TIFF SPECIAL: Inside the 99 Sudbury party

Story by Caitlin Agnew. Photography by Jason Jajalla.

On Wednesday night, with expectations high, I attended my first TIFF party. Not just for this year—ever. Before leaving for the Festival Opening Party at 99 Sudbury, I got my notepad and pen ready for all of the celebrity autographs I’d soon be collecting and spent a few moments rehearsing my best red carpet pose.

A little premature, perhaps. This event was actually a fête for in-the-know industry insiders looking to throw down after a hard day of preparations for the inevitable TIFF chaos to come. We anticipated, commiserated, and gossiped over much-needed wine and delicious nibblies like gnocchi poutine and chicken wing meatballs.

The evening was relaxed, sophisticated, and a good harbinger of what’s sure to be an amazing couple of weeks.

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