Christie Pits Film Festival is a local arts organization that programmes a free weekly series of outdoor film screenings each summer in Christie Pits Park, Toronto. Founded in 2011 by cultural programmer and local resident Emily Reid, the festival brings high quality, diverse and engaging film programming to the residents of Toronto’s urban west end and increases the use­-value of the park it calls home.

The festival’s programme includes a combination of popular and critically-acclaimed feature films to draw large audiences, and local and Canadian short and feature films to share with our attendees to excellent homegrown artistry.

CPFF takes place in the natural amphitheatre of Christie Pits park, which now sees average audiences of 1000 people each night.

In January 2015, Christie Pits Film Festival incorporated as the umbrella organization Toronto Outdoor Picture Show, dedicated to sharing outdoor cinema with Toronto communities. TOPS aims to celebrate the art of cinema and nurture cinephilia in Toronto. Our curatorial approach reflects this emphasis on the audience and the community.

Festival Founding Members

Emily Reid

Festival Director & Lead Programmer

Felan Parker

Associate Director of Programming & Operations

Nikin Nagewadia

Board of Directors

  • Meredith Best
  • Aamir Fancy
  • Brandy Hagborg, Chair
  • Christian Kelley
  • Mike Layton
  • Stephanie Pope
  • Emily Reid
  • Jane Schoettle (Honorary)