TIFF’s Next Wave Film Festival promises diversity, youthful energy, timeless charm

The festival, which runs Friday to Sunday, will host workshops, competitions, and nineteen films, which are free for anyone under the age of 25.


TIFF’s hipper, more youthful sibling rolls into town this weekend, and promises to provide the city with stimulating, interactive entertainment and education for youth and adults alike.

The Next Wave Film Festival boasts 19 carefully curated films that are free for humans under the age of 25 and priced at $11.50 to $14 for those with more years under their belt. It also includes panels with film-industry professionals — Oscar-nominated Moonlight cinematographer James Laxton will be holding a master class on Friday — as well as filmmaking workshops, tours of the TIFF Bell Lightbox studio, Q & As and even a fort to hang out in between movies.

The entire festival is organized, programmed and promoted by 12 high school students — mostly girls — all passionate about different aspects of filmmaking processes and distribution.

“We all love film, and we come together from around the GTA and program the festival,” said Dasola Dina, a longtime Next Wave committee member and Grade 12 student. “We also help with youth outreach here at TIFF and provide a voice for other young people and their perspectives.”