It might be Valentine’s Day today, but for budding teenage film buffs and any students looking for something to do for free over the long weekend that doesn’t involve all that mushy stuff, the TIFF Next Wave festival kicks off with a mix of films both new and old, some of which students can see for free with their high school ID.
Beginning with the returning musical showdown Battle of the Scores on Friday at 7:00 – where young musicians play live music over an accompanying short film – the weekend long festival seems to have solidified its formula for success with this year’s program running a lot like last year’s.
Specifically aiming for the 14-18 demographic in hopes of showcasing some of the better teen oriented films that often go unlooked the rest of the year, all of which are selected by a board of local teens, Next Wave has proven to be a quite successful highlight of the TIFF Bell Lightbox programming year (and quite fun to cover, from our perspective).
Additional special events include a special Talent Lab on Saturday morning where budding filmmakers will get a chance to engage in interactive workshops with industry professionals for an afternoon of learning and fun. Some young filmmakers might have also tried their hand at the RBC sponsored 24 Hour Film Challenge. The films were shot last week, but the results will be screened and a winner will be crowned this Sunday. Or if you just want to catch up to some teen classics, there’s also the Teen Rebels movie marathon on Saturday starting at 2pm, with screenings of Juno, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Mean Girls, Rushmore, and Donnie Darko.
For more information on all the films being screened, showtimes, and ticketing information, check out the TIFF website. But for now, let’s take a look at some selections from this year’s line-up!
A Birder’s Guide to Everything (Andrew Parker)
Fly Colt Fly (Andrew Parker)
For No Eyes Only (Matt Rorabeck)
I Learn America (Kirk Haviland)
Leap 4 Your Life (Andrew Parker)
Palo Alto (Dave Voigt)