TIFF Industry runs a series of tailored professional development programmes, to assist talented filmmakers to fast track their careers and projects. The broad range on offer includes bespoke opportunities for directors (Talent Lab), actors (Rising Stars) and filmmakers with films in Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival (Filmmaker Boot Camp). Filmmaking teams are encouraged to apply for Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!, and producers may apply to OMDC’s International Financing Forum, Producers Lab Toronto and Studio.
Directors with strong screenwriting skills may be eligible for TIFF’s new Len Blum Residency programme.
Breakfast at TIFF
Breakfast at TIFF is a new initiative that aims to bring the Toronto screen industry together at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Each month you’ll hear from provocative and expert speakers on timely subjects. You’ll have the chance to catch up over a light breakfast with colleagues, friends, and new acquaintances from the local film-production scene.
Watch this space for upcoming dates, topic announcements and ticket information.
Held annually during the Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF Talent Lab is an artistic development program intended for aspiring Canadian and international filmmakers. This extremely competitive programme provides 20 young directors and screenwriters with an intensive learning experience that seeks to further develop their creativity, artistic process, and voice. With guidance from some of the best-known and most esteemed experts in independent cinema from around the world, TIFF Talent Lab is designed to launch the careers of the next generation of filmmakers. Talent Lab applications are now closed for 2016.
The Slaight Family Foundation
TIFF Rising Stars immerses four chosen actors in a series of public events and private industry meetings during the Festival. They undertake intensive professional development with international casting directors, filmmakers, producers and development executives. Moreover, the Stars will be front row centre at some of the biggest red-carpet events at the Festival.
Studio is the year-round TIFF Industry programme at TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF is excited to launch the fourth round of Studio, co-supported by the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Director’s Guild of Canada.
Studio is a space for filmmakers to be inspired, consolidate skills, exchange ideas and discuss challenges in a collaborative environment. Offered to a selected group of 10 mid-career writer-directors across Canada, Studio is intended to take the candidates’ careers to the next level, via creative and business skill development.
Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!
Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! returns for its 17th consecutive year at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. This is your chance to bring a feature film project to life. All genres and styles of presentation are permitted. The most original and compelling story will be awarded a prize of $15,000. Six teams will have six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of industry delegates and a jury of development and production experts.
International Financing Forum
IFF is OMDC's feature film co-financing event at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, distributors, funders, and executive producers to do business in brokered meetings and benefit from exclusive networking opportunities.
Len Blum Residency
Launched in July 2015, the Len Blum Residency pays homage to one of Canada’s most celebrated screenwriters by providing one Canadian filmmaker with the opportunity to live, work, and receive mentorship at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The residency is generously supported by Toronto-based producer and distributor Ron Mann.
CMPA Producer’s Award
Celebrating vision and entrepreneurship, the Canadian Media Production Association's Feature Film Producer's Award is presented annually to an outstanding independent Canadian producer with a Canadian feature at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Producers Lab Toronto
Producers Lab Toronto is an international co-production forum delivered through a partnership between TIFF Industry, the Ontario Media Development Corporation, and European Film Promotion.