TIFF Next Wave 2023



The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival runs April 14–16, with brand new movies free for anyone under 25. Kick things off at the Opening Night Party + Battle of the Scores where four bands compete for one big prize, see the Canadian premiere of the highly-anticipated film Rye Lane (March 29), and connect with filmmakers for tips and inspiration in the Young Creators Co-Lab β€” at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Ticket Information

In-Person Screenings & Events

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Ticket Type
Under 25
25 and older
Official Selection Films
Young Creators Co-Lab
Young Creators Showcase

Digital Screenings

Official Selection Films*

* Select films available for digital screenings.
Pricing includes tax and fees. TIFF prefers Visa.

2023 Key Dates

In-person tickets on sale to the public
March 17
Digital screenings on sale to Members and the public
April 12
Digital screenings off sale at 6pm
April 16

Experience Next Wave


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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Young Creators Showcase

Celebrating the work of emerging Canadian filmmakers in this series of short films created for youth, by youth.

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Young Creators Co-Lab

Looking for film inspiration? Hear from industry experts and chat through ideas with other emerging creators in this series of in-person workshops and talks.

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Battle of the Scores

Discover the next wave of movie and music talent as four up-and-coming bands compete for one big prize.

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Meet the TIFF Next Wave Committee!

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Meet the Committee


Join the Committee!

Have you ever dreamed of programming a film festival? 🎬

We are recruiting new members for the 2023–24 TIFF Next Wave Committee! Applications are open to high-school students across the GTA. Interested in applying? Check out our application and submit to nextwave@tiff.net by May 22.

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Submit to Next Wave

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival returns to TIFF Lightbox, April 11–14, 2024, bringing young audiences and creators together to explore new voices and perspectives in cinema.

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Battle of the Scores

Battle of the Scores spotlights the next generation of film and music talent by challenging bands to create an original score for a silent short film. The films and their accompanying musical scores will be presented as part of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. Selected artists will be invited to play a set of their music at TIFF Lightbox on April 12, where the winner for BEST SCORE will be announced.

If your band has what it takes to create an original score for a short film, apply by February 11, 2024.


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.