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Camps and workshops

Our camps and workshops offer children an exciting adventure in filmmaking. See our Camps FAQ for more details.

Teachers can book workshops for their class during the school year (see below).


We offer fun, educational activities for kids year-round. Check out the award-winning digiPlaySpace in the spring, or check back to find out when we're hosting free drop-in activities like face-painting and meet-and-greets.

TIFF Kids International Film Festival

Check out screenings of newly released films and much-loved classics at TIFF Bell Lightbox. See what's on now


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.

Looking to book your class for one of TIFF's school offerings? Please fill out the Educator Booking Inquiry Form and someone from our Youth Learning team will get back to you within one (1) business day. See our booking policies.

Educator Booking Inquiry Form

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. 

Hands-On Workshops

Hands-on Workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 26, 2017 through June 21, 2018.


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

Teacher Professional Development

Designed for beginners and experts alike, our Professional Development programme provides educators with the tools to customize their own learning experience.

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Higher Learning

A key initiative of TIFF is to mentor and advocate for post-secondary students, faculty, and emerging practitioners. Through panel discussions, lectures, and interviews with various creators and scholars, TIFF’s Higher Learning programme creates a forum to examine the moving image from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines.

Upcoming Events

Tickets to Higher Learning events are free. Individual students can reserve tickets in advance and group tickets can be requested by emailing

Spotlight on the Trades

Friday, November 17
11:00 a.m.

Bill Morrison on Dawson City: Frozen Time

Monday, November 20
7:00 p.m.

Past Events + Digital Resources

Check out the Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub for past events and supplementary research material.


Higher Learning is pleased to offer post-secondary students and faculty free guided tours of the TIFF Bell Lightbox facilities, TIFF’s Film Reference Library, and the Canadian Film Gallery (located on the 4th floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox).

Facilities Tour: This tour highlights some of the many curatorial, community-based and educational initiatives, and will include a brief history of TIFF as well as the architectural design of TIFF Bell Lightbox, which is located at the heart of the Entertainment District in Toronto.

Film Reference Library Tour: TIFF’s Film Reference Library is the ultimate resource for filmmakers, students, researchers, screenwriters and film and television professionals. One of our librarians will share highlights from our collection in a behind-the-scenes tour of the private stacks.

Exhibitions Tour: A tour of the Canadian Film Gallery, located on the 4th floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox, can also be arranged for students and faculty, when available.

Tours are available Tuesday through Friday, 9am–5pm.

If you would like to book a library, exhibition or facilities tour for you and your students, please contact Please indicate the size of your group as well your ideal schedule. Please do make sure to submit your request at least two weeks before your requested dates and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Grants + Scholarships


The Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Canadian Film Scholarship

The deadline to submit an application for the 2018 Scholarship has been extended to Monday, January 15, 2018. For the Call for Applications in French and English, visit

For four decades, TIFF has been committed to transforming the way people see the world through film. An extension of our initiatives is the Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Canadian Film Scholarship for the development of scholarly contributions related to Canadian film.

The successful applicant is given a stipend of $1,000, a designated office space, and the opportunity to participate in Higher Learning programming. The Jeffrey and Sandra Lyons Canadian Film Scholarship is generously supported by the Jeffrey & Sandra Lyons Endowment Fund at TIFF.

Past Recipients
2017 – Mary Arnatt
2016 – Jeremy Mathers
2015 – Catherine Quantz



TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant

The deadline to apply has passed.

In an effort to foster the next generation of filmmakers, TIFF and ESPN Films are honoured to partner together to present the TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant, which will provide support to an emerging film and media creator 30 years of age or under who is pursuing, or will undertake, the creation of a short-form documentary film that considers issues of social and cultural importance through the lens of sport and/or athletics. Through financial support and mentorship opportunities, the Grant will encourage and catalyze an emerging filmmaker towards the realization of their project.

ESPN and TIFF believe in the power of film and media to advocate for social change – to this end, we actively seek project proposals that highlight athletic groups, organizations, and participants using sport and athletics to create impact in their communities. The successful recipient will be awarded $25,000 CAD to use towards the development, production or post-production of their film. The recipient will also receive professional consultation and project notes from industry professionals identified by ESPN and TIFF, networking assistance, access to TIFF Film Reference Library resources and a student pass to the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Industry Conference where they will be exposed to industry professionals.

The TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant is generously supported by ESPN.

To be considered for the Grant, the following eligibility requirements must be met by the applicant:
  • Must be a film and media creator 30 years of age or under at the time of application
  • Must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;
  • Demonstrated experience in film production (preferably with experience directing 2+ short films);
  • As part of TIFF's commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the Canadian film and media industries, we encourage and prioritize applications from diverse groups. We encourage you to self-identify in your application.
Terms & Conditions
  • Project proposal must be for a short-form documentary with an intended length of 10-40 minutes;
  • Project proposal must be for a short-form documentary that considers issues of social and cultural importance through the lens of sport and/or athletics;
  • Project proposal can be in the advanced stages of development, production, or post-production;
  • Project must not have aired on any platform or have been screened publicly;
  • All applicants will be notified by December 2017 as to the status of their application.
Selection Criteria
The following criteria will be used to determine the successful application:

  • The originality and sophistication of the topic, approach, and contextualization of sport and/or athletics;
  • Feasibility of project completion;
  • The applicant’s need for the TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant;
  • Previous experience and career trajectory of the applicant.
Application Components
To be considered for the TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant, applicants should supply the following:

  1. A project proposal, treatment, or storyboard outlining the form, style, and arc of the project. The proposal should be no more than four pages and can include images and visuals.
  2. A statement of purpose that expands upon your connection to the project and its importance, as well as an assessment of the types of mentorship and development that your project would benefit from. This statement should be no more than 500 words.
  3. A project timeline, outlining the major steps required to complete the film.
  4. A budget detailing how the $25,000 CAD prize money will be spent.
  5. CV of the submitting applicant and bios of key collaborators and crew members.
  6. Sample footage of the project, if already underway. If project footage is unavailable, two samples of prior work should be submitted instead (please submit complete works rather than a reel; submitted footage must be on online video-streaming platform or DVD).
  7. A list of three references with knowledge of your work.
How to Submit

Please submit all written components as a single PDF or Word document by 5pm on October 30, 2017. All applications must be submitted via email to All applications are considered confidential.

Apply via Email

Discounted Industry Conference Passes
at TIFF and TIFF Kids

Geared towards inspiring both the current and next generation of content creators, TIFF’s Industry Conferences feature a diverse group of international experts who, through keynotes, panel discussions, and presentations, will focus on the creative process, financing, marketing, distribution, diversity in the industry and the future of content. University and college scholars, faculty, and students who are currently enrolled in, or are recent graduates of film, media, arts, animation, or broadcasting programmes, are eligible to receive a special rate to conference events as part of the Toronto International Film Festival in September as well as TIFF Kids in April.

To receive information about the Discounted Industry Conference Passes please subscribe to receive student or faculty e-newsletters. For more information on Industry Conference programming, please visit


Tickets + Membership

Tickets to Higher Learning:

Advance bookings for groups: Faculty members and administrators can reserve blocks of tickets for their classes. If you are interested in reserving a block of tickets, please send your request to, noting the event name in the subject heading.

Advance bookings for students: Individual students can reserve one (1) ticket in advance using the registration form found on the event page. Please note that you must use a valid post-secondary email address when booking your tickets.

Same day ticket availability: The remaining ticket inventory will be made available on a first-come, first- served basis as early as two-hours before the event start time. Tickets are limited to one per person and are available one hour before the event's start time at TIFF Bell Lightbox's Box Office, located at 350 King Street West.

Please note that you may be asked to present a college or university faculty/staff card when picking up your tickets.

Visit TIFF year-round:

Individuals with a valid student card are eligible for discounts on tickets throughout the year at TIFF Bell Lightbox and on Membership.

Join TIFF!

TIFF Members enjoy exclusive savings, pre-sales, access to the Bell Blue Room Members’ Lounge, special offers at local restaurants & shops, and more! Best of all: Students receive a special Membership rate of $49! Find out more and join at

Discounted tickets for Under 25 at TIFF 17:

New this year, individuals who are 25 years of age and younger can purchase discounted tickets to weekday, day-time screenings.

Reel Heritage

Launched in November 2014 as a joint initiative of TIFF Higher Learning and the Film Reference Library (FRL), Reel Heritage engages and educates audiences about the importance of the preservation of the film medium. Made possible through support from the Government of Canada and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and TIFF’s community of donors and members, Reel Heritage brings post-secondary students together with film scholars, archivists, filmmakers and curators in a series of free educational sessions that examine the challenges and the opportunities facing moving-image collections in Ontario and beyond.

Connecting Communities + Cultures:
The Vital Role of Libraries, Archives,
and Museums in the Arts

Libraries, archives and museums are vital hubs of activity that facilitate education and community building, and function as keepers of public memory. They collect, exhibit and make available heritage materials that catalyze imagination, cultivate knowledge and solidify our understanding of our shared cultural histories. Connecting Communities + Cultures: The Vital Role of Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the Arts is a two-day symposium as part of TIFF’s Reel Heritage initiative that offers professional development sessions for emerging librarians, archivists and students looking to enter the field.

The deadline to apply to participate in the symposium has passed. Applicants will be notified as to the status of their application by Friday, October 13.

More Information

Past Reel Heritage Events

Reel Heritage: Film Archives and Scholarship

Featuring leading figures in the field of libraries, archives, film and new media, this panel discussion examined how moving image–based collections are utilized in the creation of new scholarship and media projects. Watch

Reel Heritage: The Materiality of Cinema

Media archivist Christina Stewart details the material history of the film medium, including the various tools of the motion-picture handlers. Watch

Reel Heritage: Rick Prelinger on The Future of Memory

Founder of the Prelinger Archives, Rick Prelinger delivered a lecture on the future of archives in the digital era and the innovations that cultural heritage institutions are experimenting with today. Watch

Reel Heritage: Film Ephemera and Collections Management

Film archive experts discussed curatorial strategies around moving-image–related artifacts and ephemera. Watch

Reel Heritage: Project and Protect

Expert guests shared the skills and best practices they have gained from their experiences in the projection booths of film festivals and art house cinemas in North America and beyond. Watch

Reel Heritage: Giovanna Fossati on Exploring Film Heritage

Giovanna Fossati, Chief Curator at the EYE Filmmuseum, discussed her extensive research in film preservation and heritage prior to a screening of rare silent short films. Watch

For more books and articles related to Reel Heritage in our Film Reference Library, view our Library Guide.

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