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Online Industry registration for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival is now closed.

Attendees can still register onsite September 6–16 between 9:00am and 7:00pm at the Industry Centre, Hyatt Regency Hotel, mezzanine level, 370 King Street West. Please bring a business card with you for the onsite approval process.

Please review our pass options and onsite prices below.

Have questions? Contact us at or call 416.934.5834

Register as a new delegate

Returning Delegate? If you didn’t receive your email, please email
If your company has changed, email us the updated name after you register.



Screening Access
Rush for Press & Industry
Rush for Public
+Trial Membership to Cinando and Festival Scope



Screening Access
Press & Industry
Secondary access to Priority
Rush for Public
+Trial Membership to Cinando and Festival Scope




Screening Access
Press & Industry
Secondary access to Priority
2 Public tickets per day
Rush for Public
+Trial Membership to Cinando and Festival Scope
Screening library


Film Rep


Screening Access
Press & Industry
Priority Screenings
1 Public ticket per day
Rush for Public
+Trial Membership to Cinando and Festival Scope
Screening library




Screening Access
Press & Industry
Priority Screenings
4 Public tickets per day
Rush for Public
+ Access to Buyers' Lounge
Trial Membership to Cinando and Festival Scope
Screening library

1 Day Pass

Doc Conference


This pass only provides access to Doc Conference on September 13. It does not come with any of the benefits associated to our other pass types.

All passes are subject to additional approval.
* * Film Rep passes are available exclusively to producers and sales agents with films in Official Selection. Buyers passes are available exclusively to buyers, distributors and acquisition executives.


How to pick up your pass

You can pick up your pass between September 6 and 16 from 9am to 7pm at the Industry Centre (Mezzanine Level, King Ballroom). You'll require a business card, Photo ID, or a version of your Confirmation Letter. In the event that someone else will be picking up your Pass, the company name on your pass must match their pass or business card.

"Help! I lost my pass!"

Lost or stolen passes must be reported to the Registration Desk (Industry Center). A $20 replacement fee will apply. (Credit cards only).

How to access screenings
You need your pass to gain access to all screenings. Learn the differences between screening types below.
What is the Industry accreditation process?

The accreditation process takes place once you purchase a Pass. We review the professional information you provided on your registration form, and either approve your Pass purchase or recommend a different Pass type, better suited to your role in the industry. Make sure to complete the registration form with as many details as possible. If we require more information, we will reach out to you directly.

Which Industry Pass do I register for?

All passes offer the same access to the Industry Conference, meeting spaces, screening libraries and exclusive delegate resources (except for our one-day Doc Conference Pass). The main difference between our various pass options is screening access. Our Conference Pass is ideal for emerging film professionals, while our Industry Pass is the most popular option — providing fluid access to a wide range of professional services, including screenings. Premium and Buyer Passes are designed for those working in distribution and acquisitions. Film Rep Passes are exclusively for sales agents and producers with films in Official Selection.

Can one Industry Pass be shared among colleagues?

Each delegate attending the festival must purchase their own pass. Passes are not transferrable.

I paid for a pass but have not received a confirmation email. Should I be concerned?

The accreditation process takes up to three days. If you do not hear from us before then, please email us at or give us a call at +1 416.934.5834.

I have a film in the festival. Do I still have to pay for my Pass?

This depends on your involvement in the film and applies only to films confirmed for Official Selection. Please inquire at

I am unable to attend. Can I transfer my pass to a colleague or receive a refund?

All Passes are non-refundable as stated upon point of purchase. A Pass may be transferred to another person within the same company at the same professional level, by no later than August 10. No transfers will be allowable after this date.

Does TIFF have a market? Can I set up a stand/be an exhibitor?

TIFF has an ‘unofficial market’ with a unique business model. We do not offer traditional exhibitor opportunities, but national agencies representing countries from around the world have stands in our Industry Centre. Please consult the “Guide for Industry Professionals” guide for advice or contact us: +1 416.934.5834 /

Is there a list available of industry professionals attending TIFF?

All registered delegates are included in the Delegates Guide, a comprehensive list of everyone attending the Festival professionally. Use this to connect, network, and schedule meetings.
The Delegates Guide is now available to all registered delegates.

How do I book meetings with Buyers?

Please use the Delegates Guide as a resource to identify people you’d like to meet. The Delegates Guide is a comprehensive list of everyone attending the festival professionally. Use this to connect, network, and schedule meetings. A list of national agencies with offices in the Industry Centre will also be available.

Will my delegate badge get me into parties?

TIFF does not have access to independent parties and events during the Festival. Keep an eye out for the TIFF Happy Hours, which take place at the end of each day of programming at the Industry Conference. Remember to check your mailbox each day for invitations to external events.

I’m a film student/scholar. Do you offer special rates for academics?

Yes! TIFF values and encourages academic presence at the festival. Please contact us at to enquire about special rates.

I have accessibility needs. Whom can I contact to make arrangements?

We are glad to accommodate and make your visit as accessible as possible. If you are an industry delegate, please start by contacting us at Individuals attending publicly should contact Customer Relations at:

Can you help me book my hotel and flight? Do you offer special rates?

Yes! Contact for rates and assistance.

You will find more information in these special Industry documents which are designed especially for you:

1. For general information please read our Industry Brochure
2. For promotional and advertising opportunities please read our Promotional Brochure
3. For professional guidance through the Festival please read: A Guide for Industry Professionals

Access Screenings

Remember: You’ll need your pass to gain access to all screenings.

Press & Industry (P&I) Screenings

Arrive at least 15 minutes before the screening’s scheduled start time. Seating is first-come, first-served. When a cinema is full, a line will be formed in case seats become available

Combined Screenings

Some Platform and Wavelength screenings are intended for both public and Press & Industry. These screenings are ticketed.

In advance you can collect a ticket at the Industry Box Office or on the day of at the Venue Box Office. Tickets guarantee admission up to 15 minutes prior to the start of the screening.

Public Screenings - Advanced tickets

Premium, Film Rep, and Buyers passes have access to public tickets (1, 2, or 4 per day respectively). These tickets can be selected up to two days in advance of the screening.

Tickets for day-of screenings cannot be exchanged or returned. We do not reprint lost or stolen tickets.

Only accredited delegates can enter the Industry Box Office.

Find out more about public tickets

Public Screenings - Same day tickets

If public tickets are available on the day of a screening, they can be obtained at the Venue Box Office by using your pass (1 per pass, per screening).

Priority Access

Priority Screenings are a benefit of our Buyer, Film Rep, and Priority Press Passes. There are a small number of priority screenings that press and buyers need to attend before the first public screening of a film — it’s part of their job. All Priority Press & Industry screenings also have at least one regular Press & Industry screening.

Film Rep and Buyers Passes have Priority Screening Access. A select amount of Press & Industry Screenings are identified as Priority.

Priority is granted up until 15 minutes before the screening start time.

Industry and Premium Passes have secondary access to these screenings and will be let in after the Priority line.

Rush Access

The rush line refers to the lineup or queue for a particular screening on the day the film is showing. Remaining seats for a screening are offered on a first-come, first-served basis to people who line up to gain access.

Pass holders with RUSH access will be let into a screening 10 minutes prior to the screening subject to seating availability.

Conference Access

To gain access pass holders are encouraged to arrive least 15 minutes prior to the start of the session. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis

Industry Venue Access

All passes with the exception of the Doc Conference Pass grant access to the Industry Centre, Business Centre and Digital Screening Library @ the Hyatt Regency as well as the Industry Lounge @ the Glenn Gould.

Buyers Pass holders have access to the Buyers Lounge @ the ScotiaBank Theatre.

Code of Conduct

Our staff and volunteers are here to ensure the best possible Festival experience for all. We will not tolerate mistreatment of any kind towards our staff and volunteers and will take measures accordingly. TIFF reserves the right to refuse admission and/or expel from the premises, without refund, any persons whose presence or conduct is deemed objectionable.

Key Dates

August 15
Last day to purchase promotional opportunities
August 23
National Agency stands announced
August 25
Digital programme book available online
August 26
Online industry registration closes
August 30
Rights list preview
September 2
Rights list available
September 4
Public single tickets on sale
September 6
Onsite registration and pass pick up begins
September 9-15
Industry Conference
September 13
Doc Conference

Resources for Registered Delegates

Festival Schedule

Access the Festival schedule online. Click the 'download' icon to access as a .csv or PDF.

Press & Industry Guide

View the schedule for Public Screenings, Press & Industry Screenings, and TIFF Industry Conference events — all in one convenient PDF.

Digital Programme Book

A copy of the Official Programme Book with films and events.

Industry Guide for Professionals

TIFF'S Guide for Industry Professionals has lots of additional information to help you design a Festival experience according to your needs.

Delegates Guide

Browse a list of all registered delegates attending TIFF 2016, and book your meetings, or edit your profile.

Rights List

All rights and info for films in official selection at TIFF 2016.

Screening Library

For registrants who may have missed a selected film. You’ll need your pass to gain entry. Open from September 8–17 from 9am–7pm on the concourse level of the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

Cinando + Festival Scope

Watch a selection of films online, post-Festival. Pass holders, with the exception of students, will receive a free trial membership to these two platforms. Details will be provided by Cinando and Festival Scope.

Conference Video Archive

Watch previous Industry panels and sessions on our YouTube channel.

Consulting @ Broker Corner

Our Consultant provides assistance to producers and filmmakers who don't have sales agents representing their films in Selection.


Last year the Industry Centre had 50,000 visits, representing 5,000+ registered delegates, 1,200 members of the press, and 920 directors and actors.

Happy Hours

Join us at the end of each day of our Conference (September 9-15) to connect and network with other industry delegates.

Industry Tours

Take a tour of our industry venues on September 8 or 9. The tours commence at 12 noon at the Glenn Gould lobby. Get the most out of your Festival experience. More information coming soon.

Message Center @ the Hyatt

Use our mail hub to connect with delegates. Include a name and mailbox # to exchange messages with colleagues. Located behind the Registration Desk in the Industry Centre.

Business Centre @ the Hyatt

Print, photocopy, and send e-mails at our Business Centre - now located on the Mezzanine Level of the Hyatt Regency.

Buyers' Lounge @ Scotiabank Theatre

Take a meeting or enjoy a quiet break between screenings. Located at the ScotiaBank Theatre, this space is exclusively for registered Buyers.

Promotional Opportunities

Banners & Bag Inserts

Advertise a film, location, or technology with a banner. Our venues have over 60,000 visits from 7,400 industry, press, and guests. Purchase a bag insert and get your message into the hands of all our industry delegates.

National Agency Stands

Promote your national cinema and create a hub for your filmmakers and sales agents in town.

Private Screenings

Host a private screening at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Festival

Booking Window Info

Host an event

If you are looking to host a cocktail party, dinner, or other event, let us help

Getting There


Registered delegates may take advantage of reduced rates at our partner hotels. Details are in your Confirmation Letter. See our partners.

VISA Support

Need help getting a VISA? We can help. Contact and we'll provide a letter of support. Find out what travel documentation is needed for entry by visiting the Government of Canada's website.


Delegates can take advantage of a promotional code on bookings with Air Canada and Porter Airlines. Learn More

Professional Development

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.

Breakfast @ 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.

Learn more

Breakfast @ TIFF

We’re kicking off our 2016 Breakfast at TIFF season on FRIDAY, JUNE 3 with a topic that has truly captured interest and created debate: access to finances and film festivals.

Don’t miss our session, where a panel of speakers will debate this subject. You’ll hear from director MATT JOHNSON, filmmakers KAZIK RADWANSKI and INGRID VENINGER, a representative from TELEFILM CANADA, and moderator CAMERON BAILEY, Artistic Director, Toronto International Film Festival.

DATE: Friday, June 3, 2016
TIME: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
VENUE: Bell Blue Room, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto TICKET PRICE: $18.00 + HST
A light breakfast will be served.

Talent Lab

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. The Talent Lab application period is now open — and it’s FREE to apply!

See our selected 2016 participants

Presenting Sponsor: RBC, Supported by: Telefilm Canada, Supported by: The Slaight Family Foundation and Ivan Reitman

Learn More

Talent Lab


TIFF Talent Lab is open to emerging filmmakers with a minimum of two short-film credits and a maximum of one feature-film credit as director or screenwriter. Please note that Talent Lab focuses primarily on narrative storytelling and filmmaking.

  • International applicants are welcome. All Talent Lab sessions are held in English, so applicants must be fluent.
  • Only one submission per applicant. Maximum of three total submissions per applicant over the last 12 years. If you have applied for Talent Lab unsuccessfully on three different occasions in the past decade, you are not eligible to apply for 2016. .
  • Applicants must submit a continuous excerpt of one film project (short film, feature film; documentary, fiction, or animation). The clip must not exceed one minute in length. Please note that we do not accept submissions of full-length films, demo reels, music videos, or trailers. If you have applied for Talent Lab previously you must submit a different film clip.
  • Applications need to be submitted by the applicants themselves, not by third parties (i.e., assistants, co-workers, etc.).


Talent Lab offers an incredible learning and professional development opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world. In addition, selected participants will receive:

  • a Toronto International Film Festival Industry Pass
  • accommodations in a downtown hotel for the duration of the programme (available to selected participants whose place of resides is more than 50km outside of Toronto)
  • a lunch provided by TIFF Industry on the four main days of the Lab, September 8–11
  • invitations to attend two networking cocktails and one Talent Lab–specific dinner

Please note: TIFF Industry does not cover travel costs for selected participants. Flights, train or car travel, etc. are the responsibility of the participants.

Submission Guidelines and Deadlines

All applications must be submitted by 5pm EST on Monday, June 20.

All applicants must include a Vimeo link to a one-minute clip from one of their films in the online application form. Please observe the following rules when submitting the link to your clip:

1. Your clip must not be longer than one minute.
2. The link to the clip needs to be valid and active until July 29, 2016.
3. Please ensure that the clip is in high resolution.
4. Please ensure that the clip is downloadable.
5. Please ensure that the clip includes English subtitles if the work is in a language other than English.
6. If you would like to password-protect your clip, please use the password TL2016.
7. Please add information on the clip’s context to the description on Vimeo.
8. Demo reels, trailers and music videos will not be accepted.
9. Submissions of full-length films with time codes to be played will not be considered by the jury.

Have a question of Talent Lab? Please contact

Supported by: Ivan Reitman

Rising Stars

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.

See our selected 2016 participants

Presenting Partner: The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, Supported by: Telefilm Canada, Supported by: CSA, Sponsored by: L'Oréal Paris, Industry Sponsors: Birks, Hudson's Bay

Learn More

Rising Stars

Applications for Rising Stars 2016 are now closed. Check back August 3 to meet our 2016 participants and for updates on the programme.

Supported by: Ivan Reitman


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 aspace 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.

See our selected 2016 participants

Supported by: The Harold Greenberg Fund, Director's Guild of Canada, and Ivan Reitman.

2016 Programming


2016 Programming

Module 3: Co-Producing 101

Canada has one of the most envied financial public funding systems, and 55 co-production treaties. Telefilm Canada and Eurimages will soon announce the entrance of Canada into the European Co-production Funding Agency. How will that impact Canadian financing and content? What should you know before you get involved in co-production? What is the value of co-production markets such as CineMart and the co-production market in Berlin? What are the incentives of co-producing internationally and /or with other Canadian provinces?

Guest Speakers Paula Devonshire (Devonshire Productions) and Paul Scherzer (Six Island Pictures) will answer these questions and share their experiences based on the film and TV projects they have co-produced.

Paul Scherzer is the founder and president of Six Island Productions. He has co-produced a host of acclaimed international features, including the Tunisia/France/Canada co-production Challat of Tunis (13) and the Canada/Germany co-production Coconut Hero (15), as well as documentaries like Manufactured Landscapes (06) and The Manor (13). His films have played at festivals from TIFF to Sundance, Cannes to Busan, and have been sold in many international markets. Prior to founding Six Island, Paul worked for Telefilm and the NFB. He is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre, a TIFF Studio alumnus, and a member of the CMPA, ACCT, and the prestigious European producers’ network, ACE.

Paula Devonshire is a Toronto-based producer specializing in domestic and international film and television. Her first features were Ginger Snaps: Unleashed (04) and Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning (04). She has also produced Real Time (08), starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel, which played at the Slamdance Film Festival and TIFF, George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead (07) and Survival of the Dead (09), which screened at Venice and TIFF, the coming of age drama Wet Bum (14), which premiered at TIFF, and the psychological thriller The Dark Stranger (15).

See 2016 Participants

Studio is the year-round TIFF Industry programme at TIFF Bell Lightbox. TIFF Industry is excited to launch the fourth round of Studio co-supported by the Harold Greenberg Fund and the Director’s Guild of Canada.

As a space for filmmakers to be inspired, Studio participants consolidate skills, exchange ideas, and discuss challenges in a collaborative environment. This year, Studio is open to writer-directors with a minimum of one feature film and/​or three short film credits as writer-director. These participants are curious about all fields of film, TV, documentary, online, interactive and transmedia, and are interested in collaborating with their peers, as well as challenging their own views.

Chosen participants will have a unique opportunity to interact with internationally acclaimed industry professionals – including acclaimed filmmakers, experienced producers and other experts in both the Canadian and international film industries.


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.

Presenting Partner: Telefilm Canada

Learn more

Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!

Applications for Telefilm Canada's Pitch This! are now closed. Check back to meet this year's finalists on August 3, 2016.

Applicants need to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. At least one of the pitch team members needs to meet one of the following criteria:

  • Alumni of Talent Lab at the Toronto International Film Festival;
  • Alumni or Participant in TIFF Studio;
  • Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for a previous edition of the Toronto
  • Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for a previous edition of Canada's Top Ten; OR
  • Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for one of the following major Canadian film festivals OR a major international film festival:
    • Atlantic Film Festival
    • Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
    • Montreal World Film Festival
    • Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal
    • Sudbury Film Festival
    • Calgary International Film Festival
    • Edmonton Film Festival
    • Vancouver International Film Festival
    • Whistler Film Festival
    • TIFF Kids International Film Festival


  • Applicants must not have more than three feature films to their credit, in order to be eligible.
  • Please note that finalists of the 2015 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! are not eligible to apply for this year's event.
  • The cost of travel to Toronto is the responsibility of the individual

All applications must be submitted by 5pm EST on Monday, June 27. One submission per applicant and the application must be submitted in English.

Have questions about Telefilm Canada’s Pitch This!? Please contact us at indus­trypro­gram­

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.

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Producer's Award

Congratulations to Robert Lantos, winner of the 2015 CMPA Producer’s Award and producer of the 2015 Festival selection Remember.

The CMPA Producer’s Award recognizes the creativity and tenacity of Canadian producers while promoting the Canadian film and television industry. It is presented on the opening day of the Festival and comes with a cash prize of $10,000 CAD.

2015 Nominees

Sylvain Corbeil – Les êtres Chers
Production Company: metafilms
Filmography: Félix et Meira, Mommy (associate producer), Joy of Man’s Desiring, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, Head Down, Diego Star, Bestiaire, The Torrent, Nuit #1, Laurentia, Tromper le silence, Curling, Carcasses, All That She Wants

David Hamilton – Beeba Boys
Production Company: Hamilton Mehta Productions
Filmography: Midnight’s Children, Cooking with Stella, Heaven on Earth, The Forgotten Woman, Water, Bollywood/​Hollywood, Lunch with Charles, Earth, Fire

Robert Lantos – Remember
Production Company: Serendipity Point Films
Filmography: The Right Kind of Wrong, Barney’s Version, Eastern Promises, Adoration, Fugitive Pieces, Where the Truth Lies, Being Julia, The Statement, Ararat, Men with Brooms, Picture Claire, Stardom, Sunshine, Felicia’s Journey, eXistenZ, Strike!, The Sweet Hereafter, Crash, Never Talk to Strangers, Johnny Mnemonic, Whale Music, Black Robe, Joshua Then and Now, Night Magic, Separate Vacations, Bedroom Eyes, Heavenly Bodies, Scandale, Paradise, Your Ticket Is No Longer Valid, Suzanne, Agency, In Praise of Older Women, L’ange et la femme

Kim McCraw – Endorphine, My Internship in Canada
Production Company: micro_scope
Filmography: Tu dors Nicole, Fermières, Enemy, Whitewash, Gabrielle, Inch’Allah, Monsieur Lazhar, Familiar Grounds, Incendies, It’s Not Me, I Swear!, Continental, a Film Without Guns, Congorama, Familia, Ordinaire ou super, Snooze

Laura J. Milliken – Fire Song
Production Company: Big Soul Productions Inc.
Filmography: Moccasin Flats: Redemption, Mohawk Midnight Runners, The Smoke Shack, Go Get Dad, The Garden, Totem, Good Looking, I’m Not the Indian You Had in Mind, 133 Skyway, Laurel, Moccasin Flats

Producers Lab

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.

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Producer's Lab

The sixth edition of Producers Lab Toronto was held during the Toronto International Film Festival from September 9–12, 2015. Ten producers each from Europe and Canada joined with four participants from Australia and New Zealand to exchange ideas and information on funding and co-production on both sides of the Atlantic and Down Under.

The 24 participants took part in pitching sessions, case studies, roundtables and networking events with key people from the film industry and film funds. The aim is to both develop an understanding of international arrangements and to deepen relationships, in order to progress projects with an international scope.

2015 Producer’s Lab Participants

European participants:
Adis Djapo, SCCA (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
Ivo Felt, Allfilm (Estonia)
Eva Jakobsen, Snowglobe (Denmark)
Hlín Johannesdóttir, Vintage Pictures (Iceland)
Hanan Kattan, Enlightenment Productions (UK)
Nathalie Lichtenthaeler, Wide Eye Films (Ireland)
Floor Onrust, Family Affair Films (Netherlands)
Silvia Panáková, Arina (Slovak Republic)
Edmon Roch, Ikiru Films (Spain)
Peter Rommel, Rommel Film (Germany)

Canadian participants:
Bob Crowe, Angel Entertainment Corp.
Chantelle Kadyschuk, No Trace Camping Productions
Kaleena Kiff, Radius Squared Media Group
Jane Loughman, Monkeys & Parrots
Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, First Love Films
Marie-Claude Poulin, Item 7
Julia Rosenberg, January Films
Simone Urdl, The Film Farm
Barbara Willis Sweete, Willis Sweete Productions
Arnie Zipursky, CCI Entertainment

Australian participants:
Raquelle David, Damsel Pictures
Rebecca Summerton, Closer Productions

New Zealand participants:
Alexander Behse, Monsoon Pictures International
Leanne Saunders, Piki Films

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.

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International Financing Forum

Now celebrating its 11th year, OMDC’s IFF has introduced hundreds of projects to the international marketplace with over 60 successfully financed to date, including Robert Budreau's Born to be Blue, Deepa Mehta’s Midnight’s Children, Denis Villeneuve’s Incendies, David Michôd’s Animal Kingdom, Haiffa Al-Mansour’sWadjda, and Ralph Fiennes directorial debut, Coriolanus among many other titles.

Canadian and international feature film producers are invited to apply to IFF. Registration is free but competitive. Final selection is based on company track record, pitch package and suitability of projects.

For more information about IFF and its application guidelines, see Here.

Filmmakers Bootcamp

Developed in partnership with Telefilm Canada, Filmmaker Boot Camp gives directors and producers the skills and contacts they need to make the most of their experience at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Supported by: Telefilm Canada

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Filmmakers Bootcamp

We know that Festival can unfold into a quick blur, and our goal is to ensure that our first time filmmakers and producers in official selection enjoy full access to all the resources available to them during the festival.

Filmmaker Boot Camp is a one day programme. It is open to Canadian directors and producers who are attending the Festival for the first-time with their feature or short film in Official Selection. Producers in TIFF’s Studio programme are also invited to participate.

Filmmaker Boot Camp takes place August 4, 2016 and is by invitation only. For more information contact

Industry Office

TIFF Industry offers year-round professional development opportunities, fluid access to TIFF's film festivals and world class sales support to film industry professionals. Our team enable business, development, and connections for filmmakers and screen industry professionals.

Our Team

Kathleen Drumm
Industry Director
Geoff Macnaughton
Industry Senior Manager
Lynne Crocker
Manager, Industry Programming
Hayet Benkara
Programmer, Talent Development

Gabrielle Leith
Senior Coordinator, Industry Services
Brittany Allan
Industry Coordinator

Find us during the Festival
September 8-18, 2016 | 9:00am - 7:00pm
TIFF Industry Centre @Hyatt Regency Hotel, 370 King Street West, Toronto

Find us Year-Round
Monday - Friday | 9:00am to 5:00pm EST
TIFF Bell Lightbox Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto

Festival registration
All other industry questions
Promotionals opportunities
Talent development
Events at TIFF
Events off site
Film submissions
Press accreditation


    Major Industry Supporters
    Industry Sponsors
    Industry Supporters
    Media Partners

TIFF Industry congratulates the 2016 selected participants in our Talent Development Programmes, Rising Stars, Talent Lab, and Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS!

Rising Stars

Learn more about this programme

Jared Abrahamson

Jared Abrahamson was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba and currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. After a stint working in the mines and competing as a pro mixed martial arts fighter, he attended the Vancouver Film School. Abrahamson had a lead role in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Finding a Family (11) and parts in the ABC pilot The Manzanis, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (12), and Awkward. Recently, Abrahamson filmed roles in Keep Watching (16); Hello Destroyer (TIFF 16); Gun (16); Veracruz (16); Never Steady, Never Still (16); Hollow in the Land (16); and a recurring character on AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.

Grace Glowicki

Grace Glowicki is an actor, director, and writer based in Toronto. She has appeared in films at many major US film festivals this year. At the Sundance Film Festival, her performance in Ben Petrie's Her Friend Adam (16) won her a Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance. The film has since played SXSW Film Festival, NYC’s Rooftop Films, and the Sundance Short Film Tour. She also starred in Jason Jeffrey’s A Teachable Moment (16), which played the Tribeca Film Festival. Upcoming acting projects include the narrative feature Cardinal (17), directed by Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley; Jordan Canning’s Suck it Up (17), which she co-executive produced; and Tito, her feature-length directorial debut.

Mylène MacKay

Mylène Mackay is an actor and comedian, born in Saint-Didace. Currently based in Montreal, she graduated from L’École nationale de théâtre du Canada in 2011. Mackay appeared on television and on stage before her first major film role in André Turpin’s Endorphine (15). Upcoming roles include André Forcier’s Embrasse moi comme tu m’aimes (16), and the title role in Anne Émond’s Nelly (16), based on the life and work of author Nelly Arcan. Mackay is also involved in several voice dubbing projects.

Sophie Nélisse

Sophie Nélisse was born in Windsor and raised in Montreal. She starred in Brian Percival’s The Book Thief (13) and Philippe Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar (11), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and earned her a Genie Award for her performance. Nélisse’s latest film credits include Stephen Herek’s The Great Gilly Hopkins (15); Nathan Morlando’s Mean Dreams (16), which premiered at Cannes; Radu Mihaileanu’s The History of Love (16); Dominic James’s Wait Till Helen Comes (16), set to be released this October; and Academy Award nominee Yan England’s directorial debut, 1:54 (16).

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Juan Andrés Arango

Juan Andrés Arango was born in Bogota. He studied cinematography and television at the National University of Colombia. His feature films are La Playa DC (12), and X Quinientos (16).

RT Thorne

Director RT! has emerged as one of Canada’s most prolific storytellers since debuting on the filmmaking scene only a few years ago. With over 160 music videos to his credit, RT! has been awarded 17 International video awards and is the most awarded music video director in Canadian history. In 2012 he developed, co-produced, co-wrote and directed an original TV movie special for MUCH entitled ALIVE which was nominated at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards, and also scored a Best Director Nomination for RT! In 2015 his short film THE TIME TRAVELER won Best Short at the Canadian Film Festival. Currently working out of Toronto as a television series director, he most recently earned a 2015 Directors Guild of Canada nomination for his episodic work. RT! continues to follow his passion for storytelling dedicated to creating & developing commercially viable filmmaking properties with diverse cultural perspectives

Sara St. Onge

Sara St. Onge is a writer and director who was born in Canada and spent her formative years in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in photography, but never attended film school. Her films have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, the Palm Springs Film Festival, and MoMA, and aired on CBC, Bravo!, TMN/Movie Central, Sundance Channel, and HBO Europe. She lives in Toronto.

Jeffrey St. Jules

Jeffrey St. Jules is the only Canadian ever selected for the Cannes Festival Residence, where he developed his much-lauded feature debut, Bang Bang Baby (14), which premiered at TIFF where it was awarded Best First Canadian Feature. It was also the winner of the Spirit Award for Independent Cinema at the Santa Barbara Film Festival and the award for outstanding debut feature at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Pat Mills

Pat Mills’ first feature film, the dark comedy Guidance (14), which he wrote, directed and starred in, had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. Released in Canada and the USA in August 2015, it was hailed as a “Grade A” comedy by the Los Angeles Times and was a New York Times Critics Pick. It also gained him an Actra Award nomination for Outstanding Male Performance. An alumnus of TIFF Talent lab, Mills was named winner of Telefilm Canada’s Pitch This! for his next feature film Don’t Talk to Irene (16), which went on to win Best Comedy Screenplay at the Austin Screenplay Competition.

Lindsay Mackay

Lindsay Mackay is a writer/director. Her debut feature, Wet Bum (14), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named a Top 10 Finalist in the prestigious Zoetrope Screenwriting Competition. She is a graduate of the Directing program at the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, where she was granted the distinguished Franklin J. Schaffner Fellow and Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Awards, and her thesis film Clear Blue won the esteemed College Television Award (the Student Emmy). Her work has screened at festivals worldwide including TIFF, SXSW, AFI Fest, Palm Springs International ShortsFest and Camerimage. She currently divides her time between Toronto and Los Angeles.

Joey Klein

Joey Klein is a Montreal actor/filmmaker and a graduate of Concordia University and Circle in the Square Theatre School. He has written, directed, and scored two short films, Waiting for You (12) and Waterloo (13), and the feature The Other Half (Narrative Competition, SXSW 16). His next two projects, A Vacation in Iceland and ‘Untitled Revenge Project’ complete a trilogy exploring how cycles of violence affect love and intimacy. His acting credits include The Animal Project (TIFF 13), The Husband (TIFF 13), Girl in the White Coat (nominated for a Jutra Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013), and American Gangster (07). He currently has a recurring role on CBC’s This Life.

Trevor Mack

Trevor Mack is an award-winning Tsilhqot'in nation filmmaker from the interior of British Columbia. Raised by his mother and family, his culture and upbringing are reflected in his storytelling. At 17, Mack helped create a freelance video-editing and motion-graphics group called Viral Design. The group produced promotional videos for companies such as Red Bull, Gunnar Optiks, and Steelseries. When he was 21 his first short film, The Blanketing (13) screened at film festivals across North America and New Zealand. Mack's second short film, Clouds of Autumn (15), premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and played other prestigious film festivals around the world, receiving the Best Canadian Short Drama award at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival.

Renuka Jeyapalan

Renuka Jeyapalan is a Toronto-based writer/director and graduate of the Canadian Film Centre’s Director’s Lab. Her Genie-nominated short film Big Girl (05) screened at the Berlinale, the Tribeca Film Festival, and TIFF, where it was awarded Best Short Film. Her other short films include Arranged (14), which she made for TMN, Movie Central and the Harold Greenberg Fund, and A Bicycle Lesson (16). She is currently developing several feature film projects and the comedy TV series Girl in the Boys Room for the CBC. She has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry from the University of Toronto.

Naomi Jaye

Naomi Jaye has a flair for cinematic scale, unconventional storytelling, and striking visual execution. Her debut feature film, The Pin (13), is Canada’s only Yiddish-language narrative film. It opened in theatres across North America to rave reviews, and was named among the top five Canadian films at the box office’ during its Toronto run. An alumna of the TIFF Talent Lab, Berlin Talents, and the Torino Labs, Jaye is currently adapting Martha Baillie’s novel The Incident Report. She is an adjunct professor at Ryerson University and pursuing her MFA at York University.

Jill Carter

Jill Carter was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and has an extensive background as a script supervisor along with a keen interest in all forms of the arts. She is interested in uniting people of all ages through thoughtful universal experiences. Carter’s first short film as director, Moment (06), screened in film festivals around the world. Following two more successful short films, Ninety-One (10) and Little Larry (11), which was nominated for a Directors Guild of Canada Award, she has gone on to direct episodes of such television shows as the CW’s Beauty & the Beast and CBC’s Murdoch Mysteries.

Sophie Goyette

Sophie Goyette is the writer and filmmaker of five award-winning short films that have screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, Sundance, and Locarno. Her fourth film, La Ronde (11), premiered at Locarno, was selected for TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten, received a Genie Award nomination, and won six prizes, including Best Short Fiction Award, at Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. Goyette’s short Le Futur Proche (12) won the National Award for its world premiere at Regard Saguenay, was selected in the international competition at the 2013 Sundance Festival, and received a Canadian Screen Award Nomination, along with six prizes in festivals.

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Alejandra Abella

Born in San luis Potosí, Mexico, raised in Mexico City. Alejandra studied filmmaking at Centre d'Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya in Barcelona. She has written for film and tv. Her short, 5 Memories visited over 140 festivals. With Mal de tierra she explored documentary film. Semana santa her first feature film, premiered at TIFF 2015 and has been screened in festivals like SXSW and Karlovy Vary. She is currently working on her next feature script.

Myrsini Aristidou

Born in Limassol Cyprus, Myrsini is an award winning writer and director, currently receiving her MFA in film production at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. In 2013, she completed her BFA at Pratt Institute. Her latest award winning short film Semele (TIFF, Berlinale) won the Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the Berlinale Generation Kplus. Myrsini published her first photography book Mother India. All proceeds were donated to Doctors without Borders.

Mateo Bendesky

Mateo Bendesky, from Buenos Aires, studied Film Direction at the Universidad del Cine. Acá adentro (In here), his debut feature, screened in competition at Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival, among others. He participated in the feature film development lab at the Universidad del Cine. His short film El ser magnético (The Magnetic Nature) took part in the competition at BAFICI, Cannes Film Festival and TIFF. He is currently developing Limbo, his second feature.

Anwar Boulifa

Anwar Boulifa is an award winning filmmaker and published poet from the UK. A Short Guide to Re-Entry was his first foray into drama and it went on to win both the Bill Douglas Award and the Audience Award at Glasgow Short Film Festival 2016. His second film Templates made in conjunction with Film London and the BFI Network is currently on the festival circuit. He has two feature films in development.

Sofia Carrillo

BA in Audiovisual Arts from the University of Guadalajara (México). She has worked in both Classical Animation and Art Direction and participated in Berlin Talents 2014 and Mexicannes 2014, at GIFF. Her works have screened at Sundance, Chicago, Sitges, Fantasia, Fantastic Fest, Habana Cuba, and Tricky Women. Made with the support of the Mexican Institute of Cinematography, her current project Cerulia (stop motion) is in post-production.

Bryn Chainey

Bryn Chainey is a British-Australian director and screenwriter currently based in Sydney. Since graduating from the Queensland College of Art in 2006, he has directed short films which have screened in over 100 festivals including Berlin, Palm Springs and Edinburgh. His work explores family, imagination, mortality, and the absurd. His debut feature script received a World Production Award at the 2015 Torino Film Lab and is currently in development with the support of Screen Australia.

Slater Jewell-Kemker

Youngest ever Resident of the Canadian Film Centre Directors Lab, Slater Jewell-Kemker has been making films since she was six. An award winning filmmaker, climate activist and beekeeper, Slater has been featured by Forbes twice: for her environmental documentary An Inconvenient Youth, and for her short Still which explores domestic violence and infatuation. Still premiered at TIFF as part of the Canada's Top Ten Festival. She is currently in development on her debut feature Antibodies.

Meryam Joobeur

Meryam Joobeur is a Tunisian filmmaker based in Montréal. She received a BFA in film production from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. Her first documentary, Gods, Weeds & Revolutions (2012), won the Colin Low Award at the 2014 DOXA Vancouver Documentary Festival. Joobeur was invited to the Ciné Institute, where she directed the short documentary Rév in collaboration with students and graduates from the Institute. Her first short, Two Worlds (2015), is currently in distribution.

Jesse Klein

Jesse Klein is a filmmaker from Montréal. Klein holds an MFA in Film and Video Production from the University of Texas at Austin and was an Assistant Professor of Film and New Media at Middle Georgia State University. Klein was recently selected to the Berlinale Talents program as a director. His film We’re Still Together recently premiered as an Official Selection at the 2016 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Freida Luk

Frieda Luk directed two films that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival: American Sisyphus (2012), and, most recently, The Encounter (2014). As a screenwriter, her short screenplay Delicacy won HBO's Project Greenlight filmmaking competition in 2014 and was screened at major festivals, including the Telluride Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. She received her MFA in Directing at Columbia University in 2015.

Zamo Mkhwanazi

Zamo Mkhwanazi, a filmmaker working between Johannesburg, South Africa and Switzerland, is part of the first generation of black female directors from South Africa. She graduated from the University of Cape Town. Her shorts, The Call and Gallo Rojo, have screened at Clermont-Ferrand, TIFF, and Cannes. Mkhwanazi was the Head Writer of the series Ya Lla and has written more than a 100 hours of television. She is currently developing her first feature, Laundry.

Caroline Monnet

Caroline Monnet is from Outaouais, Quebec. She studied communication and sociology at the University of Ottawa. Her films include the shorts Warchild (10), Gephyrophobia (12), Roberta (14), and Tshiuetin (16).

Martín Morgenfeld

Martín Morgenfeld, from Argentina, finished his studies at Universidad del Cine and Escuela Metropolitana de Arte Dramático in Buenos Aires. Three of his short films premiered in Cannes apart from being selected and awarded in numerous festivals including Toronto, San Sebastián, Rotterdam, Mar del Plata and Buenos Aires. He has participated in Biennale College Cinema, Berlinale Talents and Tres Puertos Cine. He is now developing his first feature film project.

Reem Morsi

Reem Morsi’s film credits include Their Feast (Cannes Short Film Corner, TIFF, BBC, Cine Sud) and Nostalgia (WIFT 2015). A CFC Directors’ Lab alumna, Morsi received a scriptwriting grant for her feature film Bootleg. Morsi's short scripts were finalists for Robert Bosch Film Fund (Berlin Film Festival) in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and she participated in the 2012 Berlinale Talent Campus and Women in the Director’s Chair.

Mark Noonan

Mark Noonan is a filmmaker based in Dublin and Paris. His debut feature film entitled You're Ugly Too and starring Aidan Gillen (Game of Thrones) was nominated for Best Debut Feature at the Berlinale. The film won awards at the 2015 Galway Film Fleadh, the 2015 Skip City International Festival in Tokyo, the 2015 Athens International Film Festival, and the 2016 Boston Irish Film Festival. Mark is now developing his second feature film, Tyger, Tyger.

Randall Okita

Randall Okita is a Canadian visual artist and filmmaker whose work includes elements of sculpture and technology. His shorts have won awards in Berlin, New York and Los Angeles and featured complex stunts and original large-scale artwork. His short, The Weatherman and The Shadowboxer, was awarded best Canadian Short at TIFF last year. Randall’s feature film The Lockpicker was created through an innovative production methodology developed to collaborate with students in the making of film.

Ben Petrie

Ben Petrie is a Toronto-based writer and director. His most recent film, Her Friend Adam (16), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

Kelton Stepanowich

Kelton Stepanowich is a self-taught independent filmmaker from Fort McMurray, Alberta. Gods Acre (16) is his first short film.

Aleksandra Terpinska

Polish filmmaker based in Warsaw. Studied directing at the University of Silesia in Katowice, and psychology at the University of Wroclaw. She has made 3 shorts films, Chicken, All Souls’ Day and America, and a documentary, Czech Swan, which have been shown at over 140 festivals all over the world, which have been shown at over 140 festivals all over the world, including Edinburgh and Clermont-Ferrand.

Joyce Wong

Joyce Wong is a writer and director who approaches her work in an intimate but satirical manner, infusing the stories of her own experiences with a sharp wit and tongue-in-cheek comedy. Her previous films include: The Power of Love (Hot Docs, 2010), and Embodying Toronto, which won WIFT-T’s Most Innovative Film by a Female Director Award. She is an alumna of the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus and recently completed her first feature, Wexford Plaza.

Talent Lab Govenors

Atom Egoyan

With fifteen feature films and related projects, Atom Egoyan has won numerous awards including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival (the Grand Prix, International Critics Awards and Ecumenical Jury Prizes), two Academy Award nominations, eight Genie Awards, prizes from the National Board of Review and an award for Best International Adaptation at The Frankfurt Book Fair. His films have been presented in numerous retrospectives across the globe and fourteen have played at the Festival.

Jim Stark

Jim Stark is an independent American producer who has been involved in writing, developing, financing, producing, selling, distributing and marketing low budget fiction feature films since 1983. His films have won numerous prizes and been selected to premiere in such major festivals as Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Sundance and Toronto and have been exhibited theatrically and broadcast on television in countries around the world.

Christine Vachon

Christine Vachon is an Independent Spirit Award and Gotham Award winner who co-founded indie powerhouse Killer Films with partner Pamela Koffler in 1995. Over the past decade and a half, the two have produced some of the most celebrated American indie features including Carol (nominated for six Academy Awards), Far From Heaven (nominated for four Academy Awards), Still Alice (Academy Award winner), Boys Don’t Cry (Academy Award winner), One Hour Photo, Kids, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Happiness, Velvet Goldmine, Safe, I Shot Andy Warhol, Camp, Swoon, and I’m Not There (Academy Award nominated).

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