TIFF Next Wave Film Festival

Hi Vervegirl readers,

My name is Larissa Rinkoff.  I’m a 17-year-old and in twelfth grade. I’m a member of the TIFF Next Wave Committee – a group of 12 high-school students who share a passion for film. My obsession with cinema made itself known early on, and as I grew up I became more and more interested in seeking out films I might otherwise not get a chance to see. As such, when I heard about the opportunity for a young person like myself to get involved with TIFF through the TIFF Next Wave Committee I immediately jumped at the chance.

Since joining the Committee I’ve had countless opportunities to meet amazing filmmakers and see amazing films. It’s been very exciting to see long-time heroes of mine, like Tim Burton, in person, but what I’ve enjoyed even more is the chance to see films by so many burgeoning young filmmakers. The film industry is so much more than an industry – it’s a community, one that shares film as its passion.

From May 10 to May 12, we’re delighted to bring you the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival, a series of films and events programmed for young people by young people. The festival offers films that span a huge variety of genres and countries, offering a diverse and exciting line-up. One of the things I’m most looking forward to is the screening of La Haine, a French film first released in 1995. The film does a fantastic job of discussing the teenage experience as well as larger political issues in France, yet is able to retain its sense of humour throughout. We’re proud to present this film alongside everything else we have to offer in this year’s inaugural TIFF Next Wave Film Festival. We hope to see you there! Larissa