About TIFF

Toronto International Film Festival, also known as TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film.

An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.
The Toronto International Film Festival is supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors, RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

(Numbers in parentheses are 2017 statistics)

343 Total films: Features — 255; Shorts — 88 (340 Total films: Features — 256; Shorts — 84)

232 Features that are World, International or North American Premieres: 138, 22 and 72 respectively (238 Total: 147 World; 19 International; 72 North American Premieres)

7926 Total submissions: International — 6846; Canadian — 1080 (7,299 Total: International — 6,166; Canadian — 1,133)

83 Countries represented (74)

34% Films by women (33%)

136 Female leads, plus one elephant queen

31,300 Total number of hours TIFF CEO Piers Handling has spent watching films during his 36 years at TIFF

11 Films about musicians

30,055 Minutes of film, equal to more than 20 days of viewing

14 Hours (Longest film): La Flor (The Flower) in Wavelengths

43 Seconds (Shortest film): The Invisible Cinema 3 in Wavelengths

7 Films shown in 35mm — when lined up, it would take two and a half hours to walk the length! 3 Films by actors making their directorial debut: Bradley Cooper, Paul Dano, Jonah Hill

1,107.5 Feet of red carpet — more than twice the height of the TIFF Bell Lightbox!

3,000 Enthusiastic Festival Volunteers

36 Festivals worked by our longest serving volunteer

34,000 Average number of steps a TIFF events coordinator takes on Opening Night 3,100 Pounds of popcorn kernel prepared at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Festival 14,000+ Members and Donors who support TIFF year-round

3 Couples have met in TIFF lines that have since married

1,031 Individuals have donated to TIFF’s Share Her Journey fundraising campaign 365 Days in a year when you can enjoy films at TIFF Bell Lightbox

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