If you're watching a movie these days, it's either at home on Netflix or in your car at a drive-in movie theatre. But good news: you'll soon be able to watch one outdoors, and for free.
Taking over Fort York, audiences will be able to watch 10 films from TOPS' first decade of programming (the most memorable ones). They'll each be screened with Canadian short films.
Tickets, which are absolutely free, can be reserved online starting August 3 at noon. Events max out at 100 tickets per screening, with a limit of 2 per person for the whole festival
Physical distancing will be key on the Fort York grounds, so there are a few rules for physical distancing.
Groups must sit "at least the distance of one blanket from the next group", according to TOPS. They must also bring their own seating, whether that be blankets or chairs.
Masks are required when entering through the venue's gates, and encouraged if in common areas, like in line for the portable restrooms or at the concession stand. If you don't bring your own mask, disposable masks will be available free-of-charge. They also have TOPS masks for sale.
None of this applies, of course, if you're a resident of the high rise condos overlooking Fort York.
This year, the TOPS screen will be facing the condo, meaning residents will be able to watch from their window or balcony for free. All they need to do is tune in to an audio link provided to join the screening.
Food and drink service starts at 6:30 p.m. Screenings start at around 8:30 p.m., or sundown.
Here's TOPS' programme schedule for screenings at Fort York.
Friday, August 21
Shorts: Dinette and The Women's Hour (World Premiere)
Saturday, August 22
Shorts: the Little Deputy, Tips are Appreciated (World Premiere)
Sunday, August 23
Short: The Drop In
Monday, August 24
Short: Long Branch
Tuesday, August 25
Do The Right Thing
Wednesday, August 26
Short: Lunchbox Loser
Thursday, August 27
Thelma & Louise
Short: Glitter's Wild Women
Friday, August 28
The Before Trilogy: Before Sunrise, Before Sunset, Before Midnigh
Short: 100 Musicians
Saturday, August 29
Sunday, August 30
Short: The Guest
by Tanya Mok via blogTO