The Thing, (John Carpenter, 1982), Moon, (Duncan Jones, 2009), Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985), The Marriage of Maria Braun, (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1978), Under the Skin, (Jonathan Glazer, 2013), Touch of Evil, (Orson Welles, 1958)

If you had to choose one moment in cinema history to save for all eternity, what would it be? Would you pick Dorothy leaving Kansas and entering the Technicolor world of Oz for the first time? How about Antoine Doinel’s final, frozen gaze into the camera, following his escape onto the beach? Maybe you’d choose Charles Foster Kane uttering that singular name, “Rosebud”?

TIFF is committed to protecting and projecting the movie moments you love. Considering that film is an extremely delicate medium that must be thoughtfully and lovingly cared for, we are thrilled to announce that TIFF is embarking on an extraordinary project: the acquisition of three incredible film print collections from NBC Universal, Mongrel Media, and eOne Entertainment.

We will give a home to over 1300 35mm prints, ranging from bona fide classics of world cinema to contemporary favourites. Each title — from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window to John Carpenter’s The Thing to the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski — will be properly cared for so it can be explored and enjoyed by audience members like you, as well as future generations.

To make this possible, TIFF relies on the generosity of donors to help cover the associated costs. For example:

  • $1750 helps care for five prints for four years
  • $350 covers the cost to store and take care of one film print for four years;
  • $163 allows a projectionist to carefully review an entire print, frame-by-frame;
  • $62 pays for the archival supplies needed in order to make a print presentable for audiences;
  • $15 covers the cost to have a film librarian receive, catalogue, and archive one print.

Donations of all sizes make a difference and will ensure that these cinematic treasures are experienced by both present and future audiences in all their textured glory.

Your contribution will be matched by a generous donor!

Donate today

A 2016 tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $10 received by December 31.
Prefer to make a donation by phone? Please call us at 1.888.599.TIFF (8433)


Universal Films Canada Collection

Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999)

Brazil (Terry Gilliam, 1985)

Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)

Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)

Mongrel Media Collection

After Life (Hirokazu Kore-eda, 1999)

Away from Her (Sarah Polley, 2006)

Cache (Michael Haneke, 2005)

The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

Entertainment One Collection

Black Robe (Bruce Beresford, 1994)
Whale Music (Richard J. Lewis, 1994)

“As a non-profit cultural organization, we are dedicated to providing our audiences with the finest cinematic experience by presenting films in their original screening format ... This wonderful donation of 35mm prints will help us continue protecting and projecting film so current and future generations can enjoy the unique and hypnotic beauty of a film projected on the big screen.”

— Piers Handling, Director & CEO, TIFF

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