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TIFF Kids Industry Passes are now on sale!

Returning delegates should have received an invitation to register. If you did not contact tiffkidsindustry@tiff.net and we will send your unique registration form.

Pass Benefits

Online Delegate Resources

Delegate Guide
The Delegates Guide is a detailed list of all registered industry delegates attending TIFF Kids Festival 2017. The contact information listed is what the delegate has agreed to publish.

Delegate Search
The Delegates Search is a tool that allows registered industry delegates to locate the contact information of fellow attendees.

Edit Profile
The Edit Profile tool allows registered industry professionals to update their contact information. All updates will be visible on the Delegates Guide two business days after they are made.

TIFF Kids Festival Industry Guide
The TIFF Kids Festival Industry Guide is a digital copy of the same book that delegates will receive in their delegate bags upon picking up their passes. It features a breakdown of the industry programming panels, speakers, and schedule. Available in Mid April.

TIFF Kids Festival Public Guide
The TIFF Kids Festival Public Guide is a digital copy of the same book that delegates will receive in their delegate bags upon picking up their passes. It features a list of the films screening at the festival and in-depth descriptions. Available in late March.

TIFF Kids Festival Rights List
The Rights List provides a list of all of the films playing at TIFF Kids Festival 2017 — with additional information, such as the director, which programme the film is a part of, the run time, the page the film is on in the programme book and film tags/key words to describe the film. If applicable, the international sales agency representing the film, the contact information of a sales agent, and the available territories are also listed.

Industry Screening Library

This is an ideal location for TIFF Kids Industry Pass holders to catch up on any screenings they may have missed. Please note: not all films in official selection are guaranteed to be available in the library.

April 7-23
Location: NBCUniversal Learning Studio C, 3rd Floor, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Hours of Operation: 10:00 am - 4:00pm
Note: For the duration of the TIFF Kids Industry Forum April 19 and 20, hours of operation have been extended to 10:00am - 6:00pm to better accommodate our delegates.

Industry Forum

April 19 and 20
Designed to inspire and engage creators of children’s cinema, television and games, the 2-Day Forum features a diverse group of guest speakers from around the world ranging from filmmakers, writers and animators to researchers, interactive producers and funders. Delegates can experience intimate roundtable sessions with influential figures, master classes and panel discussions.

Meet with... Sessions

A series of intimate industry sessions that allow emerging professionals an opportunity to meet influential figures in both the creative and business sides of the children's film, television and digital media industry

RSVP to reserve your spot starting April 3


All pass holders are entitled to secure one ticket per cohort to our digiPlaySpace in advance starting in mid-March. These exhibition tickets can also be secured onsite at our Box Office during the festival. Learn more about our award winning digiPlaySpace.

Industry Lounge

The Industry Lounge is a place where all pass holders can relax between screenings and programming events. It’s also an ideal location to hold meetings with fellow attendees and network

April 19 & 20
Location: Bell Blue Room, 3rd Floor, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Hours of Operation: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Note: the Lounge will be closed with Meet with...Sessions are underway. Please reference our schedule starting April 1 to plan accordingly

Industry Cocktail

The Industry Cocktail is an event where all pass holders can unwind and meet with fellow professionals working in children's content in a relaxed setting. All pass holders will receive an e-vite to RSVP for the event. All e-vites are non-transferable and admit one.

Pass Pick Up

TIFF Kids Industry Pass holders can start picking up their passes April 7th at either our Box Office or Industry Pass Pick Up Desk at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Please check the dates for each below.

Box Office
Date: April 7-23 (Except for April 19 & 20)
Time: 10am to 10pm
Location: Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell Lightbox

On-Site Pass Pick Up Desk
Date: April 19 & 20 only
Time: 8:30am to 5pm
Location: 3rd floor of TIFF Bell Lightbox outside of Cinema 4

Please note that all prices are in Canadian dollars.
If you are a student please email us at tiffkidsindustry@tiff.net for details on our discounted prices points.

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.

Sesame Workshop Pitch

Sesame Workshop is interested in meeting talented Canadian producers, directors, and writers. Ten successful applicants will have the opportunity to pitch for a shot at making a short film for the iconic television show.

Selected candidates will be connected with a professional pitch coach who will provide feedback and guidance during a one-day training session in early April. Final pitches will take place during the TIFF Kids Industry Forum, April 19–20, in front of local industry and Sesame Workshop producers.

Applications are completely free and will close on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Those holding a TIFF Kids Industry or Forum Pass will have opportunity to sit in on the sessions!

©2017. Sesame Workshop. All rights reserved. Sesame Workshop/Ryan Heffernan


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.

Learn more

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

TIFF Studio offers a unique opportunity for talented Canadians to hothouse their projects and to build their understanding of the screen industry. Since 2012, TIFF Studio has provided up to 12 local practitioners with a programme of monthly workshops with Canadian or International experts on key topics and trends. Participants have peer to peer sessions and gain privileged access to the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2017 the emphasis of the programme will be on writers and screen craft, including adaptations, genre and creating memorable characters

TIFF Studio’s programmer maintains close relationships with highly regarded international filmmakers and well-aligned industry experts. Guests have included John Sloss (Cinetic), Cassian Elwes (Producer), Chris Selak (Lionsgate), Johnnie To (Director), Danny Glover and Joslyn Barnes (L'Ouverture), Katerina Cizek (Director), Charles Gilibert (Producer), Rachael Horowitz (Producer), and Franklin Leonard (The Black List). See last year's Studio Alumni

Apply Now

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

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 9, 2017. Apply Now Learn more

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

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.

Apply Now

Presenting Partner: Telefilm Canada

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.

Learn more

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

Learn more

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

Key Dates

March 1
Hotel booking opens for returning delegates
March 10
Early-Bird Pricing for TIFF Kids Industry Registration Ends
March 22
Sesame Workshop pitch application closes
April 4
Online Industry Registration for TIFF Kids Closes
April 19-20
TIFF Kids Industry Conference
April 19
TIFF Kids Industry Cocktail
April 7-23
TIFF Kids International Film Festival
May 5
TIFF online registration opens
May 5
Film Submissions deadline
June 2
Late film submission deadline (additional fee applies)
June 13
Early bird registration closes
July 10
Private screening rental bookings open
August 25
Online registration closes
September 5
Onsite registration begins
September 7-17
Toronto International Film Festival
September 8-13
Industry Forum

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 registration@tiff.net
All other industry questions industry@tiff.net
Promotionals opportunities sales@tiff.net
Talent development industryprogramming@tiff.net
Hotels hotels@tiff.net
Events at TIFF events@tiff.net
Events off site hospitality@tiff.net
Film submissions submission@tiff.net
Press accreditation media@tiff.net


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The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017.

Online registration for TIFF 2017 opens in early May. Returning delegates will receive an email invitation to register at this time. First time attendees should check this space in May for online registration information. If you have any questions, please email us at registration@tiff.net.

To assist with your planning, check out our TIFF 2016 backgrounder below. Please note that updated pricing and information for TIFF 2017 will be available in the coming months.

To review pass options and prices from TIFF 2016, click here
To review promotional opportunities for TIFF 2017, click here
To review our Guide for Industry Professionals, click here

2016 Studio Alumni

Learn more about this programme

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 X500 (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

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.

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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