Catching the TIFF Next Wave

Every February, TIFF hands the programming reigns and keys to the TIFF Bell Lightbox over to a team of film loving teenagers for the annual Next Wave Festival, a weekend of events, screenings, and talks geared towards the 14-25 set. Although the programming selections often feature themes, subject matter, and stars that would appeal to teenagers, increasingly Next Wave has become something even more intriguing to local film culture: a place where overlooked independent films from around the world get a chance to screen in a local cinema.