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

TIFF is thrilled to partner with Sun Life to present Reel Magic, a philanthropic initiative that provides community partners with over 600 free digital tickets to the Toronto International Film Festival and, new this year, year-round programming on our digital platform. Now in its seventh year, Reel Magic is supported through Sun Life’s Making the Arts More Accessible™ program.

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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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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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