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Taylor Swift and TIFF Bring Mother and Daughter Closer Together

Taylor Swift at TIFF 2022 Pic Courtesy of Monica Gupta

For many, the Toronto International Film Festival is all about the movies, but to others…it’s a bonding experience! For Monica Gupta (Toronto street councillor and photographer) and her daughter, it’s been a yearly event.

“Since 2009, my daughter and I have been “searching” for George Clooney at TIFF! In 2017 we “found” him, and I thought my life’s work was done! Boy, was I wrong!”, Gupta told Tdot Women Magazine. “I love TIFF and all the time I spent behind hotel alley ways near a dumpster or two. It’s some of the best times spent with my daughter. I wasn’t sure she would ever go with me again…but she did!”

Monica Gupta and Daughter in front of TIFF sign

This year the two returned to TIFF and were able to see Taylor Swift in person, capturing this awesome photo for us. Tickets to “In Conversation with Taylor Swift” at the Festival were sold out almost immediately, much to the disappointment of many who were anxious to catch a glimpse of the music artist. Taylor’s film “All Too Well – The Short Film” which she directed, wrote, produced, and appeared in is the reason behind her attending TIFF this year. Swift joined TIFF CEO, Cameron Bailey, for the first-ever screening of All Too Well: The Short Film on 35mm, and discussed filmmaking and the visual aspects of her music yesterday evening at the Bell Lightbox. (source TIFF Media).

“She’s stunning! And super kind to all of her fans,” Monica Gupta told us. ”Her Army of Fans were unbelievable!”

When asked if she would return with her daughter next year to TIFF, Monica replied, “I’m hoping she will (attend). I will definitely be there. Other mother-daughter relationships include shopping or fashion, (while our) relationship usually revolves around searching for stars in the city!”

Monica rethinks and adds, ”My daughter is 16 years old…she has a mind of her own, and if she will come with me again, I’ll be forever grateful.”

Monica and her daughter at TIFF years ago
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