present at TIFF, alongside Finn Wolfhard who co-directed the film What a hell of a summer. The outlet also reported that Viggo Mortensen, director and producer of the film The dead don’t hurt, will be at the festival, along with Maya Hawke and Laura Linney for the film Wild cat.

Expected stars but not confirmed by Deadline to attend TIFF, including Nicolas Cage for Dream scenario and Jessica Chastain for Memory.

Dumb Money (courtesy of TIFF)

TIFF tickets see skyrocketing resale prices

While much of the world is in an uproar over the resale prices of Taylor Swift concert tickets, tickets for certain screenings during the festival in Toronto can also be expensive.

Movie fans can buy tickets to the screening through Ticketmaster, but just like a concert, people can pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars for a movie ticket on the resale market.

For example, there is currently a resale on the site StubHub, where one ticket for the premiere of Craig Gillespie’s film is being sold Dumb money is listed for $1000, while Ticketmaster Verified Resale tickets for the same show are even listed for $400.

Of course, we’ll have to wait and see whether people will actually pay these prices to see the films.