There’s no short­age of all-pow­er­ful Hol­ly­wood pub­li­cists flex­ing their buzz-build­ing mus­cles around town dur­ing TIFF, but if you want the real celebrity scoop or ac­cess be­yond the vel­vet rope, these are the front­line pre­miere, party and swag sa­lon gate­kee


TIFF gate­keep­ers re­call celeb en­coun­ters, red car­pet eti­quette and sur­viv­ing the fest – in style

Ta­tiana Read, KnotPR Af­ter spend­ing the 2010 fes­ti­val mak­ing sure no one snuck into En­ter­tain­ment Tonight’s Yorkville rooftop par­ties, Ta­tiana Read is spend­ing this TIFF wran­gling press for events at The Hox­ton and rep­ping her brands Biko and Red Ca­noe at the CBC’s Ge­orge Stroum­boulopou­los’s gift­ing lounge. Heels or lats? At 5-foot-10, I can get away with lats. Sil­ver foil Lan­vins are my go-tos. I do like to switch into my trusty Pierre Hardy stilet­tos for af­ter- par­ty­ing, though. Favourite Film Fes­ti­val celebrity en­counter ? Faye Du­n­away made an ap­pear­ance at ET Canada’s Fes­ti­val Cen­tral last year. She wore her sig­na­ture shades at 11 pm. The best worst ex­cuse some­one has tried to use to crash a party? The clas­sic “Do you know who I am?” gets thrown around a lot. I have a zero tol­er­ance pol­icy when it comes to fake busi­ness cards and media com­pa­nies.

TIFF style essen­tials? I usu­ally dress in Ewanika. And my Marni sun­glasses from Karir are ma­jor. I also like a big­ger bag so I can have my lats at the ready.

Post-fest re­cov­ery plan? I’m go­ing to treat my­self to a head-to-toe spa ses­sion. Think hot stone mani/pedi and Thai yoga mas­sage at the Ade­laide Club.

Bunmi Adeoye, NKPR This TIFF, you’ll ind Bunmi Adeoye di­vid­ing her time be­tween NKPR’s IT gift­ing lounge and Hello Mag­a­zine’s swanky ifth an­niver­sary bash at the Ritz Carl­ton Ho­tel. Ex­cited to see any movies this year? Hon­estly, I’ve never been able to see a ilm dur­ing TIFF, but Cro­nen­berg’s A Dan­ger­ous Method with Viggo Mor tensen and Vin­cent Cas­sel should be good. Let’s hope they get naked and wres­tle. Favourite Film Fes­ti­val celebrity en­counter ? I’ve met Ed­ward Nor­ton a few times, and he’s al­ways lovely and gra­cious. He came to our gift­ing suite to show his sup­port for Artists for Peace and Jus­tice. The best worst ex­cuse some­one has tried to use to crash a party? Some guy said to me, “I know you!” I re­sponded, “No. No you don’t.” He said, “Oh…” and sulked away.

TIFF style essen­tials?

I get my Film Fest hair done by An­toinette Ju­lian in a Rus­sian hair sa­lon up in Vaughan. A lit­tle black dress, of course. And an Essie Arubablue pedi­cure. I’ve heard Seal wears that colour on his feet.

Post-fest re­cov­ery plan? No re­cov­ery needed. On to the next one, as Jay-Z says.

Amina Said, Holt Ren­frew When Holt Ren­frew and Va­ri­ety mag­a­zine launch their celebrity stu­dio in the depart­ment store’s hand­bag sa­lon on TIFF’s open­ing week­end, Amina Said will be there to make sure the star vis­its go smoothly – even if that means co­or­di­nat­ing a last-minute shop­ping spree. Clip­board or iPad? Aes­thet­i­cally, I would pre­fer an iPad, but where would I put it? The sim­ple plas­tic clip­board is easy. I just don’t see how an iPad would help. I’d worry about drop­ping it all night.

Favourite Film Fes­ti­val celebrity en­counter? I’d have to say Mar­ion Cotil­lard at the Va­ri­ety Stu­dio in Holt Ren­frew last year. She’s beau­ti­ful and a bril­liant ac­tress. The best worst ex­cuse some­one has tried to use to crash a party? I’ve had some­one pre­tend to be an ob­vi­ous some­one else while the real per­son was al­ready in­side the event. It made for a very awk­ward con­ver­sa­tion. I mean, how do you tell peo­ple they aren’t who they say they are?

TIFF style essen­tials? A shoul­der bag small enough to hold my lip­stick, cards and my Black­Berry, black skinny trousers, black Equip­ment blouse, lay­ered bracelets and a state­ment neck­lace, for sure.

Post-fest re­cov­ery plan? I’m so used to the busy work lifestyle that you could say I’m im­mune to the “burnt out” feel­ing af­ter a crazy week of events. As long as I have my week­ends, I’m okay.

Natalie Pe­tozzi, Rock-it Pro­mo­tions Natalie Pe­tozzi owes her or­ga­ni­za­tional skills to years of co­or­di­nat­ing leets of limos to ferry TIFF tal­ent be­tween ho­tels, pre­mieres and af­ter­par­ties . This year she’s work­ing with the Rock- it team on Arts & Crafts’ Fes­ti­val Mu­sic House con­cert se­ries and han­dling per­sonal pub­lic­ity for Break­away di­rec­tor Robert Lieber­man. Fes­ti­val drink of choice? I love sparkling wa­ter when I’m at a party. The bub­bles can some­times trick my brain into be­liev­ing I’m drink­ing a glass of Veuve. Favourite Film Fes­ti­val celebrity en­counter ? In 2009 I worked with Emily Blunt while she was pro­mot­ing The Young Vic­to­ria. Af­ter the pre­miere we had a cast din­ner at the Spoke Club, where Em, as I like to call her, tried to hook me up with one of her friends. The best worst ex­cuse some­one has tried to use to crash a party? I’ve heard “But, I’m an ac­tress!” quite a few times, as if merely prac­tis­ing the craft en­ti­tles you en­trance to a party.

TIFF style essen­tials? At least three gala-ap­pro­pri­ate dresses that are dressy enough for a red car­pet but not so lashy that they de­tract from the tal­ent. Also, a Tide-to- Go stick, a few pairs of knee-high socks and Goody Spin Pins, which are great for throw­ing my mane up into a top­knot.

Post-fest re­cov­ery plan? I’ve been sav­ing a gift certi icate to Body Blitz, so I think a day of pam­per­ing in the pools will be in or­der. I’ll go with a few of my girl­friends so I can catch up on all the non-in­dus­try gos­sip I’ve missed while be­ing iso­lated in the TIFF crazi­ness.

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