Top 5 Unique TIFF Moments

It’s that time of year again- the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is back in town for another exciting season! With this year’s festival running from Sept. 5 to Sept. 15, we decided to take a look at some of the top moments over the past several years. Here’s our guide to some unforgettable TIFF memories- whether they happen to be heartwarming or controversial.

1) Colin Farrell takes homeless man shopping: In 2007, the Irish actor was in town for his film Cassandra’s Dream when he very generously took a homeless man (nicknamed “Stress”) on a shopping spree downtown. Thanks to the star, the man received new clothes, a sleeping bag, boots, and $830 to pay for next month’s rent!

2) Matthew McConaughey to the rescue: In 2001, McConaughey was attending a screening of Jill Sprecher’s Thirteen Conversations About One Thing when an eager fan suddenly collapsed from the heat. Thankfully, the star was able to revive her before parademics showed up at the scene, and may have saved her life

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3) Stars light up: When Sean Penn defiantly lit up a cigarette indoors during TIFF 2006, critics were “ablaze”. At least the actor was old enough- unlike young Chloe Moretz, who sent tongues wagging when she was spotted smoking at a 2011 after party!

4) Celebs protest against Tel Aviv-based films: In 2009, the festival’s City to City initiative decided to turn its focus to Tel Aviv, Israel. Unfortunately, this idea wasn’t well received by the stars- with famous faces like actress Jane Fonda and musician David Byrne creating a controversy by opposing the idea.

5) Animal cruelty controversy: Zev Asher’s extremely controversial 2004 film Casuistry: The Art of Killing a Cat detailed a shocking case of animal cruelty in Toronto’s Kensington Market, all in the name of art. Animal rights activists and moviegoers took a stand against the documentary, which described the torture and killing of a local cat by an art student and his friends.

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