TIFF Next Wave

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The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival returns to TIFF Bell Lightbox, April 14–16, 2023 — bringing young audiences and creators together to explore new voices and perspectives in cinema.

Submissions are now open!



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Battle of the Scores

Battle of the Scores spotlights the next generation of film and music talent by challenging bands/artists to create an original score for a silent short film. The films and their accompanying musical scores will be presented as part of the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, April 14–16, 2023. Selected bands/artists will be invited to play a set of their music at the TIFF Next Wave Opening Night Party, where the winner for Best Score will be announced.

If you’re aged 14–26 and your band has what it takes to create an original score for a short film, apply by February 20, 2023.

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2022 Next Wave Committee

2022 Next Wave Committee

Founded in 2010, the TIFF Next Wave Committee is a group of 12 students ranging in age from 15 to 18 and selected from a competitive pool of hopeful young film enthusiasts. Hailing from specialized arts institutions, public schools, and private schools across the GTA, the Committee members’ tastes, opinions, and critical voices are as diverse as they are strong. Some are aspiring filmmakers, writers, and actors; some are interested in learning the business of film and festivals; some like planning cultural events; and some just love movies. All have demonstrated a spirit that has impressed TIFF leaders. With the guidance of TIFF staff, the Committee is charged with planning some major teen-oriented events at TIFF Bell Lightbox, including the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival.

The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is supported by The Shawn Mendes Foundation.


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