Films + Talks

TIFF's year round programming provides a platform to watch, discover, and discuss classic and contemporary cinema. Through film screenings and retrospectives, subscription series, and on-stage conversations with expert guests, we invite audiences to deepen their engagement with the moving image.

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Film Programmes

Aabiziingwashi (Wide Awake/Unable to Sleep): Films and Conversations

Running throughout our nation's Sesquicentennial year, this ambitious series pairs film screenings with accompanying talks by subject-matter experts to transform the Cinematheque into a forum for ideas, discussion and debate.

Short Cuts

Our ongoing showcase of the best short films continues with Our Digital Lives, an exploration of how technology has changed the way that we experience the world.

TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings

Martin Scorsese, Robert Bresson, Josef von Sternberg, Marcel Pagnol, David Fincher, Lena Dunham and Rudy Ray Moore (!) are just a few of the auteurs celebrated in our seasonal programme of classics, favourites, rarities and recent restorations.


Formerly The Free Screen and now taking the name of the Festival's acclaimed annual programme, our year-round series of experimental film and video art spotlights Robert Breer, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and the work of Toronto's Funnel Film Collective this season.

Thanks to the Canadian Film Institute; Aimée Mitchell, CFMDC; Eleni Gioti, Light Cone.

Screenings with Talks

Books on Film

Book and film lovers come together to examine great cinema that began as outstanding literature. Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company, sits down with filmmakers, authors and industry experts to discuss the art of adaptation and the sometimes challenging passage from page to screen. Join us in the spring for the next Books on Film series. Learn more

Food on Film

This spring we serve up the sixth edition of our long-running series that brings together chefs, food experts, and film lovers to enjoy the best in culinary cinema and engage in thoughtful conversations about the central role of food in our culture. This season will include three exciting events consisting of screenings and discussions that will be elevated by food samplings, contests, and more! The series begins Spring 2017. Learn more

Seniors' Film Fridays

TIFF is excited to announce another round of screenings and volunteer-led talks as part of Seniors' Film Fridays this February and March! Launched in May 2016, Seniors' Film Fridays is a new programme that engages seniors in the community with free access to movie screenings, post-film discussions, and a behind-the-scenes tour of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Screenings include classic favourites and select new releases. Learn more

Seniors' Film Fridays

Seniors' Film Fridays aims to engage seniors through targeted outreach to seniors' residences, associations, and community groups across the Greater Toronto Area. If you represent a seniors' group and would like to learn more about this programme, please contact

This programme will launch in October 2017. Check back in the fall for more information!

Seniors' Film Fridays is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.

Film Talks

Join us for free Film Talks offered weekly after select screenings. Like a film club, these volunteer-facilitated talks offer an opportunity for visitors to share and engage in conversation with fellow film enthusiasts.
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Upcoming Film Talks

Please check back soon for more Film Talk announcements!

Higher Learning

A free programme that provides Canadian post-secondary students a forum in which to examine the moving image from a wide range of approaches and disciplines. Students can reserve tickets in advance by emailing

Reel Talk

Returning soon: a popular Sunday morning subscription series with two components - Contemporary World Cinema and Sneak Preview - showcasing the best films from around the world followed by engaging discussion. Part of the fun is the surprise: titles are not announced ahead of time, and all screenings are previews of films not yet released. Subscriptions go on-sale to TIFF Members on May 17!

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