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The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off movie season

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off major movie season and brings the stars to town every September. It’s Chatelaine’s first year “doing the Festival” as the regulars say, and we’re inviting you to share the experiences, the celebrity-sightings and of course, the movies, right along with us. Check back daily between September 6th-15th and discover all that the Festival has to offer.
We take you behind the scenes for celeb-sightings, parties and more.

September 13th, 2007
Walking to a screening Friday night, I had to stop to join the crowd gawking in front of Toronto’s Holt Renfrew store on Bloor Street. Actress Sienna Miller and her designer sister Savannah were the guests of honour at the Canadian launch of their clothing line Twenty8Twelve. While all I could see was limos, strong lights and paparazzi, the excitement was sincere and the fans were screaming…

The next big blockbusters, the ones to wait for and the best book to movie adaptations.

September 14th, 2007
The Jane Austen Book Club
Directed by Robin Swicord
Release date: November TBA

First-time director Robin Swicord sets the tone for The Jane Austen Book Club straight from the opening credits. Shots of people in various states of frustration with technology – candy machines not accepting dollar bills, gas pumps gone haywire, that annoying stretch we make to grab a parking ticket in the garage – send the obvious message: What’s new isn’t always what’s best. And what better proof than the timeless works of Jane Austen?

Toronto’s not the only city to celebrate film.

Yukon
Dawson City International Short Film Festival

Date: March 21-23, 2008
Location: Dawson City

British Columbia
Vancouver International Film Festival

Date: September 27 – October 12, 2007
Location: Vancouver

Victoria Film Festival

Date: February 1-10, 2008
Location: Victoria

Okanagan Film Festival

Date: April 16-20, 2008
Location: Kelowna

Fresh from Hello! Get an inside look at the most glamorous stars to walk the red carpet.

Flare’s features director Elio Iannacci, a 10-year TIFF veteran, blogs about films and fashion.

Sweetspot.ca is the place to get the latest scoop on party gossip and insider interviews. Plus, check out candid photos from the Festival.

Macleans film critic Brian D. Johnson blogs daily.