Is TIFF Too Big And Unwieldy?

The Toronto International Film Festival is a massive event and a vitally important industry showcase, there’s no doubt about that. But Ron Weiskind was stunned by how disorganized the whole event has become, and wonders if it reflects a downturn in TIFF’s fortunes. “Last year, I did interviews for nine movies, most of them major releases. This year, none of the top studios (except MGM, which may be sold soon) is offering press roundtables.” Admittedly, one could argue that making life easy for the press is not the mission of a festival, but in an industry that lives and dies by its media coverage, it’s a bad sign when reporters can’t navigate the proceedings.