DSC01290It still surprises me how big the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has become. Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Sundance – those are the four annual biggies in the movie world. This was my second go around with TIFF and I wasn’t disappointed. This year I even managed to fit in some screenings. And I picked well.

I did the world premier of “Killer Elite” – which was attended by Robert Deniro, Clive Owen, Jason Statham, Yvonne Strahovski and director Gary Mckredy. I also managed “Melancholia” by Lars Von Trier – it was a bit odd but amazingly turned all around. The best part was the Q&A after the movie with Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard (I am so Team Eric ala True Blood), Keifer Sutherland, and Udo Kier. Would only have been better if Charlotte Gainsbourg* had joined.

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The red carpets were rolled out every where  – and in between I managed a lovely dinner at the members only “Spoke”, The First Weekend Chris-Head_TILClub/Canada Screens party at “The Drake”, rooftop time at the Thompson Hotel, a TV show launch and special guest performances from Melanie Fiona at Nyood Lounge – and lots of visits to “Nikki Beach” which was full of run ins from Adrian Grenier to Harvey Weinstein.

And on my last night we ended up at the Chris Brown after party. But turns out that when the posse brings the posse’s posse that his VIP section isn’t that dignified nor is there much room to stand. It was the perfect way to say it was time to fly home.

Now to get ready for Vancouver’s little version of a film fest this week.
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Shelley Mantei (me!) and Carla Catherwood at Nikki Beach
Chris Brown crooning at LIVE


Thompson Hotel Rooftop


Toronto Skyline shot I took from Thompson rooftop

*(Charlotte Gainsburg) Did you know this actress/singer’s mother is the muse of the Berkin Bag and father is the lascivious French singer who’s life has been recently made into a movie “Gainsburg”. Good genes).

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Shelley Mantei founded theitlists.com as part of the Glam.com network in 2006 (forever in fashion blog years!). The It Lists help busy women define their personal beauty, life and fashion style – vogue nirvana. It's a trend blog featuring the “it” bag, “it” girl, or “it” scoop! Shelley is also a public relations & social media consultant for life + style brands. She's a Vancouver import who now calls Toronto (Canada) home, but is always scooting somewhere to bring you jetsettera tales. Twitter: @shelleymantei

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