Summer 2024 Public Programming and More at TIFF

Celebrate Women in Action and check out free films, workshops, opportunities, and more. Join fellow film lovers and emerging creators this summer to explore the many facets of film as a medium for creative self-expression and social connection through public programming at TIFF.

Women in Action x Community Impact: Polite Society with Priya Kansara and Nida Manzoor

June 15, 2024 | 5pm
TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
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TIFF is introducing a new marquee series called Women in Action, an international survey of some of the most culturally significant and influential action films centering women. All films in the Women in Action series are free to TIFF Members. Become a TIFF Member here.

This special film event will be introduced by TIFF’s Nandita Dutta, who, following the film, will lead a live-virtual Q&A with writer-director Nida Manzoor and star Priya Kansara.

A striking feature debut with South Asian women leading both on screen and behind the scenes, Polite Society is writer-director Nida Manzoor’s (We Are Lady Parts) punchy homage to her early cinematic influences like Jackie Chan, the Coen brothers, and Edgar Wright. Also debuting is Priya Kansara (Bridgerton) as Ria Khan, an aspiring stunt performer who must rescue her decidedly cool older sister Lena from a nefarious marriage and a sinister mother-in-law. A delightful blend of Bollywood melodrama and British humour, this women-centric action-comedy is a refreshing addition to the genre.

This screening will be presented with open captions. The introduction and Q&A will include an ASL interpreter, care of Silent Voice.

Presented in partnership with TIFF Community Impact, TIFF’s South Asian Community Cluster, and TIFF Next Wave.

Women in Action x Silver Screenings: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon with martial arts workshop

June 8, 2024 | 1pm
TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
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The special screening of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is co-presented by TIFF Silver Screenings, a free monthly series that brings seniors together to connect with fellow film lovers. Following the screening, join us for a free workshop that explores Chinese health practices like kung-fu and qi gong in a beginner-friendly environment.

Registration is required for the workshop ― please request your participation by June 3 via this form.

Silver Screenings is supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the New Horizons for Seniors Program. TIFF Cinematheque is supported by Ontario Creates and Canada Council for the Arts.

Call for Applications: TIFF Next Wave Committee

Deadline: May 20, 2024
TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
Learn more here.

Have you ever dreamed of programming a film festival?

TIFF is recruiting new members to join the 2024–2025 TIFF Next Wave Committee. Applications are open to high-school students across the GTA. The Next Wave Committee is a group of 12 teen film enthusiasts who curate the annual TIFF Next Wave Film Festival and plan events for young film lovers and creators throughout the year.

Check out the application kit and submit by Monday, May 20:

Fandemonium: Communities of Cinematic Imagination

Now until August 1, 2024
FREE at the Film Reference Library
TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
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Fandemonium: Communities of Cinematic Imagination celebrates communities of film fans in Canada and beyond and ignites the fan that lives in us all.

A University of Toronto Museum Studies exhibition presented in partnership with TIFF. Co-curated by: Emma Bernardo, Feaven Abera, and Panni Ajtony.

Loved It: Celeste Yim on The Favourite

June 12, 2024 | 7:30pm
TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
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Celeste Yim, supervising writer at Saturday Night Live, has produced more than 70 sketches and collaborated with some of the brightest rising stars in the industry. Yim uses comedy to address challenging topics with authenticity, and to explore our place in the world as cultural beings with intersecting identities, all while making us laugh.

Yim joins us in their hometown to present The Favourite, Yorgos Lanthimos’ richly layered and hilarious hit film starring Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz. Following the screening, Yim will discuss the film’s cultural relevance, its satirical exploration of gender and social power dynamics, and its influence on them as a writer.

This event is presented in partnership with Reel Asian Film Festival and New Ho Queen.

See the North: Lilies with John Greyson

Tuesday, June 11, 2024 | 6:30pm
TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
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In celebration of Pride Month, join us for a screening of the newly restored Lilies with an introduction by TIFF Senior International Programmer for Canada, Norm Wilner, and a Q&A following the screening with director John Greyson. Based on Marcel Marc-Bouchard’s play Les feluettes and winner of the Genie Award for Best Picture, Lilies tells the story of a love between two teenage boys in 1950s Quebec, cut short by a tragic betrayal.

TIFF Wavelengths Presents: Return to Reason

Wednesday, June 12, 2024 | 6:30pm
TIFF Lightbox (350 King Street West, Toronto)
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This special screening of newly restored short films by Man Ray is co-presented with Wavelength Music. One of the proponents of Dada and Surrealism, Man Ray began his legendary quartet of avant-garde short films with Le Retour à la raison in 1923, combining solarizing techniques with the use of diffused and refracted glass to create a distinctly dream-like quality. A hundred years later, the films are newly restored with a semi-improvised score by Sqürl ― the atmospheric “marginal rock band” composed of Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan.


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