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Announcing the 2019 Winter Higher Learning Season
at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Hello, and Happy New Year!

A key initiative of the Toronto International Film Festival is to mentor and advocate for emerging artists and creators. To this end, TIFF’s Higher Learning team organizes events that are intended to create a bridge to the film industry for current students and young creators. Our goal is to expose young people to a variety of possible career pathways in the creative industries, introduce them to established professionals who can share their experience, and create space to meet and learn from one another.

Events are free and tickets can be secured on a first-come, first-served basis. To inquire about availability and reserving a spot, please contact Our Winter 2019 events are below. We hope to see you there!

Higher Learning at TIFF

Career Chat with Cinematographer Iris Ng
Tuesday, January 15  6pm
Join Iris Ng (Shirkers, A Better Man, Making a Murderer, Stories We Tell) as she discusses her approach to cinematography, the creative process for working on feature films and television series, and how she works sensitively with documentary subjects.

Building a Supportive Network: Filmmaking Resources in Toronto
Tuesday, January 29  6pm
Meet representatives from some of the artist-run collectives in the city who will offer information on their initiatives and facilities, intended to support the development of your next project. Participating organizations include: BIPOC TV & Film, Charles Street Video, The Creator Class, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto, the Toronto Animated Image Society, and Trinity Square Video. Join other aspiring creators to learn how you can get involved in these programs and benefit from these resources. At the end of this session, you will have the opportunity to connect more directly with the participating organizations and other attendees.

Drop in before the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival
Saturday, February 9  2pm
Collaboration is key for working in film and media, but it takes practice to be able to confidently connect with new people. In advance of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival and the Young Creators Co-Lab, the day-long industry day, we encourage all aspiring artists, creators, and film lovers to join us for a fun and casual evening of networking. Perfect your elevator pitch, meet your next crew member, and practice making connections in the industry!

Sam Bradley on Finding Your Artistic Voice
Wednesday, March 13  7pm
Artist and writer Sam Bradley (Space Between Stars) will join aspiring creators to reflect on his career in the animation industry, offering insight into how he established a unique artistic voice that guides his independent filmmaking and his collaborations with others.


TIFF Next Wave Film Festival — February 15, 16, and 17

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival features FREE movies (including old faves and new releases from around the world), amazing guests and Q&A sessions, industry workshops and panels, and the ever-epic kickoff at Battle of the Scores. The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is happening February 15 to 17. Reserve your tickets online at starting January 16. Youth under 25 can reserve tickets for free.

If you are a youth interesting in making films, considering attending the Young Creators Co-Lab on Friday, February 15. The Co-Lab offers a full day of programming that allows young and emerging creators to hear from and connect with industry professionals and collaborate on all things film.

Further information about reserving tickets

Tickets: Higher Learning events are free and open to the public. To inquire about availability and reserving a spot, please contact or 416-599-8433 ext. 2044.

Venue: All events take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West. Please note that TIFF Bell Lightbox is an accessible venue.

Questions? Please reach out to if you have any questions about the information listed here.






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