Tomorrow begins the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival.

I’ve been in Toronto for the past two days – stop one on my North American homelessness tour – trying to ready myself. But I feel remarkably unprepared as I browse through the screening schedule. Last year I had spent the summer actually working for TIFF, and knew the schedule in and out (my job was the help write it). This year I just spent a summer far removed from Toronto and the film festival world and don’t really know where to start.

Either way, I’m very excited. TIFF is my favourite festival in the sense that its sort of like homecoming for me. I lived here for four years, and my warmest memories of the city come during festival time. Its an opportunity to face one of my biggest fears – the merger of many social worlds – but in an atmosphere thats conducive to making that easy. This will be my seventh festival, and third working for indieWIRE. Its also where I got my indieWIRE start. So lots of milestones.

It will be my first time doing TIFF and this blog, so I don’t really know how it’ll work. Its usually a very overwhelming ten days workwise, and my most sincere efforts will likely head to the main indieWIRE site… so this will basically be where I dump the rest. But that’s okay. “The rest” is usually the fun parts.

Also… for those of you in the city and somewhat unaware of it, check out the guide I compiled for the main site today.

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