Our space is open to your imagination. Let our amazing team help you plan your next event.
Located at King and John Streets in the heart of the Entertainment District, TIFF Bell Lightbox is home to the Toronto International Film Festival® and is the premier meeting place for innovative event planners and their delegates, film industry professionals, educators, and film lovers from around the globe.
Come visit us! We can lead you through the various event spaces and discuss onsite accommodations. We also host a number of Building Tours throughout the year. Should you wish to attend or organize a personal tour, please email us.
Max. capacity is 40 - The Lab is a flexible event space that can be used for any type of event. The floor-to-ceiling windows have a screen that can be lowered for full privacy or raised to let in natural daylight.
Max. capacity is 60 - A quiet space to relax. This is the perfect venue for VIP cocktail receptions or a Production Office. The space includes furnishings provided by Roots, ensuite washrooms, a 40" programmable screen, a 5.1 audio system, a projector and a drop-down screen.
Max. capacity is 85 - A modern lounge with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the corner of King and John Streets. The room—which has audio capabilities and a plasma screen—is an ideal space for a range of social, business and academic events.
Max. capacity is 120 - Spectacular views of King Street and downtown Toronto. Its elegant decor, seating areas and bar create the perfect atmosphere for cocktail receptions and other events for mixing and mingling with colleagues, guests or fellow cinephiles. Catered exclusively by Oliver & Bonacini.
This grid outlines the wide range of exhibition formats that we can support in our cinemas. By clarifying the terminology and concerns associated with certain types of content, we strive to ensure that your screening experience is presented flawlessly and to the highest standards possible.
All content must be received 48 hours in advance of screening/rehearsal/tech-check or a late payment charge will be applied to the final invoice.
* Content should ideally only be delivered in these tape formats if it already exists in this format and an HD version does not exist in another format
Seats 523 The grandest of our theatres- An ideal space for premieres, red-carpet events and awards presentations, this theatre creates the sense of a great movie palace. This cinema can accomodate 3D, 35mm, 70mm and digital screenings.
Seats 353 - A similar palatial feel and many of the same features as Cinema 1, including the ability to accomodate 3D films. This theatre is not only a great space for a screening, it’s also intimate enough for effective presentations.
Seats 221 - The most intimate of our large-scale theatres, Cinema 3 provides an elegant event space for smaller presentations. The stage is designed to accommodate a piano – ideal for musical accompaniment.
Seats 150 - Like all TIFF Bell Lightbox cinemas, Cinema 4 boasts excellent sightlines. This is the perfect venue for an innovative lecture, conversation series, private screening, or awards presentation.
Seats 76 - This multi-purpose, 965 square-foot studio cinema features retractable seats and can be used for screenings and as a production space for filming and workshops.
Seats 41 - A unique and intimate theatre space located on the fifth floor, ideal for personal or team film screenings, or to showcase a new product to top executives.
All of our meeting rooms and Learning Studios are equipped with a projector, screen, laptop hookup and spider phone.
Max. capacity is 10 This meeting room is ready for round-table discussions and focused business activities.
Max capacity is 14 - This boardroom features an executive table that accommodates 14 people, plus additional seating for up to eight.
Max. capacity is 40 - This boardroom features a large credenza and seats up to 30 people comfortably, with additional peripheral seating for up to 10.
Max. capacity is 94 - Perfect for team building events, workshops, educational presentations and staff meetings. Each studio accommodates up to 47 people, and can be set up in various styles — including classroom, theatre, cluster conference and U-shape. The rooms feature built-in projectors, screens, a podium and microphones.
Underground parking is available at TIFF Bell Lightbox and is operated independently by Precise Park, accessible on Widmer Street at an approximate rate of $18 per day. Other parking lots and street parking are available. Valet parking can be arranged for your event also.
TIFF prefers Visa.
Capacities listed do not include wheelchair spaces in Cinemas 1–5.
Rental rates listed do not include staffing fees, equipment rentals, or event services (e.g. coat check).
Venue License Rate discounts may apply to registered charities and non-profit organizations.
For events requiring a tech check prior to the event date, a $700 venue licence fee, plus staffing and service costs, will apply. This rate is applicable up until 12pm; after 12pm the standard venue licence fee will apply.
The Bell Blue Room is unavailable on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day Saturdays and Sundays.
Please note that event staff is booked for a minimum shift of 4 hours. Events scheduled on statutory holidays are subject to staffing rates at time and a half. Shifts scheduled to begin or end outside of subway hours will incur an added taxi cost of $50 per person.
We at TIFF work with exceptional preferred caterers to fulfill your event needs and more! Details of our preferred caterers can be found below.
With the exception of the TIFF Lounge, Rooftop Terrace and Malaparte which are catered exclusively by Oliver & Bonacini, our preferred caterers offer exceptional service in all our other event spaces. Exceptions can be made for specific cultural food requests; a landmark fee will apply. Please speak to your Event Coordinator for more information.
Whether you’re looking for some mouthwatering goodies for a private screening, or just something different for an afternoon snack, our onsite Concessions team will be more than happy to assist with your order. We cater for every kind of event, offer light refreshments, snacks, and the best popcorn you’ve ever tasted in town!
Oliver & Bonacini
One of Canada’s leading restaurant and event management companies, offers two full service restaurants (Canteen and Luma) and a sixth floor event space (Malaparte) at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Oliver & Bonacini is the preferred caterer of the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The TIFF Lounge, Rooftop Terrace and Malaparte are catered exclusively by Oliver & Bonacini.
We combine delicious food, great taste, and impeccable execution with a down-to-earth, approachable manner. Our ability to turn our clients' visions into reality, while ensuring excellent customer service, AND having FUN is what makes us unique. Every event is as unique and special to us, as it is to each of our clients.
à la Carte
A full-service event catering firm that allows clients to select individual menu items from a never ending list of menu suggestions. Always up for a challenge, it would be best to sum things up with our mission statement: "We Cater to Everyone". We pride ourselves on our superb food, matched with excellent service, exceeding expectations.
Parts & Labour
The essence of Parts & Labour catering is derived from our Parkdale restaurant of the same name that attracts a young professional crowd that enjoys great food, drinks and the Toronto nightlife scene. Our restaurant embodies our catering philosophy.
Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the whole building. If you require a dedicated connection, we can provide one for you in your event space, and can also rename the WiFi network to match your event or company name so that your guests can access it more easily. Please note that these services are set at an additional cost.
We have a dedicated loading dock at the rear of the building which clients can access on Widmer Street to load in for their event. Each cinema and boardroom can be accessed by the freight elevator with no steps involved.
To book a cinema, we need as much time as possible: ideally 2 months prior to the date. Bookings are also dependant on what other festivals we have taking place in the building at that time. For smaller boardroom meetings, we can generally accommodate a booking with 4 weeks prior notice. However, we encourage you to inquire about availability and hope to accommodate any last minute requests.
If your event is taking place within one of the cinemas, we can promote the name of your event on the plasma screens by the elevators and the plasma screen outside of the cinema you rented for your event time. We can supply directional signage in the main lobby and on the floor of your event; should you wish to bring your own, you are limited to TWO pieces stationed outside of your rented event space. Please note that any display of event sponsors will need to be approved prior to being placed in the public areas.
Included in all packages is is the venue license fee, standard A/V equipment, and food and beverage.
Looking to liven up your standard weekly meeting? Need a creative way to wow clients at your next meeting? Here’s your chance to offer employees and clients a unique experience and get their creative juices flowing! We’ll transform one of our TIFF Bell Lightbox boardrooms into an executive breakfast experience! We work with our preferred caterers to come up with a menu to start your day (and meeting) off right!
Looking for a unique space to host your employees or clients? What better way to end a long day or meeting with some relaxation, music and unwinding in a great atmosphere? Treat them to a private lounge experience tailored to your own brand. We work with you to create a floor plan, music, and overall ambience for your company lounge. Our preferred caterers will personalize a menu for you and can even create a signature cocktail for your group!
Let your employees or clients enjoy the ultimate TIFF experience. Start the evening with a private cocktail reception in one of our modern TIFF Bell Lightbox reception spaces, followed by a private screening (with free popcorn!) in one of our state-of-the-art cinemas! Let us roll out the red carpet and treat you just like the VIPs you are! This package also includes front of house staffing (projectionist, theatre manager, ushers), programming fees, coat check, red carpet treatment, and food and beverage including concessions.
Looking for a unique venue in Toronto to host your next team building event? TIFF Bell Lightbox can offer a one-of- a-kind corporate team building exercise is a great way to engage members of your team, allowing them to explore their creativity and problem-solving skills in a fun and interactive environment. In this workshop you will experience what it's like to be part of a film production by making a movie, from start to finish, in one day. Make a Movie in a Day is designed to strengthen leadership qualities, communication and character development — all you need to bring is your creativity and your imagination.
*Workshops are available on Mondays and Fridays only