Fan Zones

TIFF '23

Fan Zones

For the TIFF Superfans

Fans can watch their favourite stars walk the red carpet from controlled access areas at the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall.

Fan Zone Entry Process
Here are the steps to secure a spot in the Fan Zones.


  • Fans can collect one wristband for each red carpet they want to watch that day between 9am - 10.30am daily (except Thursday Sept 7 which is from 3pm - 4.30pm) from the wristband pickup tables at the north end of David Pecaut Square (at the David Pecaut Square North Fan Zone). There will be signage indicating the pickup location
    Please note: there is a limit of one wristband per red carpet per person.
  • Once wristbands have been collected, keep them safe (lost wristbands will not be reissued) and line up at the relevant Fan Zone at the allotted time.
  • Fan zones open two hours prior to screening start time. At this point, fans who have already collected wristbands earlier in the day can enter. Those who have not yet got a wristband can join the Fan Zone rush line.
  • One hour before screening start time, Fan Zones will start allowing those in the rush line to enter. Wristbands will be distributed at the entrance. Depending on the quantity of wristbands given out in the morning, those in the rush line may be allowed entry earlier than one hour.
  • Approximately 20 minutes before a screening starts, Fan Zone access will close for that particular red carpet.

Fan Zone Locations
We provide two dedicated areas for the ultimate fan experience during the Festival.

King Street Fan Zones
Located in front of the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

David Pecaut Square Fan Zones
There are a total of five zones on David Pecaut Square. The TIFF north and south Fan Zones, the Bell Movie Lovers Red Carpet Deck, the RBC Red Carpet Gallery and the House of Peroni Fan Zone. Please note: Only the TIFF fan zones on David Pecaut Square will use the Fan Zone Entry Process as listed above. Bell, RBC and Peroni Fan Zones may operate differently and entry may be limited. Please visit them for more information.

Some Rules
While we want everyone to enjoy their Festival experience, there are some rules to follow, and items that we do not allow in the Fan Zones.


  • All Fan Zones are capacity controlled.
  • All bags will be checked (so please pack light!).
  • Wristbands are specific to each Fan Zone and red carpet.
  • Fan Zones are cleared after every red carpet.
  • If you leave a Fan Zone, your wristband will be removed and you will need to join the back of the rush line if you want to go back in (subject to available capacity).

Allowed Items:

  • Water bottles (Fans may be asked to open bottles for Security to inspect contents)
  • Cellphones
  • Purses, tote bags, and fanny packs

Prohibited Items:

  • Professional cameras (lenses longer than 6")
  • Posters or signs larger than 11"x17"
  • Backpacks
  • Ladders
  • Chairs
  • Selfie sticks, tripods or monopod
  • Aerosol canisters
  • No Laser Pointers, Mega Phones or Air Horns
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs and/or drug paraphernalia (regardless of legality)
  • Illegal items and weapons of any kind
  • Any hazardous, inappropriate, offensive, or suspicious items

We're here to help
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How can I watch the red carpet appearances?

TIFF has dedicated Fan Zones along King Street and on David Pecaut Square that allow members of the public to watch red carpet appearances at the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre, Royal Alexandra Theatre and Roy Thomson Hall.

What do I need to enter a Fan Zone?

Fan Zone access is controlled by way of a Fan Zone wristband. These can be collected in advance at the wristband pickup table from 9am - 10.30am daily at the north end of David Pecaut Square. Fans who do not have not collected a wristband in advance can join the rush line at that specific Fan Zone.

How many wristbands can I collect?

Fans can collect one wristband per red carpet taking place that day.

What time do Fan Zones open?

Fan Zones open two hours before the start time of a screening. Fans who have collected a wristband in advance will be granted access at that time. One hour before the screening starts, those in the rush line will be allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis (subject to capacity).

What if I have collected a wristband in advance but I am late?

If you have picked up a wristband in advance but arrive late (after the Fan Zone rush line is granted entry one hour before the start of a screening), you will need to join the back of the rush line.

Can I bring in a backpack or bag?

Backpacks are not allowed in Fan Zones. smaller items like purses, tote bags and fanny packs are permitted. Please check the list of allowed and prohibited items for more details.

Am I guaranteed a spot in the Fan Zone?

Fan Zones have limited capacity and specific timings for when fans can enter. Access is not guaranteed. Additionally, TIFF cannot guarantee that any specific individual will appear on the Red Carpet.