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Toronto Film Festival imposes vaccine mandate

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious annual events in the world of cinema. The latest edition of TIFF will start next month, beginning from September 9 and will continue through to September 18. Due to the pandemic, the features will be available in a hybrid manner and can be accessed digitally in addition to physical screenings.

On Monday, the organisers announced on Twitter that audiences will have to comply with latest Covid-19 protocols in order to be able to attend physical screenings. People who are planning to attend the world’s biggest public film festival will have to show proof about either their vaccination status or a Covid report.

“Festival staff, audience members and visitors entering #TIFF21 venues from September 9–18 will be required to show either proof they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or proof that they have tested negative for Covid-19 within 48 hours prior to entering any TIFF venue,” the organisation wrote on Twitter.

This year’s edition already promises to be a fascinating event, with new features from some of the most exciting filmmakers in the world right now. Céline Sciamma’s new film Petite Maman will be available for fans to watch as well as Edgar Wright’s brand new feature Last Night in Soho, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomasin McKenzie.

TIFF has taken great care and consideration in implementing these TIFF specific protocols to mitigate risk to audiences and guests attending TIFF,” TIFF co-heads Joana Vicente and Cameron Bailey said. “We have relied on municipal and provincial medical direction and advice on rapid testing and we expect this will provide another level of clarity and comfort for all 2021 festival-goers.”