Media Inclusion Initiative

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Media Inclusion Initiative

Inclusion in film doesn’t end on the set. TIFF believes it’s equally important to ensure that the press who report on, critique, and publicize films represent a diversity of perspectives. That’s why we designed the Media Inclusion Initiative, which provides financial support to equity-seeking members of the accredited press who wish to attend TIFF in a professional capacity.

In 2022, our objective is to select up to 100 participants to receive press accreditation and prominent placement in the Media Inclusion Directory, which will be shared with Festival film publicists.

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Additionally, participants will have access to:

  • A speaker series with film-industry professionals
  • Additional support from the TIFF Communications team
  • Networking opportunities
  • TIFF social media interaction and amplification
  • Mentorship opportunities

As part of the application for the Media Inclusion Initiative, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of one-on-one mentorship slots with experienced members of the TIFF press corps. Mentors will serve as an additional resource, assisting participants in navigating the Festival and providing career guidance and tips.

We invite all press to apply who:

  • identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour; and/or
  • identify as LGBTQ+; and/or
  • identify as a woman, trans, non-binary, and/or two-spirit; and/or
  • have a disability


have been accredited at the Toronto International Film Festival for one year or less.

Submissions will open in spring 2022. Have a question? Please reach out to

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