Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF
TIFF volunteers pose in front of the TIFF sign at the TIFF Bell Lightbox   (Photo credit: photograpedbybeatrice)

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017)

Here are some of the reasons why Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF was selected as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2017) and Greater Toronto's Top Employers (2016):

  • In addition to being an internationally recognized film festival, TIFF occupies a unique place in the Canadian cultural scene throughout the year hosting unique film-related initiatives such as the "TIFF Kids International Film Festival" for families and school groups and the "TIFF Next Wave Film Festival" that focuses on films for youth (from 14 to 18 years of age) that are often produced by youth themselves
  • TIFF's custom designed head office is located in the heart of the city's entertainment district and reflects its uniqueness and status in the industry -- known as the "Bell Lightbox" centre, the unique building features five in-house cinemas, a film reference library, three learning studios and a centre for students and scholars
  • TIFF offers new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents, maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 25 weeks) as well as alternative work options to help employee balance their work and personal lives
Employees and the public outside the TIFF Bell Lightbox after a festival screening

Employer Background

Industry Motion Picture Promotion and Film Festival
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 228
Part-time employees in Canada 167
Full-time employees worldwide 195
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 29.9%
Average age of employees in Canada 33.5
Longest serving employee 34 years

Physical Workplace A

Commuter amenities secure/sheltered bicycle parking
Workplace features head office is located in the custom-built Bell Lightbox centre in the heart of the city's bustling entertainment district, with 5 cinemas, 2 galleries, 3 learning studios, film reference library (home to the most extensive English-language collections of Canadian film-related material), private staff screening room, onsite bistro and restaurant, wellness room (that can also be used for prayer), shower facilities for bicycle commuters, free lunch-hour yoga classes once a month, self-serve lunchroom, discounts at local restaurants
Employee lounge amenities comfortable seating, private booths, quiet spaces by windows for meetings and casual conversation
Other nearby amenities fitness club, David Pecaut Square (which includes a farmer's market in the summer months), daycare, restaurants, Roy Thomson Hall, Royal Alexandra Theatre, and numerous restaurants, pubs, live music venues and dance clubs within a short walk

Work Atmosphere & Communications A

Employee social committee name Social Squad (est. 2003)
Recent social events evening holiday party during the Christmas season, monthly pub nights, a post-festival wrap party in the fall, Halloween party, Spring Fling Silent Auction in March to raise funds for TIFF's Pocket Fund (employees donate unused items), mid-year retreat in June (employees are grouped into teams for an Amazing Race throughout the city), employee and volunteer party (September)
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation B

Financial benefits note TIFF has multiple employee groups, financial benefits may vary by position
Outside salary surveys participates in outside salary surveys every 12 months
Employee salary reviews individual salaries are reviewed every 12 months
Long-term savings matching RSP
Long-term planning life & disability insurance
Year-end bonuses available to all employees
Additional financial benefits employee passes to the Toronto International Film Festival (including the opening gala), advance tickets to public movie screenings, discounted memberships to GoodLife Fitness

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits A

Health plan note TIFF has multiple employee groups, health plans may vary by position
Health plan premium as part of the health plan, the employer pays up to 100% of the premiums
Minimum hours worked for coverage 30 hours per week
Waiting period for coverage 90 days
Family coverage option yes
Retiree coverage option up to 70 years of age
Dental coverage routine, restorative
Traditional coverage (e.g. prescription drugs) yes
Additional coverage employee assistance (EAP) plan, semi-private hospital room, physiotherapy, medical travel insurance, homecare, medical equipment and supplies, massage therapy, nutrition planning, podiatrist, osteopathy, chiropractor, alternative coverage (e.g. accupuncture, naturopathy)
Family-friendly benefits note TIFF has multiple employee groups, family-friendly policies may vary by position
In vitro fertilization (IVF) $2,400 per lifetime
Maternity top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 15 weeks
Parental top-up (mothers) up to 100% of salary for 10 weeks
Parental top-up (fathers) up to 100% of salary for 25 weeks
Adoption top-up up to 100% of salary for 25 weeks
Additional family-friendly benefits yes
Alternative work options flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off B

Vacation note TIFF has multiple employee groups, vacation policies may vary by position
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
Vacation jump vacation increases after 3 years of employment
Maximum vacation allowance employees move to a maximum of 5 weeks of vacation over their career
Unpaid leave of absence option yes
Additional time-off information duration of unpaid leaves of absence are determined on a case-by-case basis

Employee Engagement & Performance B+

Employee performance reviews employees receive individual performance reviews every 6 months
Managers receive performance review training yes
360° feedback option as part of the review process, performance feedback is also solicited from co-workers and other managers familiar with each employee's work
Confidential employee feedback employees can also provide confidential feedback on their manager's performance
Exit interview exit interview option is available for departing employees
Performance recognition individual performance bonuses, peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards
In-house survey period in-house surveys are conducted every 12 months

Training & Skills Development B+

In-house training initiatives mentoring, in-house training, online training, paid internships, subsidies for professional accreditation
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Tuition subsidy coverage employer covers up to 100% of tuition per year
Annual tuition maximum employer pays up to $1,000 in tuition subsidies per year

Community Involvement B+

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Total number of charities supported last year approximately 325 charitable and community organizations were supported last year
Some of the community organizations supported Second Harvest Foodbank, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (patient volunteers help out prior to the festival as part of attendee registration and are exposed to some of the background buzz of the annual festival), St. John Ambulance's Therapy Dogs (includes a visitation by the dogs at the head office)
Community highlight Beyond employees' charitable efforts, such as support for the Second Harvest Foodbank in Toronto, the TIFF occupies a unique place in the Canadian cultural scene, creating greater engagement with Canadian and international film through a variety of unique film-related initiatives in the community, including the TIFF Kids International Film Festival (for families and school groups) and the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival which highlights films for youth 14 to 18 years of age (often produced by youth) and exposes teens to film and life behind the camera.

The Career Directory

Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF has been selected for The Career Directory, our guide to entry-level recruitment for recent college and university graduates.
TIFF employees working in the organization's retail shop in the TIFF Bell Lightbox

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Motion Picture Promotion and Film Festival
Major Canadian hiring locations Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 228
Part-time employees in Canada 167
Student opportunities paid internships, co-op opportunities
Training subsidies for professional accreditation, orientation program, online training, in-house training, mentoring
Tuition subsidies (related to job) yes
Typical new grad positions Intern, Assistant, Coordinator
Starting salary $35K to $40K
Work perks health benefits for new employees, flexible work hours
Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job

Academic fields recruited


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