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Outdoor film festivals to check out around Toronto this summer

Keep your ears perked on a summer evening walk across many parts of Toronto, and chances are you’ll hear snatches of familiar dialogue. Follow those sounds, and you’ll likely find an outdoor film screening, usually free to all. From projector size screenings on church and art gallery grounds, to neighborhood impromptu gatherings, Torontonians love their outdoor film. Here’s a selection of city summer screenings, of films new and old, in the open air.

In a Square

The easiest of outdoor film series to stumble across, many of our public squares feature free film programming in the summer. The Cultura festival in Mel Lastman Square features films following live music, every Friday in July. City Cinema in Yonge-and Dundas Square is every Tuesday from June 16 to September 1, focusing this year on musicians who’ve starred in films. And our city’s premiere film institution, The Toronto International Film Festival, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with forty free films on Wednesdays from July 8 onwards, in David Pecaut Square.

In a Park

Many of Toronto’s public parks are booked for summer film screenings by community groups and non-profits. The most popular of these is arguably the Christie Pits Film Festival, Sunday nights from July 5 to August 16. Their theme this year is classic movie villains, opening with one of cinema’s first monsters, F.W. Murneau’s Nosferatu.

The Regent Park Film Festival is running their Under the Stars program outside Daniel’s Spectrum, Wednesdays from July 15 to August 19, and showing a range of downtown-set films like Do the Right Thing (the Bronx) and Big Hero 6 (a futuristic San Francisco). And Riverside Park East hosts Movies in the Park, a by-donation charity fundraiser series also running Sunday nights from July 11 until Sunday August 22 (they’re still crowdsourcing movie suggestions as well as donations via their online campaign).

TIFF wants to hang in parks, too; in addition to their main outdoor programming in David Pecaut Square, they’re also doing one night only pop ups across the Greater Toronto Area July 11th – September 25th, as part of their 40th anniversary outreach programming (check their website for titles, park locations, and dates).

By the Water

Screening your film by the water’s edge usually keeps your audience cooler on a muggy summer night, and there’s less distractions, from one direction at least. Harbourfront Centre continues its summer screenings every Wednesday night from July 8 to September 2, with a focus on family; Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated documentary Stories We Tell screens, as well as family favourites like Raising Arizona and Young Frankenstein.

Taking “by the water” right out ON the water, Sail-In Cinema by Sugar Beach sets the screen afloat, with landlubbers watching from ashore, and space for smaller vessels to drop anchor and watch from above decks. They’re crowd sourcing films for their August 20-23 screenings, asking what 80’s classics people want to see shipped out.

On a Rooftop

The Open Roof Festival doesn’t actually take place on a rooftop; it’s been held mostly in parking lots, and this year returns to 99 Sudbury. What sets this outdoor series apart from others on this list? It’s ticketed, for one, and ID may be required for some films (it’s certainly required for bar service). It also pairs local bands and gourmet food with selected films; their season opener is the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, with singer-songwriter Tomi Swick performing, and also features appetizers inspired by Nirvana, created by Aura by Cashew & Clive.

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Front Page, Industry News

Outdoor film festivals to check out around Toronto this summer

Keep your ears perked on a summer evening walk across many parts of Toronto, and chances are you’ll hear snatches of familiar dialogue. Follow those sounds, and you’ll likely find an outdoor film screening, usually free to all. From projector size screenings on church and art gallery grounds, to neighborhood impromptu gatherings, Torontonians love their outdoor film. Here’s a selection of city summer screenings, of films new and old, in the open air.

In a Square

The easiest of outdoor film series to stumble across, many of our public squares feature free film programming in the summer. The Cultura festival in Mel Lastman Square features films following live music, every Friday in July. City Cinema in Yonge-and Dundas Square is every Tuesday from June 16 to September 1, focusing this year on musicians who’ve starred in films. And our city’s premiere film institution, The Toronto International Film Festival, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with forty free films on Wednesdays from July 8 onwards, in David Pecaut Square.

In a Park

Many of Toronto’s public parks are booked for summer film screenings by community groups and non-profits. The most popular of these is arguably the Christie Pits Film Festival, Sunday nights from July 5 to August 16. Their theme this year is classic movie villains, opening with one of cinema’s first monsters, F.W. Murneau’s Nosferatu.

The Regent Park Film Festival is running their Under the Stars program outside Daniel’s Spectrum, Wednesdays from July 15 to August 19, and showing a range of downtown-set films like Do the Right Thing (the Bronx) and Big Hero 6 (a futuristic San Francisco). And Riverside Park East hosts Movies in the Park, a by-donation charity fundraiser series also running Sunday nights from July 11 until Sunday August 22 (they’re still crowdsourcing movie suggestions as well as donations via their online campaign).

TIFF wants to hang in parks, too; in addition to their main outdoor programming in David Pecaut Square, they’re also doing one night only pop ups across the Greater Toronto Area July 11th – September 25th, as part of their 40th anniversary outreach programming (check their website for titles, park locations, and dates).

By the Water

Screening your film by the water’s edge usually keeps your audience cooler on a muggy summer night, and there’s less distractions, from one direction at least. Harbourfront Centre continues its summer screenings every Wednesday night from July 8 to September 2, with a focus on family; Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated documentary Stories We Tell screens, as well as family favourites like Raising Arizona and Young Frankenstein.

Taking “by the water” right out ON the water, Sail-In Cinema by Sugar Beach sets the screen afloat, with landlubbers watching from ashore, and space for smaller vessels to drop anchor and watch from above decks. They’re crowd sourcing films for their August 20-23 screenings, asking what 80’s classics people want to see shipped out.

On a Rooftop

The Open Roof Festival doesn’t actually take place on a rooftop; it’s been held mostly in parking lots, and this year returns to 99 Sudbury. What sets this outdoor series apart from others on this list? It’s ticketed, for one, and ID may be required for some films (it’s certainly required for bar service). It also pairs local bands and gourmet food with selected films; their season opener is the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, with singer-songwriter Tomi Swick performing, and also features appetizers inspired by Nirvana, created by Aura by Cashew & Clive.

Source: Post City

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Front Page, Industry News

Outdoor film festivals to check out around Toronto this summer

Keep your ears perked on a summer evening walk across many parts of Toronto, and chances are you’ll hear snatches of familiar dialogue. Follow those sounds, and you’ll likely find an outdoor film screening, usually free to all. From projector size screenings on church and art gallery grounds, to neighborhood impromptu gatherings, Torontonians love their outdoor film. Here’s a selection of city summer screenings, of films new and old, in the open air.

In a Square

The easiest of outdoor film series to stumble across, many of our public squares feature free film programming in the summer. The Cultura festival in Mel Lastman Square features films following live music, every Friday in July. City Cinema in Yonge-and Dundas Square is every Tuesday from June 16 to September 1, focusing this year on musicians who’ve starred in films. And our city’s premiere film institution, The Toronto International Film Festival, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with forty free films on Wednesdays from July 8 onwards, in David Pecaut Square.

In a Park

Many of Toronto’s public parks are booked for summer film screenings by community groups and non-profits. The most popular of these is arguably the Christie Pits Film Festival, Sunday nights from July 5 to August 16. Their theme this year is classic movie villains, opening with one of cinema’s first monsters, F.W. Murneau’s Nosferatu.

The Regent Park Film Festival is running their Under the Stars program outside Daniel’s Spectrum, Wednesdays from July 15 to August 19, and showing a range of downtown-set films like Do the Right Thing (the Bronx) and Big Hero 6 (a futuristic San Francisco). And Riverside Park East hosts Movies in the Park, a by-donation charity fundraiser series also running Sunday nights from July 11 until Sunday August 22 (they’re still crowdsourcing movie suggestions as well as donations via their online campaign).

TIFF wants to hang in parks, too; in addition to their main outdoor programming in David Pecaut Square, they’re also doing one night only pop ups across the Greater Toronto Area July 11th – September 25th, as part of their 40th anniversary outreach programming (check their website for titles, park locations, and dates).

By the Water

Screening your film by the water’s edge usually keeps your audience cooler on a muggy summer night, and there’s less distractions, from one direction at least. Harbourfront Centre continues its summer screenings every Wednesday night from July 8 to September 2, with a focus on family; Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated documentary Stories We Tell screens, as well as family favourites like Raising Arizona and Young Frankenstein.

Taking “by the water” right out ON the water, Sail-In Cinema by Sugar Beach sets the screen afloat, with landlubbers watching from ashore, and space for smaller vessels to drop anchor and watch from above decks. They’re crowd sourcing films for their August 20-23 screenings, asking what 80’s classics people want to see shipped out.

On a Rooftop

The Open Roof Festival doesn’t actually take place on a rooftop; it’s been held mostly in parking lots, and this year returns to 99 Sudbury. What sets this outdoor series apart from others on this list? It’s ticketed, for one, and ID may be required for some films (it’s certainly required for bar service). It also pairs local bands and gourmet food with selected films; their season opener is the documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, with singer-songwriter Tomi Swick performing, and also features appetizers inspired by Nirvana, created by Aura by Cashew & Clive.

Source: Post City

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