Toronto 2012: Festival Tells Paparazzi to RSVP as Part of New Red Carpet Protocol

No more herding cats: Camera crews and stills photographers will be ushered into pre-selected positions on the red carpets.

by Etan Vlessing

TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival will this week demand order from the relentless paparazzi bellowing the names of Hollywood stars on the red carpet or at press conference photo calls.

Ahead of opening night for TIFF’s 37th edition this Thursday, fest organizers unveiled a new website where pre-approved photographers are told to RSVP for a presence on the red carpets outside Roy Thomson Hall and other prestigious venues.

And the paparazzi will be assigned positions from which to snap A-list stars launching their latest movies in Toronto.

To limit red carpet ruckus, stills photographers will need to arrive 20 minutes before stars arrive.

They will then be ushered by “red carpet managers” in numerical order to pre-selected spots like horses loaded into the gate for the race start.

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