Discover exciting learning opportunities with TIFF!

Foster imaginations and spark creativity for students and staff this school year with exciting educational experiences at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Toronto’s premiere film-arts organization and venue. Exploring the world through moving images, our learning programmes and educational resources offer creative new ways to enrich your curriculum. The appeal of film and filmmaking can inform classroom projects in:

• Media Literacy
• Character Education
• The Arts
• Equity Studies and Cultural Perspectives
• Science and Environmental Issues
• English Language and Literacy

Transform the way students see the world through film! From exhibitions and presentations to hands-on workshops, TIFF Learning provides students and teachers with innovative ways to engage with the moving image that extend beyond a class trip to the movies.

TIFF Bell Lightbox is the only facility of its kind in Canada. Our unique programmes are designed for cross-course flexibility and are closely tied to the Ontario curriculum. We look forward to exploring the possibilities of film with you this year!

Learn about film in the popular Film in a Day workshop, or use film-related activities to address subjects like science, language and character education. TIFF Learning's new partnership with National Geographic Live! brings students and subject experts together to explore photojournalism and underwater exploration against a filmic backdrop.

Financial Assistance
The Pocket Fund is a subsidy initiative created to ensure that children, youth and families from all circumstances have the opportunity to enjoy the educational and cultural experiences offered through TIFF. For application information or to learn more about our financial assistance programme, please email learning@tiff.net

Making Reservations
To book your school group, please contact our Box Office phone:
416-599-TIFF (8433)
1-888-599-8433
learning@tiff.net
For more information, please refer to our Booking Policies.
  

New Release School Screening Programme

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10am
October, 2013 – June, 2014
Grades 9–12
$8 per student
For groups of 30 students minimum

TIFF Bell Lightbox offers screenings of select grade-appropriate New Release films specifically for school groups. New this year: Educators can create a custom screening that works best for their class by requesting the film and date of their choice. (All bookings are subject to availability.) English, French and subtitled films available. Add a building tour to your school-screening booking at no additional cost! Sign up for Learning eAlerts by emailing learning@tiff.net and receive the screening schedule.


Film in a Day

Full day
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
October 2013 – June 2014
Grades 4–12
$16 per student
For groups of 12–24 students

A favourite with educators and students of all ages, the Film in a Day workshop encourages students to experience the art of filmmaking first-hand. Working collaboratively, they will write, pitch and shoot a short film. Teachers receive one copy of each film made by the class within two weeks of participating in the workshop. Workshop can be facilitated in French or English.

Curriculum Connections: Media Literacy, the Arts, Languages/English/French, Character Education, Technology 

Doc in a Day

Full day
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
October 2013 – June 2014
Grades 4–12
$16 per student
For groups of 12–24 students

Students act as both filmmakers and subjects in this adaptation of the popular Film in a Day workshop. By exploring issues relevant to their class and school community, students plan, pitch and shoot a short documentary that speaks to their own experience. Teachers receive one copy of each film made by the class within two weeks of participating in the workshop. Workshop can be facilitated in French or English.

Curriculum Connections: Media Literacy, the Arts, Languages/English/French, Character Education, Technology


The Elements of Film


It’s easy to get lost in the magic of a film and forget about all the people, tools and technologies that help bring a film to life. In these new workshops, students work with industry professionals to explore some of the elements that make film… film! Workshops can be facilitated in French or English.

Curriculum Connections: Media Literacy, the Arts, Languages/English/French, Character Education, Technology, Careers

Animation

Half day
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
October 2013 – June 2014
Grades 1–3
$8 per student
For groups of 12–32 students

Using movement, storytelling and their imaginations, students create and star in their own stop-motion animations. Teachers will receive one copy of each animation made by the class within two weeks of the completion of the workshop.

Light

Half day
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
October 2013 – June 2014
Grades 4–8
$8 per student
For groups of 12–32 students

Before there are cameras, projectors or even film, there must be light. In this half-day workshop, students head back in time to explore storytelling before books and film, using only movement and a light source to tell stories through shadow puppetry. Classes will then discover how light works with a projector to transfer their hand-drawn images into short film sequences.

Sound

Full day
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
October 2013 – June 2014
Grades 1–12
$12 per student
For groups of 12–32 students

Music and sound help to tell a film’s story while creating a mood for the audience. In this full-day workshop, classes use music and foley techniques to create their own soundtrack for a film clip. Teachers receive one copy of each soundtrack made by the class within two weeks of the completion of the workshop.

Motion Capture

Full day
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays
October 2013 – June 2014
Grades 7–12
$12 per student
For groups of 12–32 students

Motion capture is used to create realistic character movement in videogames and film. In this full-day workshop, students explore the relationship between live action and animation, and will receive a 3D print-out of their scene two weeks after the completion of the workshop.

National Geographic Live!
TIFF Learning's new partnership with National Geographic Live! brings students and subject experts together to discover photojournalism and underwater exploration against a filmic backdrop.
Find out more in our National Geographic section.