TIFF Bell Lightbox

By: Emma Stirling

Centred in Toronto’s vibrant Entertainment Distinct, TIFF Bell Lightbox opened its doors in 2010. Nearby other energetic venues, the Lightbox has come to be a representative of the diverse and lively culture that is growing out of the city.

The theatre hosts the Toronto International Film Festival, but the fun doesn't end with TIFF. Here are some options of what you can do at the Lightbox through the year.

The Archives:

TIFF hosts a free archive that is accessible to the public and excellent for students. It is full of films and information that will help you with any assignment. If you email or call them, they will answer you quickly with any question you may have. Many cities don’t have access to archives like this one, so take advantage of it.


TIFF Shop:

When you are done with studying, treat yourself to a gift. TIFF Shop sells books on film you would otherwise only find in academic libraries, and high-quality gifts and souvenirs available for all ages. At the entrance of the Lightbox, it is worth checking out.   



At the Lightbox, many other smaller festivals are held throughout the year, and they are all worth attending. Here is an overview of festivals to look for.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival: In January, showing the best of Canadian films. While often underestimated, this festival shows you how great Canadian movies are. Full of diversity in cinema, it is definitely worth watching.

TIFF Next Wave: In February, showing films by young filmmakers. It’s free for anyone under the age of 25! All the high quality movies are made by young filmmakers, and hosts upcoming celebrities like Amandla Stenberg,

TIFF Kids: In March, showing movies for those ages 3-13. Sure it’s for kids, but it is a great event to attend with younger relatives. It may be aimed at young viewers, but these films are enjoyable for all ages.

Human Rights Watch: In April, showing films all about human rights. This festival shows diverse stories on important issues around the globe, with screenings followed by lively discussions with the filmmaker.

And that's not the end. Many other festivals show their movies at the Lightbox such as Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. When you visit the Lightbox, you should discover upcoming festival events, so keep your eyes peeled!

Parties and Exhibitions:

The Lightbox is not just home to films! Throughout the year, TIFF Bell Lightbox also is home to many parties, exhibitions, learning, and outreach events.

Coming up this Halloween, there is  Boombox, an eerie themed party with ghosts, costumes, scary exhibitions, and creepy music performances. Voted Best Annual Event in Toronto, it is one of the city’s top places to be on Halloween weekend.

If you missed it, don’t worry. As soon as Boombox is over, there will be more to take part in. Throughout the year, there are multiple events, including films shown with filmmakers present, and the website will always keep you updated.


Discover More:

TIFF Bell Lightbox is located at 350 King St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3X5

There is even more to discover at the Lightbox, and how to take full advantage of it.

Visit https://www.tiff.net for more.