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Launched in June 2016, our Seniors’ Film Fridays programme is a free half-day experience at TIFF Bell Lightbox that brings local seniors together to watch classic and contemporary films and share their perspectives at post-screening discussions. Through community outreach and engagement, we work to offer an experience that includes free tickets to relevant films and complimentary refreshments at a post-screening talk facilitated by our experienced Volunteers. In-house screenings are scheduled on select Fridays.

For details on upcoming screenings and how to book tickets, please check the IN-HOUSE SCREENINGS tab. We also organize tailored film screenings in the community space of an organization to redress any barriers that may exist for a group to come to TIFF Bell Lightbox. For more details please visit the OFF-SITE SCREENINGS tab.


“Gets me out of the house to see movies I don’t see very often, with an added bonus of discussing the movies within a social group.”

“It is wonderful to hear the opinions of others. Please continue, this is a wonderful programme!”

“Looking forward to my next visit.”

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

In-House Screenings

TIFF offers a free half-day experience for seniors at TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King Street West. Following the screening, a Volunteer docent will escort patrons to a private space with complimentary refreshments for an exhilarating group discussion about the film. Some examples of films we’ve screened in the past include: The Other Side of Hope, Loving Vincent, Lucky, In the Heat of the Night, Lawrence of Arabia, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Screenings take place on select Fridays and are booked by season, so please check back to see the most up-to-date screening list.

January 18The Immigrant – Screening at 11am*

February 8Love Story – Screening at 1pm*

March 22Summertime – Screening at 11am*

*Please note: Capacity for this FREE screening and discussion has been reached. However, tickets for this film are still available for purchase by browsing our calendar, calling 1-888-599-8433, or visiting the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office.

If you are interested in attending a Seniors’ Film Friday screening and talk, you must reserve your seat by contacting toursandtalks@tiff.net or by calling 416-934-5846. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the volume of interest that we receive, we regret that we cannot guarantee tickets.

Patrons who have reserved tickets may pick them up on the day of the screening at the Seniors’ Film Fridays registration desk located in the atrium of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Ticket pick up date and time will be communicated to you ahead of the screening.

Off-Site Screenings

As part of our programme, we also offer film screenings in an organization’s community space. Our Volunteer Docents will travel to your space with a film that will be followed by a discussion.

Each year we programme three films that are available for off-site screenings. Community groups are then able to select one they would like screened at their facility. Some examples of films we’ve screened in the past are Florence Foster Jenkins, Anomolisa, and The Producers.

If you would like to speak about booking an off-site visit, need more information on the films that we offer, or have questions about the technical requirements, please contact toursandtalks@tiff.net or call 416-934-5846.


Interested in our programme, but not sure if you are able to participate?

We've created Facilitator Guides in conjunction with the Volunteer and Learning Departments to provide the tools for individuals to conduct film talks with a film of their choosing. These guides are meant to be used as a resource for engaging critically with film, and provide a space of inclusion and learning. The guide is available for download here.

Looking to learn more about TIFF and TIFF Bell Lightbox? Consider visiting us for a facility tour. These are free public tours which run Saturdays at 1pm. For available dates, please visit Guided Tours of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Interested in booking a private tour? Please contact toursandtalks@tiff.net for more information.