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TIFF Cinematheque

TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings
May 7 – September 2

An ongoing series of classics, favourites, rarities, and recent restorations.

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Boosie Fade Film Club
May 9 & July 25

The Boosie Fade crew brings the party to the Lightbox with this ongoing series of cult classics that have made a huge impact on hip-hop and R&B culture.

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Short Cuts
May 15 – August 22

Bringing the best of Canadian and international short films to Toronto all year round.

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See the North
May 15 – July 17

Formerly Canadian Open Vault, this series offers free screenings of Canadian classics every season.

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MDFF Selects: Presented by Cinema Scope and TIFF
May 16 – August 15

The independent Toronto production company MDFF (Medium Density Fibreboard Films) and Cinema Scope Magazine partner to bring the world’s best, most challenging, and most provocative new international cinema to TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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Colin Geddes' KinoVortex
May 18 - August 17

A monthly showcase of bonkers B films, arthouse gems, genre classics and mindbenders of every variety.

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May 21 - July 11

Bringing experimental film and video art, hybrid documentaries, essay films and other personal expressions to a curious and engaged audience.

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Rules of the Game: The Best of Jean Renoir
June 6 – July 7

With the masterpieces La Grande Illusion and The Rules of the Game, Renoir established himself as one of the greatest directors in history, as evidenced by this film lover’s treasure trove.

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Buster's Best: Keaton Classics Restored
June 8 – July 6

Fresh 4K restorations of films from the godfather of physical comedy, or, as Roger Ebert called him, “the greatest actor-director in the history of the movies.”

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Insolent Enigma/Arrogant Auteur: Marlene Dietrich & Josef von Sternberg
June 8 – September 1

Following their canonical first collaboration on The Blue Angel, this legendary pair brought lavish European style to Hollywood in landmark films Morocco and Shanghai Express.

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David Lynch: The Big Dream
July 5 – August 18

Revisit the essential work that forever changed both the big and small screens, charting the director’s ascension from cult favourite to cultural icon.

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Time After Time: The Films of Alain Resnais
July 18 – August 24

Meditations on memory and imagined pasts fill the work of this “Left Bank” legend, immortalized for the devastating footage he captured of Nazi concentration camps in Night and Fog.

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Godard in the '60s: Breathless to Weekend
June 13 – July 16

Explore the most celebrated period of the French master’s career, from his influential first feature to his apocalyptic “fin de cinéma.”

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Rendezvous in August: Discovering Jacques Becker
August 1 - August 17

We shine a spotlight on one of the most underappreciated directors in French cinema, whose varied work includes crime classic Touchez pas au grisbi and the romantic masterpiece Casque d'or.

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Jeanne Moreau, L'Immortelle
August 9 – September 2

See why Orson Welles called this New Wave star “the greatest actress in the world,” in this lineup of her collaborations with such masters as Truffaut, Buñuel, Demy, and more.

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Here and Now: Contemporary Arab Women Filmmakers
August 15 – August 27

An invaluable overview of a vital and growing cinema that remains lamentably underscreened in North America.

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Screenings with Talks

Films + Talks

We welcome leading figures in film, culture, entertainment, and education every season at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Want to see who's joining us soon?

Books On Film

Hosted by the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel, Books on Film returns for its ninth season to explore the intersections of cinema and literature.

Reel Talk: Contemporary World Cinema

Reel Talk: Contemporary World Cinema provides a global snapshot of the best cinema from around the world, with a focus on non-English-language, art-house films that may not see wide release.

Secret Movie Club

Be the first to see some of the year's most exciting new films! Formerly known as Reel Talk: Sneak Preview, Secret Movie Club showcases the best of independent cinema before it hits Toronto theatres, from highly anticipated festival favourites, to small-budget indies, to the year’s most buzzworthy art-house films.

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.

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. Check out "Higher Learning" events in our calendar.

Exhibitions + Parties

Join us for exhibitions and parties throughout the year at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

TIFF Trivia Showdown

Ever wanted to walk the red carpet at the Festival? Attend the hottest TIFF parties? Test your trivia mettle and win great prizes as we raise money for TIFF's Mental Health Outreach programme!

Film Farm: 25 Years of the Independent Imaging Retreat

View highlights from 25 years of artisanal cinema and discover hand-processed filmmaking! June 25-July 19 in the Film Reference Library, on the 4th floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Free!


Discover Toronto's wickedest costume party. Coming back to TIFF Bell Lightbox this October.

Past Exhibitions

Since opening in 2010, TIFF Bell Lightbox has housed several exhibitions including David Cronenberg: Evolution, Designing 007 - 50 Years of Bond Style, Tim Burton, and Stanley Kubrick.

David Cronenberg: Virtual Exhibition

Explore the films of Canada’s pre-eminent filmmaker through behind-the-scenes images, artifacts, interviews, and academic investigations of David Cronenberg and his work.

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