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10. Running from screening to screening through the busy streets of Toronto and fangirls on the prowl for Ryan Gosling

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9. Squeezing in a Jays game between screenings

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8. Premieres, Premieres, Premieres! (Like Sami Blood from Director Amanda Kernell and George Nolfi’s Birth of the Dragon)

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7. Enjoying Bill Nighy’s live wit before the World Premiere of Lone Scherfig’s Their Finest 

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6. Meeting up with She Has A Name family and checking out TO

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5. The electricity, laughter and abject terror in the room during the Midnight Madness Premiere screening of Morgan Spurlock’s Rats

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4. Talk back panels after every show

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3. The meet-ups and conversations in the Rush line with other filmmakers and film lovers

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2. Being among the first in North America to witness the incredible dream scene in Katell Quillévéré’s Heal the Living (worth the price of admission)

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1. Bro time with two of the most talented and generous filmmakers I know

 

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