For the Love of Film Fund

For the Love of Film Fund

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As a not-for-profit, every dollar we make from our Festival, from our cinemas, from every bag of popcorn, and from every corner of TIFF, is reinvested in our organization and the work we’re doing to support movies and the extraordinary people that make them.

Together, we can ensure that TIFF remains a vital resource in driving creative expression and engagement with the arts. If you’re able to help, please consider donating to the For the Love of Film fund to keep TIFF strong, so we can be there for film lovers and filmmakers alike for years to come.

Our For the Love of Film Fund serves three critically important goals:


Reimagining the film experience

Part of the joy of cinema is experiencing it together, as a community. Your gift will help us reimagine that communal experience for our audiences. We will continue to pursue exciting new ways to see the world and ourselves through film.

Investing in TIFF’s sustainability and the future of film

Film offers hope, builds empathy, and connects us with one another. Your gift will help ensure we can continue to bring you movie magic, memories, and moments from TIFF Bell Lightbox and during our Festival.

Supporting the film industry

Your gift will help champion the Canadian film industry at home and abroad, ensure ongoing support for emerging Canadian talent and project development, and support diversity and inclusion in film and filmmaking.

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Take your Love of Film even further with A Seat Dedication

Donate $2,500 or more to the For the Love of Film fund and celebrate cinema by naming a seat after your favourite movie.

A Seat Dedication doesn’t just mean celebrating your love of film ― it’s also a way to celebrate family, friends, businesses, or even yourself. It can be used to commemorate a special occasion or honour the memory of a loved one. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who believes in the power of film.

This is why, for the first time, we’re opening Cinema 5 to seat dedications unlike any other. Rather than only naming it after yourself or a loved one, we wanted to continue to commemorate what unites us all ― film.

To request a seat dedication, you can donate online at, by scanning and submitting this form to or by calling us at 416-934-3238.

For the Love of Film Fund Leaders

  • Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation
  • W. Geoffrey Beattie
  • Diane Blake & Stephen Smith
  • Anne-Marie Canning
  • Clark Family Foundation
  • The Daniels Corporation
  • Hudson’s Bay Foundation
  • Nadir & Shabin Mohamed
  • Nütrl™ Vodka
  • David Perlmutter, in memory of Renee Perlmutter
  • The Shen Family Charitable Foundation
  • Jennifer A. Tory
  • Carla & Michael Worb

For the Love of Film Leadership gifts ($25,000+) as of August 17, 2020

Seat Dedication FAQ

What is a seat dedication?

A seat donation or dedication is a way to celebrate your love of film and can be used to commemorate a special occasion or honour the memory of a loved one. Your dedication will be engraved on a plaque and installed on the back of your chosen seat(s).

When does my seat dedication begin?

Seat dedications will be installed approximately six weeks after receipt of your first donation.

Can I pay my seat dedication in installments or via a pledge?

You can pay for seat dedications in monthly, quarterly or multiple installments as long as the total payment is made within twelve months of the first.

If I make a donation to name a seat, will I receive a charitable tax receipt?

Yes, a charitable tax receipt for the full amount of your donation will be emailed to you approximately four weeks after receiving your gift.

Will I be able to choose my seat and cinema?

Yes, you can choose your preferred seat and cinema. Should a seat already have a dedication already attached, we will work with you to find your next preferable option.

Why can I include a film title in seat dedications in Cinema 5?

When we re-envisioned the third floor of the TIFF Lightbox in 2023 as an inspiring gathering space for film lovers, we decided to open Cinema 5 to seat dedications for the very first time. Rather than only naming it after yourself or a loved one, we wanted to celebrate this unique space with a commemoration of what unites us all ― film.

Do I get to sit in my dedicated seat?

Naming a seat does not guarantee use of that seat during events.

I would like to name a seat in honour of a loved one - would you be able to notify them?

We would be happy to notify the honoree of your gift. Please be in touch with us at for further information.

How long will my seat dedication be recognized?

Seat dedications continue for a 10-year period from your first payment. After the 10-year milestone, you will be contacted to renew your dedication.

How will my donation be recognized?

Gifts of $2,500+, donors are recognized on, in the Festival Programme Guide, and in TIFF’s annual report for one year.

Can I split the cost of a seat with a friend or more than one friend?

If you are looking to dedicate a seat through donations from multiple individuals, please connect with us at and we’d be happy to assist.