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TIFF illustrated: The Globe sketches the film fest's star power Add to ...

From the sketchbook of The Globe's Tonia Cowan comes an inked perspective of what it's like to be at the Toronto International Film Festival

Frederick Wiseman

Documentary maker Frederick Wiseman sits for an interview with The Globe's Liam Lacey about 'At Berkeley', a four-hour documentary that gives an inside look at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sunshine on Leith cast

Dexter Fletcher snaps a photo of his cast, Kevin Guthrie, Antonia Thomas and George MacKay on the red carpet for 'Sunshine on Leith' at the Ryerson Theatre.

Red carpet wait

A TV journalist waits for the stars to arrive at Roy Thompson Hall for the premiere of 'Kill Your Darlings,' a biographical drama starring Daniel Radcliffe and Michael C. Hall.

Camera and reporter

The cast arrives on the red carpet. The reporter and cameraman interview actor Michael C. Hall.

August: Osage County press conference

An A-list cast, including Dermot Mulroney, Juliette Lewis and Ewan McGregor, promote their new film. Look, Julia's there too!

Gravity press conference

Sandra Bullock discusses the new film she co-stars in alongside George Clooney, though she does not look as enthused about it as our 3.5-star review lets on.

The press conference

The backbone of TIFF for journalists and critics, the press conference is the chance for cast and crew to reveal a little more about their film that just screened – albeit with phones, cameras (and illustrators) trained on you at all times.

Press await photo call

or some, TIFF means a lot of standing and a lot of waiting. Smartphones may or may not have revolutionized the bearability of film-fest red carpets and photo calls.

The Cronenberg Project press conference

It was announced during TIFF that the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto will host a Cronenberg exhibition this fall. To which Cronenberg said: “I don’t think I’ve quite grasped the enormity of what these maniacs have done.”

The 16 rules of engagement

Our veteran team of TIFF warriors has spent hundreds of hours in the trenches. They share a few things they've learned over the years.

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