TIFF Business Development Trip 2019


The Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation (NLFDC) will hire a consultant for a business development mission to Toronto, Ontario from September 5th -9th, 2019 during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). An agency representative from each of the four Atlantic Provinces, Newfoundland & Labrador (NL), Nova Scotia (NS), Prince Edward Island (PEI) and New Brunswick (NB) and fifteen producers from each province (five NL, five NS, three PEI and two NB) will be selected to further enhance the promotion of coproduction, joint-financing, and distribution development opportunities between screen industry producers in the Atlantic Provinces and those internationally. The mission will enhance the group’s knowledge of working with producers on a national and international scale.

A consultant will be hired to provide match-making service on the ground to arrange appropriate meetings for delegates with national and international companies attending TIFF. The consultant will work with participants in arranging and scheduling meetings with identified targets resulting from pre-market consultant work. The consultant will maintain schedules for each participant. The participants will also have the opportunity to network with hundreds of other international producers and take part in the wide-ranging information programs at the festival. TIFF has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema. TIFF’s vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image. The ten-day festival offers screenings, lectures, discussions, workshops, industry support and the chance to meet filmmakers from around the world.

Advanced Preparation

To help ensure producers are prepared for the trip, the NFLDC will engage the services of a consultant for on the ground consulting services while at TIFF. Applicants will be notified of the consultant once they are selected in late June/early July.

Selected candidates will be contacted by the consultant shortly thereafter to begin initial discovery sessions via conference call in advance of the mission.

Innovation Marketing Assistance Program

 To assist filmmakers with the costs associated with this trip, participants are eligible for a support through Innovation PEI. Participants may contact Shannon Pratt at slpratt@gov.pe.ca once they have been accepted into the program.

 Travel and Accommodations

Filmmakers will be responsible for booking their own travel and accommodations for this trip. The delegation must be on the ground for meetings in Toronto by the morning of September 5th, 2019.

The NLFDC will provide a discount code for Air Canada. Details to follow.

Targeted Meetings

The Consultant will arrange a minimum of 4-6 targeted meetings for producers based on their individual needs. Where appropriate, group sessions may also be arranged. Currently, the majority of meetings are planned to take place from September 5th – 9th.