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TIFF’s Media Inclusion Initiative

In the words of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), “Inclusion in film doesn’t end on the set.”

TIFF believes it’s equally important to ensure that the press who report on, critique, and publicize films represent a diversity of perspectives.


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TIFF has designed their own Media Inclusion Initiative, which provides financial support to equity-seeking members of the accredited press who wish to attend TIFF in a professional capacity.

TIFF’s initiative is open to those that identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or a person of colour, identify as LGBTQ+, identify as a woman, trans, non-binary, and/or two-spirited, have a disability, and have been accredited at the Toronto International Film Festival for one year or less.

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Forty-five participants will be selected to receive press accreditation and prominent placement in the Media Inclusion Directory, which will be shared with Festival film publicists.

As part of the application for the Media Inclusion Initiative, applicants will have the opportunity to apply for a limited number of one-on-one mentorship slots with experienced members of the TIFF press corps. Mentors will serve as an additional resource, assisting participants in navigating the Festival and providing career guidance and tips.

Additionally, TIFF is pleased to have the support of Rotten Tomatoes for this year’s Media Inclusion Initiative. Thanks to their generous support, participants in the Media Inclusion Initiative will each receive a stipend to enhance their Festival experience. TIFF encourages participants to use this stipend to support their time at the Toronto International Film Festival, be it to purchase new equipment or offset time off work to cover the Festival.


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