It seems TIFF was no exception to the trend Taylor Swiftpointed out in Wall Street Journal in 2014: “The only memento 'kids these days’ want is a selfie. It’s part of the new currency, which seems to be ‘how many followers you have on Instagram.’”
Considering the sheer volume of celebrity selfies taken at the 2014 festival, TIFF attendees are eager as any to document their star run-ins with a #selfie.
The cavalcade kicked off with a snap of Bill Murray on ‘Bill Murray Day’ – he was spotted by a young fan in Yorkville sporting a pair of transparent cycling glasses.Robert Pattinson blew up the red carpet, the hottest after-parties and a premiere press conference, but the British actor still had time to pose for a quick selfie on the way into the premiere of Maps to the Stars.
Jennifer Aniston flashed a smile and showed off her stylish coif when she posed with a fan at the premiere of Cake, while Jake Gyllenhaal played it cool with a bespectacled fan by keeping his sunglasses on for the shot.
Nearly all the celebrities in town were willing to adapt to what Taylor calls “the new currency,” including Benedict Cumberbatch, who posed for a selfie akin to Ellen Degeneres’ widely discussed Oscar shot.