Foster imaginations and spark creativity this school year. From exhibitions and presentations to hands-on workshops, TIFF Bell Lightbox provides you with innovative ways to engage with the moving image that extend beyond a class trip to the movies.

To book, phone us 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433 (Press 2 for school bookings) OR email us at See our booking policies.

We are committed to offering an equitable and accessible learning environment for students and teachers. Apply for financial assistance through Pocket Fund. TIFF prefers Visa.

Booking Policies

1. Minimum participant numbers must be met. If a group consists of fewer than the minimum number of participants required, the group must pay for the minimum number.

2. A reservation confirmation form must be completed and returned to TIFF by the teacher who has booked the event. If the completed form has not been returned by the specified date, TIFF reserves the right to release the reservation. A 50% deposit will be required to hold bookings of 4 workshops or more.

3. In the event of cancellation, TIFF must receive written notice no less than 20 school days before the scheduled workshop/ screening or a minimum of 50% of the estimated total will be charged. Bookings made less than 20 school days before the date of the visit are considered confirmed at the time of booking. Cancellation due to severely inclement weather or force majeure is exempt.

4. TIFF recognizes that class attendance will fluctuate. The final fee will be calculated based on the total number of students present, 50% of the estimated total (as indicated on the confirmation form) or the minimum number of participants required, whichever is greater. Payment is due in full before the start of each workshop or screening.

5. If a class arrives more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled programme, TIFF reserves the right to make alterations to scheduled programming in order to accommodate the change in schedule. 

Educator Contest!

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Rules and Regulations

Educator Contest (THE “CONTEST”)

This contest is open to Canadian elementary and secondary school teachers residing in Canada (excluding Quebec residents) and is governed by Canadian law.


The Contest begins on September 1, 2016 at 1pm Eastern Time (ET) and ends November 30, 2016 at 10am ET (the “Contest Period”).


The Contest is open to all Canadian legal residents, and elementary or secondary school teachers, (excluding Quebec residents and teachers) who are age of majority or older in their province or territory of residence at the date of entry. The Contest is not open to employees, representatives or agents (and those with whom such persons are domiciled) of Toronto International Film Festival Inc. (the “Sponsor”), its parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, prize suppliers and advertising/promotion agencies (collectively, the “Contest Parties”).



No purchase necessary. To enter the Contest, visit during the Contest Period. Fill out the required entry fields with your name, and email address (“Entry”). Entrants who have submitted the form during the Contest Period will be entered into a random draw at the end of the Contest Period for a chance to win one hands-on pixilation workshop for one elementary or secondary class (“Eligible Entry”).

There is a limit of one (1) Entry per person permitted during the Contest Period. For greater certainty, you can only use one (1) email address to enter the Contest. If it is discovered that you have attempted to: (i) submit more than one (1) Entry per person during the Contest Period; or (ii) use more than one (1) email address to enter the Contest; then (in the sole discretion of the Sponsor) you may be disqualified from the Contest and all of your Entries may be voided. Your Entry will automatically be rejected if the entry form is not fully completed and/or is submitted outside the Contest Period. Use of any automated system to enter or participate in this Contest is prohibited and will automatically result in disqualification.



There will be one (1) Educator contest prize available to be won, consisting of one (1) 2-hour, hands-on pixilation workshop at TIFF Bell Lightbox for the associated class. The total approximate retail value of the Prize is $350. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the following general conditions apply to the Prize: (i) Prize must be accepted as awarded and is not transferable or convertible to cash (no substitutions except at Sponsor’s option); (ii) if the winner does not utilize any part(s) of the Prize, then any such part(s) not utilized will be forfeited in their entirety and nothing will be substituted in their place; (iii) Sponsor reserves the right at any time to: (a) place reasonable restrictions on the availability or use of the Prize or any component thereof; and (b) substitute the Prize or a component thereof for any reason with a prize or a prize component of equal or greater value, including without limitation, but solely at the Sponsor’s sole discretion, a cash award; (iv) by accepting the Prize, the winner agrees to waive all recourse against the Releasees (as defined below) if the Prize or a component thereof does not prove satisfactory, either in whole or in part. Prize will only be awarded to the person whose full name and valid email address are associated with the winning account.



A random draw will be held on or about November 30, 2016 (the “Draw Date”) at TIFF’s Toronto office located at 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, at approximately 11am ET. One (1) entrants will be selected from all Eligible Entries. The odds of winning depend on the number of competing Eligible Entries received during the Contest Period.


The Sponsor or its designated representative will make three (3) attempts to contact the selected entrant by email using the address associated with the selected entrant’s account within five (5) business days of the Draw Date. If the selected entrant cannot be contacted within three (3) attempts or five (5) business days of the Draw Date (whichever occurs first), or there is a return of any notification as undeliverable, then the selected entrant will be disqualified and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to randomly select an alternate eligible entrant from among the remaining Eligible Entries.


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All Entries become the property of the Sponsor. The Releasees assume no responsibility for lost, delayed, incomplete, incompatible or misdirected Entries. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws. The decisions of the Sponsor with respect to all aspects of this Contest are final and binding on all entrants without right of appeal, including, without limitation, any decisions regarding the eligibility/disqualification of Entries and/or entrants.


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Grades 1-12

Class Trips

Screenings and workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 27, 2016 through June 22, 2017.

$9 7 ‐ 12

Newly released films and much-loved classics. Educators can create a custom screening that works best for their students by requesting the film and date of their choice. 10am start time. Minimum 30 students.

All bookings subject to availability.

New for 2016! Reel Injun

A documentary that traces the evolution of cinema’s depiction of First Nations people from the silent film era to today, with clips from hundreds of classic and recent Hollywood movies, and candid interviews with celebrated Indigenous and non-Indigenous film celebrities, activists, film critics and historians, including TIFF’s Director of Film Programmes, Jesse Wente.

Screenings will be followed by a 15-minute discussion facilitated by Jesse Wente to unpack the content of the film and address the questions that it raises.

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$10 K ‐ 12

Students will be inspired by short-film examples and work in small groups to explore pixilation.

Teachers receive one copy of each pixilation within two weeks of the workshop’s completion.

For groups of 12–35 students.

Gr. K-3 Focus on animation through form and pattern.

Gr. 4-12 Learn about the techniques, compositions and technology used in pixilation. Students will capture the stories behind everyday movements we take for granted.

Curriculum Connections Visual Arts, Media Literacy, Drama/Dance, Math (Primary), Language (Junior/Intermediate, High School)

Makeup for Film
$10 4 ‐ 12

Using tools and techniques adapted for each grade, students experiment with creating makeup effects from a given script. In advance of the workshop, teachers may choose between the sci-fi/fantasy or action/horror themes on behalf of their students.

For groups of 12–35 students.

Curriculum Connections Visual Arts, Drama/Dance, Language, Media Literacy, Careers

Film in a Day
$17 4 ‐ 12

A favourite with educators and students of all ages, this workshop encourages students to experience the art of filmmaking first-hand. Working collaboratively, they will write, pitch and shoot a short film. Each class' film will be available for secure download within one week of the workshop's completion. "Film in a Day” can be facilitated in French or English.

Runs from from 10am - 2pm. For groups of 15–24 students.

Curriculum Connections Media Literacy, the Arts, Language/English/French, Character Education, Technology

Sound for Film
$14 1 ‐ 12

In this full-day workshop, students experiment with everyday objects and tablet technology to generate music and Foley effects for a given film clip. Each class’ work will be available for secure download within one week of the workshop’s completion. This workshop can be facilitated in French or English.

Runs from 10am - 2pm. For groups of 12–35 students.

Curriculum Connections Media Literacy, Music, Science and Technology, Language

Doc in a Day
$17 7 ‐ 12

Students plan, pitch and shoot a short documentary that speaks to their own experience or an issue important to them. Each class’ film will be available for secure download within one week of the workshop’s completion. “Doc in a Day” can be facilitated in French or English.

Runs from from 10am - 2pm. For groups of 15–24 students.

Curriculum Connections Media Literacy, the Arts, Language/English/French, Character Education, Technology


TIFF Kids Festival

1 ‐ 8

More than just a day at the movies, the TIFF Kids International Film Festival includes a two-week-long School Programme for elementary-school students, with a compelling selection of features and shorts on diverse subjects presented in a variety of genres and styles.

Each School Programme selection comes with a unique teacher resource designed to support the TIFF Kids Festival experience and extend it to the classroom by connecting the films to many aspects of the Ontario Curriculum.

TIFF Kids International Film Festival takes place annually in April.


1 – 8

digiPlaySpace is an award-winning interactive exhibition where students engage with new-media technologies, learning-centric games and hands-on activities. Featuring new works from internationally acclaimed children’s artists, digiPlaySpace supports diverse learning styles, and boosts new media literacy skills in support of the science, social studies, math, and language arts curricula.

digiPlaySpace takes place annually in the spring.

Next Wave

9 ‐ 12

Programmed for youth aged 14–18, this festival brings the best in film from around the globe, along with an exciting slate of special guests, interactive workshops and a 24-Hour Film Challenge for young filmmakers. Select screenings are free for high school students and are accompanied by Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

Next Wave takes place annually in February.

Get Students Involved

Jump Cuts

4 – 12

Jump Cuts presents short films created for young people, by young people. This high-profile showcase gives selected Ontario filmmakers in the exciting opportunity to see their short films on the big screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Submissions open October 2017 and films are shown during Next Wave and TIFF Kids Film Festivals.

Young People's Juries

4 – 8

The TIFF Kids Festival is committed to involving and engaging children in the critical assessment of films. Through our Young People’s Juries, we continue to create a forum where their voices can be heard.

Submissions open October 2017.

Next Wave Committee


For students in grades 9–12 who love movies and want to get in on the action of planning events year-round at TIFF for your friends and other movie lovers across the city. Applications open in the fall.

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Our Higher Learning series is a free programme that provides Canadian post-secondary and college students a forum in which to examine the moving image from a wide range of approaches and disciplines.

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The Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Canadian Film Scholarship provides access to the Film Reference Library’s extensive resources in support of scholarly contributions related to Canadian Film.


We offer faculty and students free guided tours of our facilities and Film Reference Library. To book a tour for your group, please email

Professional Development

Designed for beginners and experts alike, our Professional Development programme provides educators with the tools to customize their own learning experience. Workshop subjects range from filmmaking to critical film viewing, and can be facilitated at TIFF Bell Lightbox or at conferences, meetings and schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

Workshops can be booked for a minimum of 12 participants. Private film screenings are also available for a minimum of 30 educators.

DID YOU KNOW? All student workshops can be adapted for educators!

Teaching about film

Educators learn about the fundamentals of film — including storyboarding, editing, shot composition and special effects — in order to deepen the discussion of film with their students.

Teaching through film

Using a series of short-film examples, educators explore how cinema can be used to begin theme-based discussions. Film-based exercises linked to the Ontario Curriculum will be provided.

Filmmaking for educators

Modelled after the popular Film in a Day workshop for students, teachers work with a professional filmmaker to pitch, write and shoot their own film — all in one day.

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TIFF School Programmes are supported by the Slaight Family Foundation Learning Fund.

TIFF also gratefully acknowledges the many philanthropic donors who have donated gifts to our learning and outreach programmes. These include the following: BMO Financial Group (BMO Financial Group Learning Fund); CIBC; CIBC Mellon; The Mariano Elia Foundation; The Harbinger Foundation (John VanDuzer Children’s Film Collection); Susan Harris & David Kassie (Susan Harris and David Kassie Social Advocacy Fund); Garrett Herman; Bruce & Cheryl Hooey; Donald Langill; Ben & Ellen-Jane Moss; NBCUniversal; RBC; Sandra Rotman; Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman; Shum Vourkoutiotis Fund at the Toronto Community Foundation; The Slaight Family Foundation; Kent R. Sobey; Mary Anne Shaw.

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