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The Festival’s esteemed Industry Conference, taking place September 6–10, 2019, at the Glenn Gould Studio, is an electrifying five-day professional development opportunity for creative and business delegates, featuring over 150 international guest speakers. Check out a preview of the conference lineup by date.

Some of this year’s amazing panels and sessions include:

Master Class

Inspiring onstage interviews with internationally renowned luminaries who reveal their influences and what motivates their creative work.


Enterprising leaders from across the film and television world share their influence and views on our evolving industry.


When there are more than two sides to the story. Dynamic panel discussions tackle current events and innovative business and creative models in the film industry.


An essential stream designed for newcomers in the industry. These multi-faceted, practical sessions provide the tools needed to elevate projects from concept to market.

Doc Conference

A full day addressing the creative and business sides of documentary, including the current landscapes for financing, production, and distribution.


A series of roundtable networking opportunities providing direct access to leading professionals.


Focusing on the convergence of the computer-technology and media industries, this stream aims to cultivate creative entrepreneurs and connect today’s innovators with tomorrow’s storytellers.

Industry Happy Hours

Meet and mingle with fellow delegates and catch up on the day’s events. Daily in the Industry Lounge.

Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS!

Six filmmaking teams have six minutes to pitch their feature-film ideas to an industry audience and jury. The winning team makes home $15,000 to develop their project.

Partner Programming

Rendezvous with Canadian talent, innovation, and creativity with Telefilm Canada’s RDV Canada Panel Series, and watch film and media companies present their new services and initiatives in our sponsored Microsessions series.

Don’t miss out: register today!

2019 Key Dates

Accreditation + Resources

May 3
Early-bird registration closes
June 12
Online registration closes
August 23
Industry pass collection opens
September 3
Onsite registration opens
September 3

Conferences + Forums

Breakfast at TIFF: The Future of Work for Creators
March 29
Breakfast at TIFF: Sesame Street Pitch
April 12
Breakfast at TIFF: Cast Away — Securing actors for your low-budget film
May 10
Breakfast at TIFF: Festival Boot Camp
June 14
Breakfast at TIFF
November 1
Breakfast at TIFF
December 6
TIFF Industry Conference
September 6–10

Talent Development

Filmmaker Lab applications open
March 1
Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! applications open
March 1
Micki Moore Residency applications open
April 29
Filmmaker Lab applications close (Canadian)
May 31
Filmmaker Lab applcations close (international)
June 7
Micki Moore Residency applications close
June 7
Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! applications close
June 21
Rising Stars applications close
June 25
Micki Moore Resident announced
July 17
Filmmaker Lab
September 4–7

Promote + Advertise

2019 advertising bookings open
May 3
Delegate bag booking deadline
August 7
Deadline to buy advertsing
August 16
Artwork submission deadline
August 18
Stand set-up
September 3