Toronto Comicon’s media team is standing by to assist you with your inquiry. Please contact them directly for these and other inquiries relating to media coverage:
- Background information about Toronto Comicon
- Interview requests with Toronto Comicon spokespersons
- Interview requests with Toronto Comicon guests and partners
- Image and B-roll requests
For media questions, contact Touchwood Public Relations:
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Media Accreditation & On-Site Media
Check back in soon for Media Accreditation applications.
5 Important Rules for On-Site Media at Toronto Comicon
Press Passes must be worn at all times. Respect the responsibility of this pass: follow the rules and ask the on-site Media Team if you have any questions or concerns about your access or activities on-site.
Each and every interview with a Toronto Comicon representative (including crew members) and/or Toronto Comicon invited Guest (Celebrity Guest, Creator Guest, etc.) must be pre-approved and arranged by the Media Team. Any “drive-by” or unapproved interviews are strictly forbidden and will result in eviction from the show. The on-site Media Team is more than happy to help you achieve the interviews you’re interested in. For best results, submit a wish list for on-site interviews prior to the show.
Photographers and camera operators must be at least 12 feet away from any invited Guest (Celebrity Guests, Creator Guests, etc.). Please inquire via the crew member assisting the Guest if you may photograph or film them first. You are required to stop filming/shooting if asked.
Camera crews are free to roam the show floor, but cannot set up equipment in a fixed manner without pre-approval/supervision by the on-site media team. We want to ensure Guests can still flow through the show easily.
Covering Events & Panels
Toronto Comicon does not provide designated seating areas for media at panels/workshops/special events, and recording these events is prohibited. If you wish to attend/cover a panel/workshop/special event, please make arrangements with the on-site Media Team. In most cases, they’re able to arrange for seats on a case-by-case basis with advance notice. In most cases, recording is permitted for the first 3-5 minutes of a panel (from behind the first row); please confirm with the on-site Media Team and respect the special instructions of the crew members operating each room/event.
Press & Media FAQ
Can I film at Toronto Comicon for commercial, non-media purposes (documentary, web series, etc.)?
Projects for commercial use must be pre-approved by the Media Team, and will require media accreditation while on-site. Commercial cameras operating without approval from the Media Team are prohibited and may not be granted access.
If you’re planning to shoot for non-commercial use, please respect the following rules for filming on site:
- Always ask permission before photographing or filming anyone, including other attendees.
- On-camera interviews with Guests are not permitted without media accreditation and arrangement via the Media Team.
- Cameras are not permitted to set up in a fixed position.
- When photographing Toronto Comicon Guests, please keep a distance of no less than 12 feet.
- Recording panels or other programming is prohibited.
- Stationary lighting, or large obstructive lightboxes are not allowed.
- Pole mounted lights are not allowed.
- The use of selfie sticks is not allowed anywhere on-site.
If you do have any issues while on-site, please ask to be directed to the Media Team table for assistance. We’ll be there to help, and do our best to make sure you have a great time capturing your experience at Toronto Comicon!
Does my Press Pass allow me to bring a guest?
Unfortunately, no. Press Passes are named and will require corresponding I.D. in order to be used on-site. If you plan on covering Toronto Comicon with an attendee that does not have a Press Pass and have any questions or concerns, please connect with our Media Team on-site.
How can I interview one of the invited Guests (Celebrity Guests, Creator Guests, etc.)?
The Media Team is standing by for your interview requests, whether they be pre-event phone interviews, in-studio visits, or on-site interviews in-person. Please contact them at email@example.com.
All media requests must be approved and arranged by the Media Team. While on-site, “drive-by” or unapproved interviews are strictly forbidden and will result in eviction from the show. The Media Team works directly with the Guests to facilitate a great experience for everyone.
How many Press Passes are available?
The number of Press Passes available changes every year and is based on the number of tickets sold.
I submitted my application in time, but have not heard back from the Media Team and the show is less than one month away. What should I do?
We ask that all media submit an application no later than one month before the show. If you did this and the event is less than one month away (or sold out) and you have not been informed of your application status, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should have received an email, but it’s possible your application was missed in our system.
Applications received within one month of the event are put in a separate queue. Please contact email@example.com if you do not hear back from the Media Team with one week of applying.
What can I do to ensure my media accreditation application is approved?
Please provide personal/professional information in your application, and proof of assignment. Toronto Comicon only approves media who will be filing coverage before, during or after the event. Especially for independent or emerging media, or media new to the event, please make sure to include information on your outlet (reach/circulation, audience profile, etc.).
What does my Press Pass allow within the show?
Your media accreditation allows you the following privileges:
- Press Pass to enjoy and cover the event with complimentary admission during regular show hours. For out-of-hours special events or events taking place off-site, please pre-arrange attendance/coverage with our Media Team.
- Assistance of the on-site Media Team. This team of dedicated communications professionals is on-hand to help you in any way they can from uncovering untold stories to providing directions.
Your media accreditation does not allow you:
- Invite/admit additional guests.
- Receive front-of-the-line service, early entry or advanced access at the event.
- The ability to record full panels or events.
A note about attending panels, workshops, etc...
At Toronto Comicon, our priority is to provide fans with the best possible fan experience; therefore, we are unable to set aside seats at all panels and events for media. In some cases, special arrangements can be made to set aside seats. If you wish to attend a specific panel or event, please content with the Media Team.
What is the policy for taking photos and recording video and audio at Toronto Comicon?
Photographers and camera operators must be at least 12 feet away from any invited Guest (Celebrity Guests, Creator Guests, etc.). Please inquire via the volunteer assisting the Guest if you may photograph or film them first. You are required to stop filming/shooting if asked. During panels and workshops, in most cases taking photos (without flash) and recording is permitted for the first 3-5 minutes of a panel (from behind the first row); however, not all Guests wish to be photographed/recorded. Please confirm with the on-site Media Team and respect the special instructions of the volunteers operating each room/event.
Who can apply for media accreditation?
Toronto Comicon invites media from all formats and locations who intend to cover the event to apply for media accreditation since only accredited media will be granted the access and services provided to media on-site.
Due to the large volume of applications for media accreditation, not every application is approved.
Will I have a place to park, store my equipment or access the internet to file my stories?
Parking may be purchased from the venue, but there is no designated or complimentary parking available.
Please note that free WIFI and a working space for press will NOT be available at the event. Please keep that in mind for tight filing deadlines.
Please note that internet bandwidth in the MTCC is often a challenge due to the quantity of fans using their smartphones and the concrete/structure can affect signal.