An international film festival is more than just watching a new flick, it's the excitement that leads up to the event outside of the theater that makes it a true event. While the time to make a festival like TIFF is months in the making, each night is a new adventure.
The fans, both armed with pens for autographs and cameras to capture their favorite stars, began the excitement. Lining up for hours before the stars are expected to arrive they bring a special touch that Hollywood can't, humanity. There is no dress code, some arrive in old jeans and others are dressed to the nines. They all intermingle during the hours that they stand in front of barracks, forming friendly camaraderie with each other.
The security guards are there for much of the time, scanning the crowd to prevent any problems. These men and women aren't fans, they have an assignment that is serious business. As serious as that business is most of the security on hand talk and joke with the fans.
Inside the tented Red Carpet area are the professional photographers and journalists. They arrive an hour or two before the stars that they are planning on talking to. Some of the reporters are stars in their own right, like E Talk's Ben Mulroney.
As the time approaches for stars to arrive bright lights blaze for the photographers and videographers that will be recording what is happening just outside the Red Carpet area.
Finally the stars arrive, one by one, driven in big SUVs. As they emerge from their vehicles the cameras begin to flash blinding all around. As the stars pose making their publicists happy the fans are screaming out their names.
In the end the stars walk down the Red Carpet, talking the talk with reporters set up to capture their every move. The fans can only watch the action from afar before heading off into the night smiling at meeting a star.