Top 10 most prestigious film festivals in the world (P.3) - Toronto International Film Festival (Canada) and the mission to transform the way people see the world through film


( TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema and creating transformational experiences for film lovers and creators of all ages and backgrounds.

As Canada's premiere home of cinema, TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, events, professional development and opportunities to meet, hear and learn from filmmakers from Canada and around the world.

As a cultural charity, TIFF is more than an 11-day Festival. TIFF harnesses the unique power of film to unlock imagination and encourage lifelong curiosity and enjoyment of the arts. They believe audiences of all ages and backgrounds deserve this rich experience, which is why accessibility, diversity, and inclusion are at the heart of what they do.

Their film-based learning programmes develop critical thinking skills and empathy – the need for which has never been greater in our screen-saturated modern world. These programmes equip film-learners with the tools to enjoy and analyze the stories that surround them, while developing more confident, understanding and creative citizens.

TIFF invests in young creators through industry meet-ups and screenings at TIFF Next Wave programmed largely by the accompanying youth committee, as well as a full day of industry programming and conversation at the Young Creators Co-Lab. These essential programmes are developing the next generation of filmmakers and industry professionals by helping them build critical opinions, gain confidence, and acquire vital technical skills.

The annual Jump Cuts Showcases provides a massive public platform for youth to present their short films and connect with fellow artists.

Film Circuit is a national network of partners that tours Canadian, independent, and world cinema to rural and remote communities across the country. Audiences are given access to amazing films that would otherwise be unavailable to them, and emerging filmmakers have the chance to tour and speak on behalf of their work.

TIFF believes in the power of cinema; watching a film in its original, intended format is a stunning experience. Yet, the medium itself is extremely delicate and needs to be cared for with the utmost attention. With this in mind, they have been preserving film’s vital history for generations to come.

TIFF is one of the few North American institutions actively protecting and projecting film. Throughout their history, they have restored 7,470 feet of the medium, including the Canadian horror classic The Mask, a preservation project funded by their valued donors.

Established in 1990, their Film Reference Library holds the world’s largest collection of English-language Canadian film in the entire world. Preserving images, film titles, reference materials, posters, soundtracks, and scripts, it’s an incredible resource for film students, scholars, filmmakers, screenwriters, and anyone who loves film.

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