Educators

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 learning@tiff.net. 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. 

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Hands-on Workshops

Hands-on Workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 27, 2016 through June 22, 2017.

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

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

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

Pixilation
$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

digiPlaySpace
1 ‐ 8$9*

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.

We are now accepting bookings for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from February 22 through April 6, 2017.
School tours are one hour in length during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival but can be booked for two hours during February and March.

*$9 per person for one-hour tour
$15 per person for two-hour visit or digiPlaySpace and film combo. See what's screening in our Spring Forward Film Programme!

Film Screenings

For all film screenings, one complimentary supervisor ticket is provided for every 10 paid student tickets.

Screenings

$9 7 ‐ 12

September-June, Tues-Thurs

TIFF offers school group screenings of newly released films and much-loved classics. Educators can create a custom screening that works best for classes by requesting the film and date of their choice. English, French and subtitled films can be screened. For greatest flexibility, please contact us at least four weeks in advance of your desired screening date.

All bookings are subject to availability. All screenings start at 10AM. Minimum 30 people.

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Reel Injun

$9 7 ‐ 12

September-June, Tues-Thurs

New for 2016! Reel Injun is 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.

All bookings are subject to availability. All screenings start at 10AM. Minimum 30 people.

TIFF Kids Festival
1 ‐ 8$9*

April 2017

More than just a day at the movies, the (TIFF Kids International Film Festival)[/kids] 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.

*$9 per person or
$15 per person for two-hour visit or digiPlaySpace and film combo

Spring Forward Film Programme

In anticipation of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, school groups can screen past festival favourites and take in a tour of the award winning children’s interactive exhibition, digiPlaySpace.

Films are tied to the Ontario Curriculum by an accompanying teacher resource.

Select dates from February 23 through April 6, 2017. All screenings start at 11AM.

$9 per person. $15 per person for film-and-digiPlaySpace combo

Landfill Harmonic

dir. Graham Townsley

6 ‐ 8

Screening February 23, March 23, April 5

Built on a massive landfill site, the community of Cateura, Paraguay, has such limited resources that many of its citizens make their living by selling items recycled from the trash. But among this struggling population stands a beacon of hope: The Recycled Orchestra.

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Landfill Harmonic

6 ‐ 8

dir. Graham Townsley
Paraguay/Brazil/USA
2014
Spanish
85 mins

Built on a massive landfill site, the community of Cateura, Paraguay, has such limited resources that many of its citizens make their living by selling items recycled from the trash. But among this struggling population stands a beacon of hope: The Recycled Orchestra. The youth orchestra began with few instruments, so founder Favio Chávez turned to the self-taught instrument maker Cola to repurpose oil cans, scrap metal, wood and bottle caps in to working instruments. The orchestra travels the world with their recycled instruments, sometimes accompanying famous artists and appearing on television. Life seems hopeful — until trouble strikes at home. This inspiring documentary follows young people who make unbelievable music while living the motto: "The world sends us garbage... We send back music."

Content Advisory: mention of parent who drinks too much and acts violently, damage to homes caused by natural disaster, youth in difficult living situations

February 23, March 23, April 5


Le Petit Prince

dir. Mark Osborne

3 ‐ 5

Screening March 2 & 22, April 4

For generations since it was first published in 1943, Le Petit Prince has charmed both children and adults with its memorable story of a little prince from outer space and the airplane pilot he befriends.

Screening in french

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Le Petit Prince

3 ‐ 5

dir. Mark Osborne
France
2015
French
108 mins.

For generations since it was first published in 1943, Le Petit Prince has charmed both children and adults with its memorable story of a little prince from outer space and the airplane pilot he befriends. In this animated update inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's beloved novella, the nine-year-old Little Girl and her workaholic single mother move to a new neighbourhood so she can attend an elite prep school. The Little Girl is unable to make new friends — until one day when, with a loud bang, an airplane propeller lodges itself in the side of her house. Enter her elderly and eccentric neighbour, The Aviator, who opens the Little Girl's eyes to the power of imagination. The Aviator entrances her with the story of a pilot who, while stranded in the blazing desert, meets a young prince who has fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. Director Mark Osborne has recaptured Saint-Exupéry's magic and made the fable accessible to a new generation of young audiences.

Content Advisory: Some scenes may be frightening for young viewers.

March 2 & 22, April 4


Think on It
1 ‐ 3

Screening February 28, March 9 & 28

In this delightful collection of short films, the characters take a creative approach to problem solving.

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Think on It

1 ‐ 3

66 mins.
Some films within this programme are subtitled. Subtitles will be read aloud by an experienced reader.

In this delightful collection of short films, the characters take a creative approach to problem solving.

Tiny’s New Home
dir. Justin Hayward
USA
2015
English

A little girl's new goldfish, Tiny, keeps jumping out of its bowl. Despite the girl's attempts to make Tiny's home more hospitable, he just won't stay put. Out of ideas, she turns to a friend, and together they set out to find Tiny a new place to live.

The Magic Ferret
dir. Justin Hayward
Canada
2013
English

Six-year-old Sam and his pet ferret Booger work together to put on a life-changing magic show.

The Best Sound in the World
dir. Pedro Paulo De Andrade
Brazil
2015
Portuguese

While some people collect cars or stamps, Vinicius collects sounds.On a quest to find "the best sound in the world," Vinicius seeks high and low with his tape recorder in tow — but how will he know the best sound when he finally finds it?

Stone Soup
dir. Clementine Robach
Belgium/France
2015
French

In an update of the famous folktale, an apartment building's power goes out in the middle of a cooking show. With no one able to complete the recipe, residents come together to create a delicious soup.

SOAR
dir. Alyce Tzue
USA
2014
No dialogue

A precocious young girl makes a new friend when a tiny boy pilot drops out of the sky in a broken flying machine.

Sky Color
dir. Gary Goldberger, John Lechner & Peter H. Reynolds
USA
2012
English

When Marisol is asked to paint a mural for the school wall, she is determined to be creative in her approach — especially since there is no blue paint available for her to depict the sky. As she begins to tune in to the rich array of colours that surround her, both in her daily life and in the magical realm of her dreams, she discovers a technique that is both unique and beautiful.

My 2014 Neighbor
dir. Anya Zulueta
Philippines
2015
Filipino

Having never met in person, two girls play together from the facing windows of their respective apartments. But will their friendship change when one of the girls crosses the street and they finally meet up-close?

Jonah and the Crab
dir. Laurel Cohen
USA
2012
English

A young boy finds a hermit crab on the beach and a wonderful friendship develops — but when he’s faced with a tough choice, the boy learns that sometimes the right decision is not always the easiest.

February 28, March 9 & 28


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 now open

TIFF Kids Young People's Jury

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.

Now accepting entires.

Next Wave Committee

9–12

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.

Find out more.

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.

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.

School tours are one hour in length during the TIFF Kids International Film Festival but can be booked for two hours during February and March.

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