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TIFF Industry
Conference 2021

To read our TIFF 2021 COVID-19 protocols, please click here.

The 2021 Industry Conference will take place over five days during the Festival, September 9-13, inspiring and inciting discussions for creative and business entrepreneurship while examining the vital role creators play within an evolving and challenging media landscape. This year’s Conference will once again be online to ensure inclusivity and accessibility to accredited professionals from around the world.

Conference sessions will champion diverse perspectives, look at new trends, and provide attendees with tools to help them build a healthier and more responsible future together. In 2021, the Conference will comprise six distinct sections:

  • Visionaries (formerly Master Class) are inspirational sessions with prominent individuals who are forging new creative and business pathways in the industry.
  • Dialogues will take the shape of intimate conversations on craft between creators, including directors, actors, and writers.
  • Perspectives are moderated and focused discussions on the current state and future of the industry in relation to the panellists’ areas of expertise.
  • Microsessions are curated discussions that highlight new technologies and new ways of doing business.
  • Spotlights highlight talent, incentives, and pitches from around the globe.
  • Connections (NEW) are sessions where emerging to mid-career filmmakers can interact with experts and gain practical knowledge to move their projects — and their understanding of the industry — forward.

Speakers will include leading and emerging voices in the film industry. Last year’s lineup included Viola Davis, Ted Hope, Lulu Wang, dream hampton, Cord Jefferson, Radha Blank, and Sam Pollard. More information on Industry programming will be announced in August. Explore our revamped Digital Talks pass (now including access to online Press & Industry screenings of films in the Shorts, Discovery, and Wavelengths programmes, in addition to access to the Industry Conference) and more pass types for film professionals here.

2021 Key Dates

Filmmaker Lab applications deadline
June 11
Micki Moore Residency applications deadline
May 29
Industry registration opens
June 25
Promotional Sales Advertising booking opens
June 30
Market Screening Booking-Window A opens
July 12
Early-bird rate on Industry Passes ends
July 30
Market Screening Booking-Window B opens
August 3
Filmmaker Lab and Micki Moore Residency participants notified of selection
August 3
Market Screening Booking Windows closes
August 18
Deadline to request student or scholar discounted pass rate
August 26
Promotional Sales Advertising bookings closes
August 30
Industry registration pre-Festival ends
August 31
Late Industry registration opens
September 7-14
Online screenings on the Press & Industry platform, TIFF Digital Cinema Pro
September 8-16
TIFF Industry Conference
September 9-13