TIFF Next Wave



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Portrait of the 2024 Next Wave Committee

Have you ever dreamed of programming a film festival? 🎬

We are recruiting new members for the 2024–25 TIFF Next Wave Committee! Applications are open to high-school students across the GTA. Check out our application and submit to nextwave@tiff.net by May 20.

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Experience Next Wave



TIFF Next Wave Presents

A monthly screening series 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

That's right, free movies – plus a whole bunch of other perks.

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Summer 48-Hour Film Challenge

This annual challenge invites teams of young creators to produce a short film in only 48 hours 🎥

The next challenge takes place in July 2024. Stay tuned for registration details.

Film Club

Film Club is a gathering space for emerging artists in Toronto to connect with industry guests, learn about all things film, and meet like minded creators for secret screenings and more.

Join Film Club to stay up to date on upcoming events.

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Submit to TIFF Next Wave

Submissions for 2025 TIFF Next Wave Film Festival will open in November.

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Feeling Nostalgic?

Check out what happened at the 2024 TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.

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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.