Why the Toronto International Film Festival?

Regardless of the film or the response to the film you’re in, there will always be a love for the fact that you did something creative and that everybody is excited about it. I think that’s the spirit here.
Jake Gyllenhaal

Not only is it the place, but it is also the time. I think it is the beginning of so many wonderful movies coming out. It’s a real stepping point for film makers of all different kinds and all different types of minds to come, and I think Toronto embraces that and loves that. The enthusiasm – particularly the Canadian enthusiasm – is a very particular type of enthusiasm that I think is wonderful for people who put themselves out and make themselves vulnerable in whatever they do, to know that no matter what happens, they’re going to be supported. Every single premiere I’ve been to here is always full of this wonderful positivity, and I love coming back because I know regardless of the film or the response to the film you’re in, there will always be a love for the fact that you did something creative and that everybody is excited about it. I think that’s the spirit here.
Jake Gyllenhaal, at the TIFF press conference for Prisoners (2013)

As a Toronto International Film Festival volunteer for the past four to five years, I play a part in advocating the festival. There are many film industry professionals who have spoken out about how much TIFF stands out as a film festival compared to other festivals during this time (e.g. Telluride and Venice). But since Jake Gyllenhaal is one of my favourite actors, this quote will be most memorable to me. I find him very well-spoken, and although that might give his quote less genuine, the fact that he began his answer with the fact that he has filmed a movie here recently, it feels like he understood the city more than other actors did.

I am glad that one of my favourite actors enjoys visiting my city, Toronto!

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  • Sharing some old photos of my day trip to Bath earlier this month.

01) River Avon flowing under Pulteney Bridge.
02) The Bath Abbey overlooking the Roman Baths. 
03) A photo of some ancient engineering still working today. The Romans dug up the hot springs to flow into the steam rooms in the bath building.
04) Piles of rocks that laid underneath stone floors in these steam rooms.

Ancient Rome is such a fascinating era to learn about. Still a bit disappointed we couldn't stay longer, but it was super interesting to learn about how Romans used to visit a still standing building. They even had old coins and old jewellery on display! Who needs to visit Rome in person when you've got Bath? πŸ˜‚πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§
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  • One of the top highlights of my weekend though has got to be meeting @momosface for the first time! My all-time favourite dog celebrity. πŸ• He's as adorable and cute and energetic as he seems to be in all of @andrewknapp's Instagrams!! 😍 He's also so well-trained. So amazing to see Momo "stay" in one spot for as long as Andrew tells him too. WHAT A GOOD BOY. I've had such a crush on @andrewknapp and @momosface for so long, I was too shy to even go up to them to say hi at first. 😭 But then I was like, "OK, it's just a dog, Wendy, get over yourself." 😭 Anyway, I did shyly say goodbye to Momo and Andrew at the end, so that's got to count for something. Such a great dog lover meet-up. London needs to host more of these!! (P.S. I didn't apply any saturation filters on this photo. Only some brightening fixes. The Google Pixel really is this great.)