A message to our audiences regarding COVID-19


Following the Province of Ontario and the City of Toronto’s most recent guidelines for cinemas, TIFF Bell Lightbox cinemas remain closed for public film screenings. As a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to bring the transformative power of film to audiences, the continued closure of our building impacts our financial health and limits the connection we have with our audiences. We look forward to welcoming audiences back to our cinemas when it is safe and feasible to do so.

TIFF Bell Lightbox cinemas will remain closed for TIFF programming and events throughout the summer. At this time, we are focused on plans to welcome audiences back into the building for Festival screenings in September, in a similar capacity to last year. Following the Festival, we will look forward to presenting in-person Cinematheque screenings, New Release programming, and other events.

TIFF continues to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe reopening of TIFF Bell Lightbox to audiences. We will reassess reopening our cinemas in conjunction with provincial and city mandates as advised. The health and safety of our entire community remains TIFF’s number-one priority, and we will continue to monitor and communicate to our audiences any developments related to reopening.

Digital TIFF Bell Lightbox (digital.tiff.net) is currently available to audiences nationwide, and film lovers can continue to be inspired by the very best in Canadian and world cinema from home.