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Toronto Film Festival to require proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests

All festival staff, audience members and visitors entering Toronto International Film Festival venues during the festival this year will be required to show proof that they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 ...
August 23, 2021

All festival staff, audience members and visitors entering Toronto International Film Festival venues during the festival this year will be required to show proof that they’re fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or that they’ve tested negative within the 48 hours prior to entering a festival venue, TIFF organizers announced on Monday (Aug. 23).

During the festival, which runs from September 9 to 18, masks will be required at all TIFF venues, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Roy Thomson Hall, the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Scotiabank Theatre Toronto, the Cinesphere Imax Theatre and the West Island Open Air Cinema at Ontario Place. Audience members and visitors will not be permitted entry into venues without a mask.

Visitors from outside of Canada are already required to show evidence of being fully vaccinated to enter the country. Festival organizers also confirmed that there will be no printed tickets or passes, with entry to all TIFF venues requiring a mobile ticket. There will also be no rush ticketing or lineups, and no concessions will be sold at indoor TIFF venues.

Toronto Film Festival organizers said they’re working closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto and public health officials on the safe execution of the event, with the top priority being the health and well-being of audiences, talent, press and industry, and community residents.

TIFF isn’t hosting any major parties, receptions or dinners at the 2021 event, the hosting of festival-adjacent events and gatherings are allowed provided they abide by government-mandated public health and social distancing measures.

Talent who will be in the country for more than 48 hours will be identified and tested for COVID-19 via TIFF’s healthcare partner, Medcan, within 72 hours of their arrival, and every 48 hours afterwards until their departure. They’ll also be required to wear masks at all times at TIFF venues and in TIFF-provided vehicles, with the only exceptions being on red carpets or on stage. TIFF executives will also be scheduled for testing every 48 hours, as will staff with whom talent will have close interactions.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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