TIFF and NYFF: How to watch festival movies online at home


Dozens of films are running throughout September in the US and Canada, but you have to watch carefully thanks to a complex set of restrictions.

The epidemic may have forced the festivals to scale back their in-person offerings, with indoor theater screenings largely due to the many who are at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival and New York Film Come for the festival. But Axis has some pluses in virtual programming: This year, you need all Internet connections and computers to be screened at two festivals this month.

However, there are some major caveats to consider. The general public can purchase tickets to stream TIFF selections from September 10–19, but only in Canada. (People from outside of Canada can still purchase tickets for the live Q & As and other events.) Similarly, NYFF’s online program is only available in the US and US on September 17 – October 11 and attendees at each event are on rent. Are at the mercy of a variety of. Windows and price points.

Fortunately, the overlap at the two festivals means that American viewers can watch 11 TIFF selections that are also screening online at NYFF, including the acclaimed documentary “Truffle Hunters” and Chloe Zhao, “David Byron American Utopia,” directed by Spike Lee Includes Frances MacDormand. “Nomad”

For those who live near New York or Toronto, each festival offers limited in-person screenings, including drive-ins.

Here is a detailed description of everything you need to know about the online programming of each festival. And if you’re looking for recommendations on what to watch, check out IndieWire’s list of 20 Festival Festival films.

TIFF

The biggest festival in North America is quite small this year. Fifty films will be available on the festival’s Bell Digital Cinema platform, starting on September 10, down from 250 last year. Click on that link to create an account and buy separate tickets for each film. The cost is $ 19 or $ 26 depending on the title. Ticket sales for the digital screening will begin on September 10.

Digital screening is not live, but rather akin to renting a movie on iTunes. However, each film is only available for rent within a 24-hour window. Films are available for rental on various days at 6 pm during the nine days of the festival. For example, you can rent Francis Lee’s Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan’s love story “Ammoni” any time between 6pm and 12 September 6pm the next day. Once you click Play, you have 12 hours to watch the movie.

Given the restrictions, it would certainly be helpful to plan your viewing. A full schedule with rental windows is available here. Whether you sort the schedule by date or navigate by title, look for the times listed under “Online at Bell Digital Cinema” to determine when the rental window for a given movie starts.

Movies are available to stream on Mac and PC via the Digital Cinema website or iOS and Android apps. TIFF has instructions here on how you can watch on your TV using a computer and HDMI cord, Chromecast, Apple TV or Smart TV. (Sorry, Firestick and Roku users, you’re out of luck!)

Nyff

For its 58th edition, NYFF has streamlined its selection into four sections in addition to its main slate. Tickets are available for individual online screenings, priced from $ 12 to $ 25, or as a curate rebate package, which starts at $ 75 to 11 films. Tickets go on sale to the general public on 11 September.

Screening online is done through the film at Lincoln Center Virtual Cinema. Click on the link to create an account and then browse the lineup here for details on how to purchase tickets.

Digital screenings are not live, but rather akin to renting a movie on iTunes. However, each film is only available for rent within specific windows. Some films have a rental window that lasts for several days, others are as short as four hours. For example, you can hire Indian director Chaitanya Tamhane’s “The Discipline” at any time from 8 pm on 29 September to 8 pm on 4 October. Once you play, you have 24 hours to watch the film.

A full schedule with rental windows is available here. Rental information is listed at the top of each film’s page.

Movies are available to stream on Mac and PC and iOS and Android devices through the Virtual Cinema website. Here are the NYFF instructions on how you can watch on your TV using a computer and HDMI cord, Chromecast or Apple TV. (No go for Firestick and Roku users.)

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