TORONTO, Sept. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - The current buzz surrounding the 38th Toronto International Film Festival stems from TIFF Bell Lightbox, located in the heart of the Toronto Entertainment District. The Entertainment District once again provides the neighbourhood backdrop to this year's Festival, an 11-day festival that began Thursday, September 5 and runs through to September 15, 2013.
Since the Festival began screening films at Roy Thomson Hall to the arrival of TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2010 the Toronto Entertainment District's Business Improvement Area (TOED BIA) has been pleased to welcome filmgoers, showcase venues and unite extravagant events within its vibrant neighbourhood. The Festival this year includes a lineup of over 70 unique Gala and Special Presentation films. As gala screening venues, the Entertainment District's Princess of Wales and Roy Thomson Hall theatres are home to many great red carpet moments. The Hyatt Regency Hotel, as well as the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio and TIFF Bell Lightbox itself, serve as industry hubs during the Festival, hosting over 4,000 film industry professionals and 1,000 accredited media.
This year's Festival welcomes many A-list celebrity guests, which include Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and Canadian actor and comedian Mike Myers. During the Festival, while district members deliver the diverse tastes of all festival goers, a wide variety of district bars and restaurants also stand out for their tailored offerings, special amenities and valet services in anticipation of celebrity guests.
For Janice Solomon, Executive Director of TOED BIA "The Entertainment District is proud to welcome visitors to the area in celebration of the Toronto International Film Festival. There is so much excitement in the air, livening up the district and its surrounding communities. The Festival is a celebration of film, and I encourage everyone to come and join in this year's excitement."
About the Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area:
Established in 2008, TOED's mandate is to promote, improve and preserve a dynamic area of Toronto. Benefitting from economic, environmental and social factors driving downtown growth, the Entertainment District is in the midst of a renaissance, firmly establishing itself as a thriving and vibrant district for living, creating, working and entertainment. From the Air Canada Centre to the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the Entertainment District includes many of Toronto's most iconic buildings. In the heart of the District is the CN Tower, Steam Whistle Brewing, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (Sept. 2013), MetroToronto Convention Centre, Rogers Centre, Roy Thomson Hall, Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre and TIFF Bell Lightbox.
SOURCE: Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Area
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