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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 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.

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Breakfast at TIFF

Our next edition of Breakfast at TIFF will take place on April 19 during the TIFF Kids Industry Forum. More information about topics and speakers will be announced April 1.

DATE: Wednesday, April 19, 2017
TIME: 9 – 10:30 am
VENUE: Cinema 4, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W
TICKET PRICE: Pass access only. See tiff.net/industry for pass pricing and benefits
**A light breakfast will be served.

TIFF Studio

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 Directors 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.

2016 Studio Alumni

Supported by: The Harold Greenberg Fund, Directors Guild of Canada, and Ivan Reitman.

Applications for STUDIO open March 7, 2017.

TIFF 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. Applications for Talent Lab open March 7, 2017.

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

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Talent Lab

Now in its 13th year, Talent Lab is a five-day comprehensive artistic development programme led by esteemed mentors who guide 10 Canadian and 10 international selected participants in discussions focusing on creativity and artistic process. This year’s mentors include Jim Stark (Coffee and Cigarettes), Christine Vachon (Carol) and Atom Egoyan (Chloe).


Supported by: Ivan Reitman

TIFF Rising Stars

TIFF Rising Stars is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting Canadian cinema and talent on the world stage. This programme showcases new Canadian acting talent, putting the emphasis on the next generation of actors poised for international success.

Meet 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

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Rising Stars

TIFF Rising Stars is part of our ongoing commitment to promoting Canadian cinema and talent on the world stage. Devised in collaboration with the CSA, this programme showcases new talent, putting the emphasis on the next generation of actors poised for international success.

Meet our selected 2016 participants

Supported by: Ivan Reitman

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

Applications for PITCH THIS! open March 7, 2017.

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

The CMPA Feature Film Producer Awards recognize producers whose vision and entrepreneurship demonstrate a commitment and passion for producing Canadian feature films. The winner of the Established Producer Award will receive $10,000 and the winner of the new Emerging Producer Award will receive $5,000.

Congratulations to Roger Frappier, winner of the 2016 Established Producer Award and to Hany Ouichou, winner of the 2016 Emerging Producer Award!

2016 was the final year for this programme.

2016 Nominees

2016 CMPA Feature Film Producer Awards Nominees

Established Producer Award

Nicholas de Pencier
Film at TIFF: Black Code
Production company: Mercury Films Inc.

Roger Frappier (Winner)
Film at TIFF: Two Lovers and a Bear
Production company: Max Films

David Hamilton
Film at TIFF: Anatomy of Violence
Production company: Hamilton-Mehta Productions

Peter Raymont
Film at TIFF: All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
Production company: White Pine Pictures

Nicole Robert
Film at TIFF: Nelly
Production company: Go Films

Emerging Producer Award

Jonathan Frantz
Film at TIFF: Maliglutit (Searchers)
Production company: Kingulliit Productions

Fanny-Laure Malo
Film at TIFF: Pays (Boundaries)
Production company: La Boîte à Fanny

Hany Ouichou (Winner)
Films at TIFF: Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau (Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves); Prank
Production company: Art & Essai

 
 
International Actors Programme

This programme is designed for international actors to premiere their films. TIFF would like to help actors gain a practical understanding about the audition process and to deepen their understanding about the North American casting environment. This one-day programme includes panels, lunch with casting directors and special guests, an in-depth auditioning workshop, and a VIP party with red carpet opportunities. The programme is presented in collaboration with the Casting Society of America.

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 industryprogramming@tiff.net