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For over 20 years, TIFF has partnered with educators to introduce the transformative power of film and filmmaking to students across Ontario.

Through our cross-curricular programming, TIFF offers classes from all subject areas, providing students of all needs and abilities access to both film screenings and hands-on workshop opportunities. Core concepts and key technologies are combined through the moving image, allowing students to develop creativity and critical thinking skills while exploring new perspectives from a diversity of voices.

We hope to welcome you and your class to one of our learning programmes during the 2019–2020 school year!

TIFF School Programmes are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from September 24, 2019 to June 19, 2020.

Booking Information

Looking to book your class for one of TIFF's school offerings? Please fill out the Educator Booking Inquiry Form and someone from our Youth Learning team will get back to you shortly.

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Download the 2019–20 School Programming Brochure

Looking to book your class for one of TIFF's school offerings? Choose from a range of half-day and full-day hands-on workshops and screenings!

TIFF School Programmes are offered between Tuesdays and Fridays, from September 24, 2019 to June 19, 2020, unless otherwise indicated. Programmes are subject to availability and change.

Bookings open June 19, 2019.

To submit a booking request, please complete our Educator Booking Inquiry Form.

See our booking policies.

Financial Assistance

TIFF Pocket Fund is a subsidy initiative created to ensure that children, youth, and families from all circumstances have the opportunity to enjoy the educational and cultural experiences offered through TIFF.

Applications open for 2019–2020: June 19, 2019

Deadline to apply for 2019–2020: March 13, 2020

See our Financial Assistance programme.

Submit a 2019–2020 Pocket Fund Application

TIFF Bell Lightbox is committed to offering an equitable and accessible learning environment for students and teachers. Accommodation requests must be submitted in writing and in advance. School programming that can be adapted will be modified with teacher guidance in an effort to best support the needs of all learners. Phonic Ear Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) are available and compatible with any screening.

Please note: Booking requests should be made a minimum of three weeks in advance of your desired date(s). Once a booking request has been submitted, educators will be contacted by a member of the TIFF School Programmes team within three school days to confirm programme availability.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

Phone: 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433 (Press 2 for school bookings)

All programming, unless otherwise noted, is facilitated at TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, at the northwest corner of King and John Streets in Toronto.

Booking Policies

School programming can be booked for classes from grade 9 to 12, and for groups of high-school educators.

1. Programme Hold: A reservation confirmation form must be completed and returned to TIFF by the teacher who has booked the event. If the completed form has not been returned by the specified date, TIFF reserves the right to release the reservation. Following the return of the confirmation form to TIFF, a deposit will be required.

2. Fees: For workshops and private screenings, the minimum participant numbers must be met. If a group consists of fewer than the minimum number of participants, the group must pay for the minimum number. For the TIFF Youth Film Series, groups must pay for the minimum programme fee, which is 50% of the total number of participants booked. TIFF recognizes that class attendance will fluctuate. The final fee will be calculated based on the total number of students present, or the minimum number of participants required (as indicated on the confirmation form) — whichever is greater. Payment is due in full before the start of each programme. Payment may be made by school-issued cheque, credit card, or cash. Cheques should be made payable to Toronto International Film Festival Inc. TIFF prefers Visa.

3. Deposits: A deposit of 50% of the total estimated fee will be required to hold all bookings. The deposit is refundable up to 20 school days prior to the programme date.

4. Cancellations: In the event of cancellation, TIFF must receive written notice no less than 20 school days before the scheduled programme, or the minimum fee will be charged. Bookings made less than 20 school days before the date of the visit are considered confirmed at the time of booking. For groups that cancel with less than 20 school days’ notice, TIFF will retain the deposit, if paid, or invoice accordingly. For schools scheduled for any film programme that is part of the TIFF Youth Film Series or a TIFF Curated Film List screening, no cancellations will be permitted after signing and returning the booking confirmation form. Cancellation due to severely inclement weather or force majeure is exempt.

5. Late Arrival: If a class arrives more than 15 minutes late for a scheduled programme, TIFF reserves the right to make alterations to scheduled programming in order to accommodate the change in schedule.

Pocket Fund

Applications open for 2018–2019: June 19, 2019
Deadline to apply for 2018–2019: March 13, 2020

TIFF Pocket Fund is a subsidy initiative created to ensure that youth and families from all circumstances have the opportunity to enjoy the educational and cultural experiences offered through TIFF.

To access Pocket Fund:

1. Submit one application per school for the 2019–2020 school year via the online form. The deadline is March 13, 2020, but schools are encouraged to apply early to ensure booking opportunities.

2. Results will be delivered within three weeks of the application receipt date. Schools are encouraged to apply at least six weeks in advance of a desired visit. Once results are delivered, all classes from a qualified school will have access to a certain number of subsidized workshops and screenings over the course of the current school year, as outlined in the results package. This is to ensure equitable subsidy and booking opportunities across all schools. Requests for workshops and/or screenings beyond those offered in the original results package will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

3. Fill out the Educator Booking Inquiry Form online to request workshop or screening dates, and be sure to indicate that the class is coming from a qualified school.

Find the Pocket Fund application form online at
Find the Educator Booking Inquiry Form online at

TIFF School Programmes are supported by the Slaight Family Foundation.

Learning Through Doing

TIFF offers hands-on filmmaking workshops to enable students to better understand film-production concepts, recognize the application of these skills in media they are familiar with, and use this knowledge to better express themselves creatively.

TIFF School Workshops are accompanied by teacher resources aimed to reinforce and solidify students’ learning outcomes, elevate the engagement of their experience, and ultimately empower them to pursue their own creative endeavours. All teacher resources are connected to the Ontario Curriculum.

TIFF Bell Lightbox is committed to offering equitable and accessible learning environments for students and teachers. School programming will be modified, with teacher guidance, in an effort to best support the needs of all learners.

Learning Through Viewing

The films screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox enable students to recognize key themes, learn about the historical context of the film’s setting, and develop media literacy skills to appreciate new perspectives and diverse representation in the world of cinema. TIFF is committed to developing educational screenings and further resources that foster a deeper connection to 21st-century learning and creativity, shaped around critical thinking and media literacy.

Please note that each educator will receive one complimentary supervisor ticket per 10 paid student tickets.

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Annual Events

TIFF Jump Cuts High-School Filmmakers Showcase

The TIFF Jump Cuts High-School Filmmakers Showcase celebrates the innovative films being created in classrooms across Ontario, spotlighting the most creative and promising films — regardless of previous filmmaking experience. This high-profile event offers classes the opportunity to see their short films on the big screen at TIFF Bell Lightbox, making it the ideal way to encourage filmmaking in your classroom and to celebrate your class’s filmmaking achievements.

TIFF Next Wave Festival

February 2020, for high-school students

Programmed for youth by youth, this festival features the best in film from around the globe, along with an exciting slate of special guests; the Young Creators Co-Lab, which features a full day of Industry programming; and the 24-Hour Film Challenge. Most screenings are free for anyone under 25 and are accompanied by Q&A sessions with filmmakers.

TIFF Next Wave Committee

Founded in 2010, the TIFF Next Wave Committee consists of 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 Greater Toronto Area, 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 Bell Lightbox, including the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is supported by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Arts Council.

Learning Tours

In addition to your school workshop or screening, add a tour of TIFF Bell Lightbox or the Film Reference Library at no additional cost!

In-School Programmes

TIFF recognizes the need to address geographic barriers for schools across the Greater Toronto Area by offering select programmes that can be held in-school.