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Film festivals aren’t just for grown-ups anymore. As part of its year-round activities, TIFF organizes several mini-festivals, including TIFF Next Wave, a three-day event geared toward “young movie lovers.” Featuring free screenings of old and new movies alike, guest Q&As, industry workshops and panels, the 24-Hour Film Challenge, and Battle of the Scores (more about that in a minute), Next Wave is a three-day crash course in full throttle festival-going. Even adult TIFF buffs should find plenty to get excited about at this event. Here are a few of the highlights.
For tonight’s launch at TIFF Bell Lightbox, all eyes (and ears) will be on six high-school bands as they perform live scores for an original short film. The winner will be determined by a panel of judges and audience votes, so make sure you’re there to give your kind of music a push in the right direction. As an added bonus, everyone in attendance will be guaranteed admission to the Opening Night Party.
Targeting film buffs born in the last two decades, TIFF Next Wave offers free screenings of several youth-oriented classics from that period. Highlights include the diametrically opposed get-rich-quick schemes of Bottle Rocket and The Social Network.
Featuring a mix of documentaries (I Am Thalente, Takin’ Place) and fiction films (Los Ángeles, Songs My Brothers Taught Me), Next Wave’s new programming shines the spotlight on refreshing new voices, both onscreen and in post-screening Q&As.
If you’re having a hard time choosing between Next Wave and the NBA All-Star Game festivities this weekend, this event is the ideal compromise. In celebration of Space Jam’s 20th anniversary, TIFF brings together “an exciting lineup of talent from the sports and entertainment worlds” to read the script live. That may sound like a peculiar exercise, but TIFF’s live reads never disappoint.
For those who aren’t content to simply watch movies, TIFF is giving 24 teams 24 hours to make movies. On Sunday afternoon, you’ll get a chance to see what they come up with. While the results may not be polished, one thing’s for certain: you won’t find movies like these anywhere else.
The 2016 TIFF Next Wave Film Festival starts today and runs until Sunday. For the complete schedule, ticket information, and more, visit the official website here.