TIFF Next Wave



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The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival returns to TIFF Lightbox, April 11–14, 2024, bringing young audiences and creators together to explore new voices and perspectives in cinema.

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Battle of the Scores

Battle of the Scores spotlights the next generation of film and music talent by challenging bands to create an original score for a silent short film. The films and their accompanying musical scores will be presented as part of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. Selected artists will be invited to play a set of their music at TIFF Lightbox on April 12, where the winner for BEST SCORE will be announced.

If your band has what it takes to create an original score for a short film, apply by February 11, 2024.


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TIFF Next Wave Presents

For the next generation of movie lovers, selections curated by the TIFF Next Wave Committee! Tickets are free for TIFF Under-25 passholders.

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Next Wave Under 25 Pass

TIFF Under-25 Free Pass

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Founded in 2010, the TIFF Next Wave Committee is a group of 12 students ranging in age from 15 to 18 and selected from a competitive pool of hopeful young film enthusiasts. Hailing from specialized arts institutions, public schools, and private schools across the GTA, the Committee members’ tastes, opinions, and critical voices are as diverse as they are strong. Some are aspiring filmmakers, writers, and actors; some are interested in learning the business of film and festivals; some like planning cultural events; and some just love movies. All have demonstrated a spirit that has impressed TIFF leaders. With the guidance of TIFF staff, the Committee is charged with planning some major teen-oriented events at TIFF Lightbox, including the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.