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
Board Members (as of July 20, 2007)
David R. Bloom
William J. Fox
B. Denham Jolly
David J. Kassie
Kenneth W. Lalonde
Ralph Lean, Q.C.
Constance L. Sugiyama
Lisa de Wilde
Henk Van der Kolk
Martin P. Connell
Former Chairs (in order of service)
Colin D. Watson
Jonathan H. Slan
Sidney M. Oland
Sprockets Educational Advisory Committee
International Advisory for Industry
Nick de Pencier
Sheila De la Varende
Cinematheque Ontario Advisory Board
The Film Reference Library/Canadian Film Encyclopedia Advisory Committee
Peter Morris, Consulting Editor
Marketing Advisory Committee
Ron Moore (Chair)
Sponsorship Advisory Committee
Barry Avrich (Chair)