TIFF Next Wave 2021



TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. February 12-15, 2021.



So the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival runs February 12–15, and we were wondering if we could use your couch? Hear us out: Kick things off with Battle of the Scores and the Opening Night Party, join a chat with Finn Wolfhard, binge on a Movie Marathon guaranteed to be A Trip, connect with filmmakers for tips and inspiration in the Young Creators Co-Lab, and watch virtual screenings of brand new films on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox (free for anyone under 25). Keep your cell phones on, talk during the movies, and bring snacks into the theatre (your living room) because it’s all online and available anywhere in Canada. Deal?

Ticket Info

Official Selection films for those under 25 – FREE
Official Selection films for those 25 and up – $9.03
Movie Marathon single film (all ages) – $5.64
Movie Marathon Bundle (all ages) – $18.07

TIFF Next Wave strives to make films accessible for youth. We have a limited number of FREE tickets for people under 25, available to reserve online from February 3 until February 10 at 11:59pm. If you’re not under 25, please leave this free ticket for someone who is.

Pre-purchased films will be available in your digital TIFF Bell Lightbox account as of February 12 at 10am, and will be viewable as of 10am on the day of the film’s TIFF Next Wave premiere. The film will be available in your Library for 48 hours. Once you click play, you have 24 hours to finish watching. Films can be played any number of times within this window.

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Meet the Committee

Group photo of the 12 TIFF Next Wave Committee members

Meet the 2020–21 TIFF Next Wave Committee! They curate the festival. Big round of applause.

From left to right, top to bottom: Diego Lopez, Saharla Ugas, Andrea Landaeta, Delphine Winton, Caterina Rossiti, Daeja Sutherland, Visaree Bradshaw-Coore, Julia Yoo, Lina Zhang, Joe Ning, Emanuel Ntwiga, and Sia Mehta.

“I’m incredibly excited about this year’s TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, as going online gives us the ability to grow our community across Canada! Being able to showcase diverse, fresh, and authentic stories to young people across the country in a welcoming and accessible way is a Next Wave dream. Being stuck indoors is hard, but I hope this year’s lineup can act as a reminder of the passion, love, joy, and community that perseveres in the film community.” –Julia Yoo, TIFF Next Wave Committee

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 Bell Lightbox, including the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.

Applications to join the 2021–22 TIFF Next Wave Committee will open for high-school students in Spring 2021. Stay tuned!

The TIFF Next Wave Committee is supported by the Slaight Family Foundation Learning Fund.

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is supported by The Shawn Mendes Foundation.

Film Club

Want more Next Wave after the festival? Film Club meets monthly with industry guests, filmmakers, and film lovers for secret screenings and more — for free!

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