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Genre : Cultural operator
Status : Not-for-profit company
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
2 Carlton Street, Suite 1600
Tel. : +1 (416) 967.7371
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The Toronto International Film Festival Group is a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world. Its vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.

The Group generates an annual economic impact of $67 million CAD, including $33 million in tourism, and operates with an annual budget of $17 million. Currently, the Group employs more than 100 full-time staff, 500 part-time and seasonal staff, and counts upon the largesse of over 2000 volunteers year-round.

TIFFG is comprised of several dynamic initiatives:

The Toronto International Film Festival, now in its 31st year, is widely recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes and the most successful public film festival in the world.

Cinematheque Ontario is a year-round screening programme of the classics of world cinema and contemporary arthouse films. It presents critically-acclaimed film retrospectives, directors' spotlights and exclusive limited runs. Since its inception in 1990, Cinematheque Ontario membership has grown more than 350 per cent.

Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, celebrating its 10th anniversary in April, presents Canadian and international films geared toward family and school audiences, organizes popular workshops for children and educators, and raises funds for those who lack access to the educational and cultural experience provided by Sprockets. Since its inaugural year in 1998, the audience for Sprockets has dramatically increased from 2,000 to 16,000.

Film Circuit is a grassroots, community-driven network of more than 160 cities across Canada, providing Canadian and international films to formerly under-serviced areas. Since it started in 1995, this immensely popular initiative has expanded by 130 locations and has organized numerous national re-releases and international tours of Canadian film.
The Film Reference Library, with more than 16,000 book titles and 60,000 film-related files, holds the world's most extensive English language collection of Canadian film-related material and unique holdings of Canada's most esteemed filmmakers, including David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar and Patricia Rozema.

Reel Talk is an immensely popular subscription series which features monthly sneak preview screenings of Academy Award®-calibre films and the best in international cinema, followed by interactive, informal discussions with film critics and professionals.

Canada's Top Ten promotes and celebrates Canadian cinema through an annual initiative whereby some of this country's leading experts in Canadian cinema - film critics, academics and industry professionals - select the best Canadian films of the year.

Industry Initiatives serves the constituency on a year-round basis, offering master classes and supporting other divisions in the Group with specialized industry programming and project development. For the Toronto International Film Festival, services include the Sales Office, the largest "unofficial" market for films. Programmes and services provided during the Festival are designed to address issues that are critical to the industry while providing open and accessible learning opportunities for professionals.


For the last 30 years, the Toronto International Film Festival Group has expanded its initiatives considerably, becoming a leader in the Canadian and international film industries. Since its inception in 1976, the Toronto International Film Festival has been a key cultural event for the Greater Toronto Area. The Group also includes Cinematheque Ontario, Film Circuit, Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children, Reel Talk, the Film Reference Library, and Industry Programming and Services. Additional events throughout the year include Canada's Top Ten, an annual industry and public initiative inaugurated by TIFFG to recognize and honour excellence in Canadian cinema. Each initiative is a trailblazer in its own right and collectively make the Toronto International Film Festival Group one of the most important film institutions in the world.

Board of Directors

Paul Atkinson

Chair Emeritus
William Marshall

Board Members (as of July 20, 2007)
Barry Avrich
Ian Bandeen
David R. Bloom
Brendan Calder
Irene Chu
William J. Fox
Jan Innes
Ellis Jacob
B. Denham Jolly
Allen Karp
David J. Kassie
Bill Kurtin
Kenneth W. Lalonde
Ralph Lean, Q.C.
James Little
Michael MacMillan
Deepa Mehta
Leslie Noble
Warren Spitz
Rajesh Subramaniam
Constance L. Sugiyama
Lisa de Wilde

Slawko Klymkiw

William Marshall

Dusty Cohl
Henk Van der Kolk

Founding Chair
Martin P. Connell

Former Chairs (in order of service)
Colin D. Watson
Jonathan H. Slan
Allan Gregg
Sidney M. Oland
Brendan Calder
Allen Karp

Advisory Boards

Sprockets Educational Advisory Committee
Amy Bodman
Debbie Firestone
Mima Hoyes
Christine Lalonde

International Advisory for Industry
Caroline Benjo
Robin Cass
Tony Cianciotta
Sandra Cunningham
Nick de Pencier
Luc Dery
Damon d'Oliviera
Sheila De la Varende
Paul Gratton
Claudia Landsberger
Scott Macaulay
Michael McMahon
Charlotte Mickie
Michel Reilhac
Emily Russo
Jane Tattersall
Clement Virgo
Ralph Zimmerman
Jody Shapiro
Loredana Cunti
Michael Girgis

Cinematheque Ontario Advisory Board
Blaine Allan
Robert Daudelin
Kathryn Elder
Marc Glassman
Peter Harcourt
Catherine Jonasson
Helen Lee
Ron Mann
Regine Schmid
Bart Testa

The Film Reference Library/Canadian Film Encyclopedia Advisory Committee
Peter Morris, Consulting Editor
Peter Harcourt
Wyndham Wise
Kass Banning
Christine Ramsay
Piers Handling
Pierre Véronneau

Marketing Advisory Committee
Ron Moore (Chair)
Barry Avrich
Susan Schaefer
Heather Brenzel
Bill Coleman
Jim Danahy
Carol Faulkner
Kathryn From
Gerald George
Alan Kay
Howard Lichtman
Franca Miraglia
Patricia Pape
Mary Powers

Sponsorship Advisory Committee
Barry Avrich (Chair)
Jan Innes
Chris Lang
Colleen Moorehead
Brian Shachter
Margot Vallone
Hugh Wakeham


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