TIFF 2012: Behind the scenes, TIFF is all about networking
TIFF isn't just about the red carpets and the stars, even though that is what ends up on the front page.
There's more action happening behind the scenes, including at the Filmmakers Lounge at the Hyatt. That's where filmmakers and actors from around the world gather.
For 10 days, the industry folk are networking, learning from each other and creating contacts.
"TIFF is pretty much a home for me, to educate myself and to meet new people," says Kobi Ntiri, an emerging director hoping to get one of his short films on the festival's line up in the future.
Steven Dunn, also a young director, says TIFF is an extremely important event for him.
"That's your chance to meet distributors, sales agents, and other filmmakers that you wouldn't get a chance to meet the rest of the year."
Actors also spend a lot of time meeting filmmakers in the lounge, including Charlie Carrick, one of TIFF's Rising Stars this year.
"To have a chance to sit down with these people and hear what it is that they're looking for, and things that they're working on... is quite a rare opportunity," Carrick says.