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TIFF Cinematheque: Fall 2019

News from Home: The Films of Chantal Akerman
November 1 - December 14

TIFF Wavelengths programmer Andréa Picard and longtime Akerman collaborator Claire Atherton curate this tribute to the late Belgian master, whose work has become a cornerstone of cinematic modernism, minimalism, and feminism.

Scorsese: A Retrospective
November 22 - January 4

To mark the release of the American master’s highly anticipated new film The Irishman, we present the first-ever TIFF Cinematheque retrospective of a filmmaker whose entire oeuvre constitutes “one of the source points of modern movies” (Roger Ebert).

In the Realm of Oshima: The Best of Japanese Master Nagisa Oshima
November 14 - December 7

This select retrospective confirms the boundary-pushing radical’s status as perhaps the greatest director of postwar Japanese cinema.

TIFF Cinematheque Special Screenings
October 4 - December 24

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

25 Years of Mongrel Media
October 30 - November 29

A quarter-century salute to the Toronto distributor that brought the films of many top international auteurs to Canadian audiences, while also providing unsurpassed support to Canadian filmmakers.

Colin Geddes' KinoVortex
October 5 - December 7

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

Short Cuts
November 3 - November 20

The annual Sundance Shorts Tour touches down in this season’s edition of our showcase of international short cinema.

MDFF Selects: Presented by Cinema Scope and TIFF
October 10 - December 12

Exciting new films from Canada, China, and Austria comprise this edition of our showcase of the world’s best, most challenging, and most provocative new international cinema.

Magnificent 70mm
December 25 - January 5

Spend your winter in widescreen with this series of classics, screening in glorious 70mm prints.

Boosie Fade Film Club
October 3 - November 7

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.

See the North
October 9 - December 4

A long-lost Canuxploitation classic and a key document of Toronto hip-hop culture kick off this season of our free series of Canadian cinematic treasures.

October 8 - December 5

Toronto-based video-art pioneer Lisa Steele receives a three-night tribute as part of our ongoing programme dedicated to experimental cinema.

Screenings with Talks

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Exhibitions + Parties

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


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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