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Editor’s Note: A few months ago, we chose to send a Jamaican blogger to Canada to cover the Toronto International Film Festival for us. It was his first film festival and his first time writing for us, but our biggest concern was that any temperature under 72 degrees would freeze him instantly. Fortunately, he survived, and he’s here to share what he learned. Hopefully, you’ve all enjoyed my coverage of TIFF these past two weeks. You might be tired of hearing about it, but spare me one more moment to talk a little about what I’ve learned on my trip to that spot of land a bit north of the USA. This was my first time going to TIFF, going to Canada, covering and even attending a film festival. It’s a lot of firsts for me to handle – I hope I did okay. I watched a grand total of 35 films (all listed here). I posted reviews for 22 films and did 1 interview. I took in 4 movies and 3 cups of coffee a day. I walked out of 2 films, fell asleep in 3 and couldn’t complete 2 due to projection issues. I saw my first film ever projected in 70mm (The Master, of course) and overall had a blast. I’m still trying to figure out how to go back to “normal” everyday life after that, but so it goes. So here are some things I learned from my very first film festival:

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