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canadian film gallery

Mary Pickford and the Invention of the Movie Star

FREE! Travel back to the era that created our celebrity obsessed culture through this personal view of America’s sweetheart: from her Canadian roots to her international celebrity status.

Exhibition on display: January 13 – July 3, 2021

The Rob Brooks Mary Pickford Collection in the Canadian Film Gallery, located on the 4th floor.

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in the library

BMO Study Centre

Free to the public, the Film Reference Library holds 19,000 volumes; 65,000 film production files; more than 100 current magazines; 12,000 DVD, video and laserdisc titles and 6,000 soundtracks, which can be viewed, experienced and enjoyed on site at the Gary and Joanne Reamey Family Media Centre situated in the BMO Study Centre..
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Brian Linehan Research Room

Collections can be accessed by appointment in the Brian Linehan Research Room, named after the late broadcaster who donated a very special archive of his own research to the FRL.
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With direction from the City of Toronto’s Heritage Preservation Services, TIFF is also commemorating the rich history of the King & John site with a permanent display of artifacts and interpretive panels, entitled HOME. This project tells the stories of the people and communities that have called King and John home.
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what is the film reference libary

"The Film Reference Library is a destination for the study and appreciation of film and is devoted to the preservation of Canada’s cinematic history. We’re happy to welcome the library and the Canadian Film Gallery to Toronto’s new home for film, TIFF Bell Lightbox," said Piers Handling, CEO and Director, TIFF.


Learning Opportunities TIFF Bell Lightbox

With the opening of TIFF Bell Lightbox educators and students are invited to engage in a variety of applied film programmes. Film is a tool that can give a voice to students, bridge cultures and transform the way they see the world.
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visiting bell lightbox

The FRL is free to the public!

The Film Reference Library is located on the 4th floor at TIFF Bell Lightbox. See the FRL hours of operation.