Toronto International Film Festival Inc. / TIFF
TIFF volunteer takes a photo of a festival attendee with the festival's street sign

Recognized as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers (2016)

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

  • TIFF has steadily progressed from a small festival in the late '70s to one of the most important film festivals in the world -- located in a custom built facility that reflects its uniqueness and status in the industry, the Bell Lightbox centre is located in the heart of the city's bustling entertainment district and features five in-house cinemas, a film reference library, three learning studios and a centre for students and scholars
  • Not only is TIFF a unique Canadian employer that captures interest and applications from film enthusiasts worldwide, the organization also takes its responsibility as an employer very seriously, offering new moms and dads maternity and parental leave top-up payments (to 100% of salary for 25 weeks), including adoptive parents
The street outside of TIFF Bell Lightbox floods with Toronto International Film Festival attendees following a festival screening
TIFF employees celebrating milestone years of service at the organization's long service awards
TIFF employees engaging the TIFF Bell Lightbox's younger visitors at the TIFF Kids Learning Studio

Employer Background

Industry Motion Picture Promotion and Film Festival
Full-time employees in Canada 223
Part-time employees in Canada 129
Workforce engaged on a contract basis 36.6%
Average age of employees in Canada 33.9
Longest serving employee 33 years

Physical Workplace

Commuter amenities subsidized parking, 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, five cinemas, two galleries, three 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 window 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

Work Atmosphere & Communications

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 (all employees grouped into teams for a sports themed day last year)
Cultural aspects business casual dress, casual dress (e.g. jeans) daily, music while working
Employee communications intranet site, company newsletter

Financial Benefits & Compensation

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

Health & Family-Friendly Benefits

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)
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 flexible work hours, shortened work week (fewer hours with less pay)

Vacation & Personal Time-Off

Vacation allowance new employees receive 2 weeks of paid vacation after their first year on the job
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

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 peer-to-peer-recognition awards, long-service awards
Outside survey period outside consultant surveys are held every 12 months

Training & Skills Development

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

Community Involvement

Scope of charitable involvement local, national
Some of the community organizations supported Daily Bread 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 Daily Bread 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 (and often produced by youth) and exposes teens to film and life behind the camera.

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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 volunteers during the festival

Highlights for New Grads

Industry Motion Picture Promotion and Film Festival
Full-time employees in Canada 223
Part-time employees in Canada 129
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
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

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