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Inside #TIFF21 on Twitter

By Shay Thiyagarajah
Tuesday, 7 September 2021

The biggest names in film and entertainment will look north in the coming days with the return of the Toronto International Film Festival (@TIFF_NET). Now in its 46th year, Twitter is your front row seat to #TIFF21.

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For fans of #FilmTwitter across Canada and worldwide, the new TIFF emoji can play a leading role in any Tweet you send about the festival. Simply add the #TIFF21 hashtag to your Tweets and a custom TIFF emoji will unlock.

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Recent weeks have also seen plenty of Tweets about top #TIFF21 talent. Film fans everywhere are taking to Twitter to share TIFF news and talk about their favourite actors and directors. Here are the five #TIFF21 stars who had the most account mentions in Tweets about TIFF in July/August 2021. 

  1. Caitríona Balfe (@caitrionambalfe)
  2. Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain)
  3. Daniel Padilla (@imdanielpadilla)
  4. Fawzia Mirza (@thefawz
  5. Edgar Wright (@EdgarWright

Here is a snapshot of other features, virtual events and happenings in the coming days to upsize your Twitter experience during #TIFF21.

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Twitter on the Red Carpet

@TIFF_NET will feature real-time live Tweeting from the biggest #TIFF21 events, including red carpet premieres, in-person events and In Conversation With interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch, Steven Yeun, Kristen Stewart and other #TIFF21 VIPs. Check out this Twitter Moment to learn more about these conversations. 

Twitter Q&As with Top #TIFF21 Talent

A mainstay of #FilmTwitter during TIFF, Twitter Q&As with top #TIFF21 celebs will be filling your timelines in the coming days. Up-and-coming stars like Haley Lu Richardson and Owen Teague are amongst the famous folks who will be providing real-time As to your Qs on Twitter.

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TIFF Rewind, presented by Bell

@TIFF_NET will be live streaming and live Tweeting five TIFF Rewind,  presented by Bell events on Twitter. The marquee events will bring together the stars and collaborators of these five past TIFF favourites

  • Best in Show - Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara 
  • Eastern Promises - Viggo Mortensen
  • Precious - Lee Daniels and Gabourey Sidibe
  • Real Women Have Curves - Patricia Cardoso and America Ferrera
  • Training Day - Antoine Fuqua 

This builds on the success of Stay-at-Home Cinema, an interactive film experience that  launched on Twitter during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. TIFF’s Artistic Director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey (@cameron_tiff) offers this description. 

“Audiences may remember when TIFF partnered with Crave to introduce the organization’s first digital cinema experience, Stay-at-Home Cinema, back in March of 2020. Furthering the success of that watch-along format, and building a bridge between our physical venues and at-home experiences, TIFF Rewind brings nostalgia to film lovers and focuses on Festival moments I recall vividly.” 

Inside Top Press Conference & Industry Events

@TIFF_Industry will be another key follow during #TIFF21 as the festival’s industry account will be live streaming and live Tweeting press conference on the regular. 

@TIFF_Industry will also be hosting a series of Twitter roundtable discussions featuring members of TIFF’s Media Inclusion Initiative. Now in its fourth year, TIFF’s Media Inclusion Initiative was developed with the objective of creating a more balanced and representative press corps by assessing and assisting in breaking down the barriers for press from equity-seeking groups, including women, Black people, Indigenous people, people of colour, persons with a disability, and people from the 2SLGBTQ+ communities.

If that’s not enough, @TIFF_Industry will also take you inside the #TIFF21 Industry Conference, including live Tweeting from sessions with film insiders such as Dune cinematographer Greig Fraser, Memoria director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Afghan filmmaker Sahraa Karimi and former Searchlight Pictures executives Nancy Utley and Steve Gilula.   

Live Tweeting from the TIFF Tribute Awards

To close out #TIFF21 in style on Twitter, @TIFF_NET will be live Tweeting the third annual TIFF Tribute Awards, which honours the best in film and cinema from around the world. Among this year's honourees are Jessica Chastain, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dionne Warwick and Canada’s own Denis Villenueve.

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Keep tabs on @TIFF_NET, @TIFF_Industry and @TwitterMovies in the coming days for the latest moments and memories from the festival, follow our official #TIFF21 event page and don’t forget to Tweet #TIFF21 to join the conversation.

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Shay Thiyagarajah

‎@shay7t‎

Partnerships Manager, Twitter Canada