How to Watch Movies With NYFF and TIFF This Year

After six months of virtual work, school, happy hours, graduations, weddings, funerals and “vacations,” many of us are eager to experience even the most mundane aspects of our life before COVID. Spending three hours in an airport terminal with slick Wi-Fi and overpriced raw sandwiches due to flight delays? Of course, why not! Making friends in line to use toilet paper from a gross bar that’s always filled with water and never had toilet paper in it? Yes please!

But as wonderful as regular interactions with people outside of our capsules are, we won’t have all the time (and money) in the world to get out and catch up. And as much as we want to admit it right now, there are situations when this whole “virtual” thing works in our favor.

Take, for example, two upcoming major film festivals. Were you really going to snatch your passport and travel to Toronto, or try to find a tiny but expensive hotel room in Manhattan? Probably no. But (depending on where you live), you can virtually attend the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and New York Film Festival (NYFF) from the comfort of your couch. Here’s how.

Small caveat

Before we get into how to stream films – sorry films – from each festival, we have to mention a few limitations. The biggest of these is that TIFF movies will only be available for streaming in Canada, while NYFF selections will only be available in the United States, IndieWire reports . But all is not lost: 11 films will appear at both festivals, including David Byrne’s American Utopia and the upcoming documentary Truffle Hunters. In addition, some TIFF Q&A and other events will offer tickets to viewers outside of Canada, so check both schedules.

How to stream movies from TIFF

This year’s TIFF runs from September 10-19 and includes 50 films. Those looking to book tickets should visit the TIFF website , create an account and make their choice. Ticket prices range from $ 19 to $ 26, depending on the name. There is also a section that lists free TIFF events .

Booking a “ticket” for one of the movies basically works the same way as renting a movie from iTunes or Amazon Video, except you only get 12 hours of viewing. In addition, each movie can only be rented during the specified 24-hour window, starting at 6:00 pm EST. The key here, as with any film festival, is to check the schedule and make a plan ahead of time so you don’t miss out on a movie you’ve been waiting months (or years) to watch.

TIFF movies are available for streaming on both Mac and PC, and their equivalents in applications. If you want to watch movies on the “big screen” (that is, on your TV, not on your phone), here are instructions on how to do it.

How to stream movies with NYFF

NYFF streaming offers are available from September 17 to October 11. Virtual visitors can purchase tickets for customized online viewing ($ 12 to $ 25) or as carefully curated packages that start at $ 75 for 11 films. To do this, create an account on the Lincoln Center Film Virtual Theater website, then check the schedule to see what is on and when.

NYFF “tickets” work in the same way as TIFF, which means that films can only be rented during certain periods of time . But in this case, you can store some films for several days, while others only four hours. NYFF movies are also available to stream to Mac and PC, and in their apps. In addition, NYFF has developed instructions on how to watch movies on TV.


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