Community & Access


Community & Access

Connecting with one another and celebrating creativity

TIFF Community Impact is dedicated to increasing access to film for individuals from equity-deserving communities across the Greater Toronto Area. Events take place online, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and in community spaces. Through intentional curation and collaboration with community partners, we aim to create welcoming spaces for participants to connect with one another and celebrate their creative sides.

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Short Films, Big Ideas

The short films in this collection feature stories by local creators about emotional vulnerability as a path to connecting more deeply with others, collective care and action in the face of trauma, and finding yourself in community. By making these films available to our partners for free on digital TIFF Bell Lightbox, we hope to continue expanding access to film as a means of connection and care. Click here to watch now.

If your group is interested in co-creating an interactive experience such as a guided discussion or creative workshop in connection with these titles, please contact to learn more.

Deep Focus Workshop Series

Deep Focus is a free workshop series that invites film lovers and emerging creators from equity-seeking communities to explore the many facets of film as a medium for creative self-expression, essential skills development, and social connection in a supportive online environment. Recent and upcoming events include:

Co-Created Events in Your Community

We work with non-profit organizations across the city to co-create intimate film experiences that meet the specific needs, goals, and experiences of each group. Events include but are not limited to:

  • Facilitated film discussions to encourage dialogue and reflection
  • Creative workshops to support collaboration, skills development, and the amplification of participant voices
  • Intimate conversations with content producers to support the professional development of emerging creators from under-represented communities

Access Tickets

Thanks to the generous support of Sun Life, 1,000 tickets to the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival will be distributed to under-served individuals and families in need across the city through the Reel Magic program. Now in its eighth year, Reel Magic exemplifies TIFF and Sun Life’s shared commitment to ensure that TIFF is accessible to all film lovers, regardless of their circumstances. This philanthropic initiative is supported through Sun Life's Making the Arts More Accessible™ program. TIFF and Sun Life are thrilled to welcome our community members to the Festival to experience the magic of film!



Silver Screenings

TIFF’s Silver Screenings programme offers seniors a variety of free film-focused events on a monthly basis. Our events take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox and offer you the chance to connect with fellow film lovers. In addition to events at TIFF Bell Lightbox, we have the capacity to branch out and bring the experience to you! We will work with you to bring film screenings and discussions off-site to your community space. If you are a senior, or if you represent a seniors’ group, and you are looking for further details about this programme, please visit contact

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Visa Sharing the Screen

Visa and TIFF are proud to announce the expansion of their longstanding partnership to include an exciting new program that will provide community audiences with exclusive access to films, creator talks, and more. Visa Sharing the Screen launches at TIFF 2022, and will be a cornerstone of Visa’s partnership with TIFF in the future.

Stay tuned for more details.


Get in Touch

For more information about TIFF’s community access initiatives or to inquire about booking an event for your group, please contact Hoda Ali, Community Impact Coordinator, at

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