Films, workshops, camps, and activities for all ages.
For kids & family screenings of newly-released films and much-loved classics, see what’s playing now at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
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.
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.
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 are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from September 27, 2016 through June 22, 2017.
For all film screenings, one complimentary supervisor ticket is provided for every 10 paid student tickets.
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.
Higher Learning programming will reconvene in the Fall. Check this page in September for more details.
Check out the Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub for past events and supplementary research material.
In this roundtable discussion, filmmakers, film scholars and programmers explored both the connections and divergences between the 4th and 5th Generations of Chinese filmmakers. Watch
Film scholar and curator Aboubakar Sanogo presented a lecture for students and faculty on the work of the Lumière brothers in and on Africa and the resulting films they produced between 1896 and 1903. Watch
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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 email@example.com. All applications are considered confidential.
On August 10, TIFF will present a three-hour Film Treatment Workshop in Toronto for TIFF + ESPN Emerging Filmmaker Grant applicants to workshop their applications with film industry professionals. Those planning to submit an application to the Grant are encouraged to attend. For more information on the Film Treatment Workshop, including the next steps to register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Space at the workshop is limited. Please send an email expressing interest by August 3, 2017.
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 will be 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.
The call for applicants is posted on TIFF’s Careers Page annually in the Fall.
2017 – Mary Arnatt
2016 – Jeremy Mathers
2015 – Catherine Quantz
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 tiff.net/industry.
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 email@example.com, 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.
Individuals with a valid student card are eligible for discounts on tickets throughout the year at TIFF Bell Lightbox and on Membership.
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 tiff.net/membership.
New this year, individuals who are 25 years of age and younger can purchase discounted tickets to weekday, day-time screenings.
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.
Past Reel Heritage Events
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
Media archivist Christina Stewart details the material history of the film medium, including the various tools of the motion-picture handlers. Watch
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
Film archive experts discussed curatorial strategies around moving-image–related artifacts and ephemera. Watch
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
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.