A key initiative of TIFF is to mentor and advocate for post-secondary students, faculty, and emerging practitioners. Higher Learning is a free ongoing programme that provides Canadian college and university students and faculty a forum in which to examine film, television, video, new media and gaming from a wide range of cultural, social, historical, political and technological approaches and disciplines. The programme launched in September 2010 with a Master Class by Canadian legend David Cronenberg and his longtime editor, Ron Sanders, on Cronenberg's modern classic Videodrome. Within its first two years, Higher Learning welcomed over 7,000 post-secondary faculty and students from 30 universities and colleges to events at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The goal of Higher Learning is to provide opportunities for scholars and practitioners, from neighbouring post-secondary institutions, to interact with each other and the broader media arts communities, and, in doing so, to enhance the educational and professional opportunities available to these core groups. As part of this goal, the Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub complements our live events by providing satellite educational programming to academic communities and to the public at large, extending the Higher Learning experience beyond the walls of TIFF Bell Lightbox. These materials include filmographies and bibliographies generated from the resources of the Film Reference Library, as well as video footage of some of our past Higher Learning events.
Post-secondary students and faculty can join the Higher Learning listserv to learn more about our upcoming Higher Learning events at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
These events are available exclusively to faculty and currently registered post-secondary students