Industry - Series Accelerator

Series Accelerator

Applications now closed. The selected participants will be notified in August.

Returning for the third year at the 2024 Toronto International Film Festival, the TIFF Series Accelerator programme, presented by Canada Media Fund, will offer tailored mentorship for eight emerging Canadian series-creator teams from under-represented communities to refine their pitches and develop a business plan for their projects.

The two-day mentorship intensive will have two priorities: refining the pitch and project materials with mentorship from a pitch coach and industry professionals; and developing ideas and strategies for finding international partners and moving projects forward. Teams will receive guidance on topics such as:

  • International broadcasters, co-producers, and how to work with international partners
  • Production — budgets, casting, crew
  • Story and audience
  • International financing, distribution, and sales
These meetings will feed into developing a business strategy so that participants can use the remainder of the Festival to identify and pitch to partners, and further develop their project.

What’s included

  • A two-day series development intensive, taking place in-person during the 2024 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Mentorship from TIFF’s programming team and industry experts
  • Peer-to-peer mentorship from other creator teams in the programme
  • Support in both expanding the participants’ creative network and developing their project
  • Access to the 2024 Toronto International Film Festival
  • Access to TIFF Primetime programming
  • Access to TIFF’s Industry Conference, Business Centre, and Delegate Resources
  • A complimentary one-year TIFF Membership, which includes discounts on film tickets at TIFF Lightbox
  • Selected participants not based in the Toronto area will be provided with travel and accommodation support to attend the programme
A group photo of the Series Accelerator Participants