Prior to kicking off this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the event seemed poised to one-up itself, with plans to show upwards of 300 films and host seemingly countless events. Now that the 11-day festival is a wrap, we can safely say: TIFF definitely didn’t disappoint. Here are our top 5 favorites moments from TIFF:

1) Connecting with hardcore film buffs

Our first annual TIFF happy hour at Hotel Ocho provided the perfect venue to connect with TIFF go-ers. The event was packed to the gills, and it was a great for our Film team to meet dedicated filmmakers, producers, and actors.

Forbes Campbell (Searching for Dragons), Jeremy LaLonde (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town), and Jessica Adams (CFC Producer's Lab Resident).
Forbes Campbell (Searching for Dragons), Jeremy LaLonde (How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town), and Jessica Adams (CFC Producer’s Lab Resident).
Fans of The Cub, an Indiegogo film that premiered at TIFF.
Fans of The Cub, an Indiegogo film that premiered at TIFF.
The Indiegogo Film team: Marc Hofstatter, John Trigonis, Ayah Norris, and Kristen Konvitz.
The Indiegogo Film team: Marc Hofstatter, John Trigonis, Ayah Norris, and Kristen Konvitz.

2) Partnering with the Canadian Film Centre

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC), created by storied Canadian filmmaker Norman Jewison, is the long running film organization, and we were so excited to announce our partnership with CFC during TIFF. This partnership will bring a whole host of up-and-comers as well as veteran filmmakers into the Indiegogo fold. Are you a CFC member or alum looking to take advantage of this partnership? You can learn more here.

3) Seeing notable campaigners & contributors

Throughout the festival, we had an opportunity to see and re-connect with many campaigners and contributors that had previously launched or funded a campaign on Indiegogo. Indiegogo film specialist John Trigonis, based out of New York, got an extra special treat when he discovered that Mattie Do, whose feature debut DEAREST SISTER ran over the summer, ventured all the way from her native Laos to the film festival in Toronto to say hello.

4) Discussing crowdfunding’s impact on the film industry

Everywhere we went, crowdfunding seemed to be a piece of the conversation. Whether chatting with attendees after premiers or even having head of film Marc Hofstatter appear on BNN’s “The Street”, crowdfunding was indeed a hot topic. We were delighted to connect with individuals and share our knowledge about the latest and greatest in crowdfunding.

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Head of film Marc Hofstatter appears on BNN’s “The Street”.

5) Having film campaigns break funding milestones (and celebrate accordingly)

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, a film by Jeremy Lalonde, broke $100,000 CD during the festival (and eventually went on to raise almost $125,000, more than 176% of its original goal). Breaking the $100,000 mark helped activate a promise by the filmmaker and his producers to streak through downtown Toronto to show their appreciation for their supporters. Certainly a way to celebrate.

TIFF 2014 may have come and gone, but the festival memories remain. Until next year, Toronto!