Summer 2023 Public Programming at TIFF

Join fellow film lovers and emerging creators this month to explore the many facets of film as a medium for creative self-expression, skills development, and social connection through free public programming at TIFF.

Film still from Shedding, Directed by Tziara Reyes-Herrera

Short Films, Big Ideas: Community Shorts Shelf

May 30 – December 31, 2023
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On May 30, we relaunched our Community Impact Shorts Shelf Short Film, Big Ideas. Films are free and available until the end of the year.

Through a diverse range of stories and styles, Short Films, Big Ideas showcases films from local creators about community through art, identity, and friendship. By making these films available to audiences for free on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox, we hope to continue expanding access to film as a means of connection and celebrating diverse stories.

Film still from How’d You Sleep? Directed by Spencer Glassman

Get Reel: Behind the Scenes Panel Discussion and Networking

Wednesday June 7, 2023
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
Register for the event here (by Tuesday, June 6 at noon)

The Get Reel Mental Health Film Festival (June 5–9) run by Stella’s Place is an opportunity to spark conversation, promote healing and help-seeking, celebrate artistic talent and feature stories about mental health. Join us for a panel discussion with past and current recipients of the Get Reel Scholarship — a group of emerging filmmakers whose short films about mental health premiere at the Get Reel Film Festival — about finding their path as storytellers, navigating the film production landscape, and the skills they learned along the way.

Following the panel, audiences are invited to network with industry professionals and one another in intimate group conversations about directing, cinematography, writing, and producing. Attendees will sign up for their desired session at the beginning of the event and have a chance to ask questions and connect with the speakers directly.

Participation is open to all, but capacity is limited; priority will be given to young adults and emerging filmmakers.

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Black Archives With Maya Cade

Saturday, June 10, 2023
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
Reserve a ticket here

Maya Cade, visionary creator and curator of Black Film Archive — a living digital catalogue that showcases Black films made from 1898 to 1989 currently available on streaming platforms — joins us for a special screening of Black Mother Black Daughter, curated by Cade, and a conversation about preserving, celebrating, and expanding access to Black film history online. This event is programmed in partnership with BIPOC TV & Film.

Open Screen & 48-Hour Film Challenge

Wednesday, June 28, 2023
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
Find out more here
If you have a short film that you want to share, or to request a ticket, please register via Google Form here (by Monday, June 19)

Open Screen invites emerging filmmakers to share something on screen that they’ve created with a community of supportive peers. It can be a finished project or a work-in-progress, something they’ve screened before, or something they’ve been sitting on for a while. Filmmakers will receive helpful feedback and perspective on their work after it plays on the big screen.

To screen work as part of this event, your film must not exceed six minutes in length. You’re welcome to show a section of a larger project. This event is free and open to all creators to attend, whether you’re showing work or not.

This event is co-presented by TIFF Next Wave, Future of Film Showcase, and POV.
Contact for more information, or to discuss specific access needs.

Silver Screenings: A Silent Voice: The Movie

Friday June 30, 2023
TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street W, Toronto)
Get tickets here (on the right-hand side of the page)
Register for the hands-on workshop here

Each month, this free series brings seniors together to connect with fellow film lovers and participate in a variety of events, including peer-led film discussions, interactive workshops, and classes. These activities will focus on specific themes to encourage community-building around a shared experience, and will provide a safe and supportive environment for creative self-expression. Develop new skills, find your next favourite movie, and meet new people!

On June 30 at 11am, Silver Screenings will be hosting a free screening of A Silent Voice: The Movie for seniors 65+.

If you represent a seniors’ group and would like to inquire about a group booking for the screening, contact us by email at

Following the screening, join us for a hands-on workshop exploring illustration and anime films. Guided by a facilitator, participants will be making their own mini booklets called flip books which contain a series of images that change from one page to the next. As a part of the workshop, participants can also expect to learn more about anime, a style of animation that originated and was popularized in Japan.

Mitsuo Kimura, Onslaught, 2017

Free exhibition – Reimagining: Narratives of tension and wonder

On Now until July 4, 2023
Open during Box Office Hours
TIFF Bell Lightbox atrium (350 King Street W, Toronto)
Learn about the exhibition here

Inspired by the bold aesthetics, narrative experimentation, and interplay between playfulness and danger in the films of POP Japan, Reimagining: Narratives of tension and wonder features works by multidisciplinary artists Mitsuo Kimura and Toko Hosoya.

This free, public art exhibition will be on display in the TIFF Bell Lightbox atrium from May 9 to July 4 during regular box office hours. Alongside the exhibition, view the mural Neon Otaku by Timothy Fukakusa (a.k.a. Ekwal), programmed in partnership with StreetARToronto and supported by the Japan Foundation.

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