Seniors' Film Fridays

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Launched in 2016, Seniors’ Film Fridays offers free educational film experiences to seniors in the Greater Toronto Area. In the past, we have offered:

  • free half-day experiences at TIFF Bell Lightbox: local seniors come together to watch films in our state-of-the-art cinemas and, afterwards, share their perspectives at post-film discussions led by a Volunteer Docent with complimentary refreshments
  • film screenings and discussions brought off-site to various organizations’ community spaces

If you are a senior or if you represent a seniors’ group and you would like to receive email notifications about this programme, please contact toursandtalks@tiff.net to be added to our mailing list.

Update to Seniors’ Film Fridays in 2020

In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 and maintain the health and safety of our senior community, we are moving to a digital format. We will be offering unique experiences using exciting digital platforms in order to build an online community of film lovers. We invite you to join us and help us spread the word!

NEW – Our digital Seniors’ Film Fridays talks will focus on specific themes in film. Those interested will sign up for an online conference call on Zoom, where we will facilitate a discussion on a film that relates to the theme. In advance of the discussion, we will provide you with the film title, as well as information on how you will be able to gain digital access to watch the film at home for free. Familiarity with computer basics or other technological devices (e.g. tablet) and a WiFi connection will be required.

HOW TO BOOK:
If you are interested in participating in an upcoming digital Seniors’ Film Fridays event, complete the below form associated with the date you are interested in. Please know that, by completing this form, your spot is not yet reserved. Programme staff will follow up with you shortly to confirm if your request has been approved.

New RSVP forms will be added to this page on the last Tuesday of every month.

1pm, March 26 – Zoom discussion on an inspirational coming of age story — please inquire by filling out the RSVP form here.

Spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to the volume of interest that we receive, we regret that we cannot guarantee spots. If you require assistance with completing this form, please email toursandtalks@tiff.net. Alternatively, you can leave a phone message at 416-934-5846 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

To read about in-house Seniors’ Film Fridays screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox, please check the IN-HOUSE SCREENINGS tab above.

To read more about our tailored off-site Seniors’ Film Fridays screenings, check the OFF-SITE SCREENINGS tab above.

In the RESOURCES tab, you will find information about how to conduct a film talk in your own community.

Group of seniors sitting together having a discussion.

Testimonials

“Gets me out of the house to see movies I don’t see very often, with an added bonus of discussing the movies within a social group.”

“It is wonderful to hear the opinions of others. Please continue, this is a wonderful programme!”

“Looking forward to my next visit.”

Seniors’ Film Fridays is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program and the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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In-House Screenings

Please note that, to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we are currently not offering in-person screenings as a part of the Seniors’ Film Fridays programme. To read more about our digital offerings, please go back to https://tiff.net/seniors.

TIFF offers a free half-day experience for seniors at TIFF Bell Lightbox, located at 350 King Street West. Following the screening, a Volunteer Docent will escort patrons to a private space with complimentary refreshments for an exhilarating group discussion about the film. Some examples of films we’ve screened in the past include: Loving Vincent, Manufactured Landscapes, The Age of Innocence, and It’s a Wonderful Life.

Screenings take place on select Fridays and are booked by season.

Check-in table for an event.

Patrons who have reserved tickets may pick them up on the day of the screening at the Seniors’ Film Fridays registration desk, located in the atrium of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Ticket pick-up date and time will be communicated to you ahead of the screening.

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Off-Site Screenings

Please note that, to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we are currently not offering in-person screenings as a part of the Seniors’ Film Fridays programme. To read more about our digital offerings, please go back to https://tiff.net/seniors.

As part of our programme, we also offer film screenings in an organization’s community space. Our Volunteer Docents will travel to your space with a film that will be followed by a discussion.

Each year we programme three films that are available for off-site screenings. Community groups are then able to select one they would like screened at their facility. Some examples of films we’ve screened in the past are Florence Foster Jenkins, Leave No Trace, and Coming Home (Guīlái).

A community group having discussion after a film screening.

If you would like to speak about booking an off-site visit, need more information on the films that we offer, or have questions about the technical requirements, please contact toursandtalks@tiff.net or call 416-934-5846.

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Resources

Interested in our programme, but not sure if you are able to participate?

We’ve created Facilitator Guides in conjunction with the Volunteer and Learning Departments to provide the tools for individuals to conduct film talks with a film of their choosing. These guides are meant to be used as a resource for engaging critically with film, and provide a space of inclusion and learning. The guide is available for download here.

Looking to learn more about TIFF and TIFF Bell Lightbox? Consider visiting us for a facility tour. These are free public tours which run Saturdays at 1pm. For available dates, please visit Guided Tours of TIFF Bell Lightbox. Interested in booking a private tour? Please contact toursandtalks@tiff.net for more information.

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