Programs & Events

WIFT+ Toronto Programming and Events

WIFT+ Toronto offers a packed calendar of programs and events, all of which provide opportunities to connect, learn, and grow at every stage of your career. Select from the options below to learn more about each program or event, and to see how we can help you shape your success, achieve your goals, and celebrate your accomplishments.

 

 

Professional Development

We offer a number of courses and certificate programs throughout the year to help you learn and grow at every stage of your career. Select from the options below to learn more about each program, and to see how we can help you shape your success, achieve your goals and celebrate your accomplishments.

NOTE: All general information for these programs is current (ex. content, length, criteria). If dates are not updated or not included, this is due to us awaiting funding information so that we can then put the program on our current calendar.

Scripted Digital Series Incubator

The Scripted Digital Series Incubator is an intensive four-day program that introduces emerging content creators to the key aspects required to ensure the successful development of an original scripted digital series. A small number of projects, represented by an individual or teams consisting of a producer and a writer, will be selected to participate in this program.

Scholarship Application Deadline:
May 26, 2024

Registration Deadline:
June 2, 2024

Pitch 101 Workshop

This one-day workshop, designed specifically for folks who are not really familiar with pitching, will introduce you to the “nuts & bolts” of the pitching process. You’ll learn how to answer the important questions being asked, how to approach your concept with focus and intention, and how to bring your authentic self to the process.

Scholarship Application Deadline:
June 9, 2024

Registration Deadline:
June 16, 2024

Business of Budgeting

The Business of Budgeting workshop is a two-day workshop that imparts beginner-to-intermediate level knowledge into the process of creating a production budget for content in the Canadian market.

Opening Soon for Registration!

Lights! Camera! Learn!

Our program, LIGHTS! CAMERA! LEARN!, created with our supporting partner WFW and in conjunction with our community partners NABET 700 and IATSE667, is designed to engage all those who identify as women with the departments (lighting, camera, grip) that historically have been male-dominated. This program will introduce them to the basics of their functions within the production process, to give them hands-on opportunities with equipment, and to give them the information that will help them to determine which (if not all!) of these areas they wish to pursue.

Opening for Registration Soon!

Pitch Perfect (Advanced)

This program will take a small group of participants (8 max) through a very rigorous master class to be followed by an individual one-on-one intensive with Jan Miller. Workshop participants will take a deeper dive into pitch development.

Opening Soon for Registration!

Ontario Creates IDM Futures Forward program

The Ontario Creates IDM Fund Futures Program is a three-day program that provides potential funding applicants (companies and individuals) with the skills required to fast-track their knowledge acquisition and enhance the competitiveness of their company when applying to the Ontario Create’s Interactive Digital Media (IDM) Fund Concept Definition and Production programs.

Running in Fall 2024

Leadership Development Series

This program is geared toward mid-level media professionals as well as those re-entering the work force or looking to transition within the industry into management.

Opening Soon for Registration!

Financing for the Creative Industries

Are you nervous about having to deal with the bank to help get your production made? Let the professionals at National Bank's Creative Industries Group help you to feel confident in building that relationship.

Opening Soon for Registration

Corus Media Management Accelerator Program

This 56-hour intensive program is designed to provide screen-based media professionals with the skills needed to excel as managers and entrepreneurs.

Running Again in 2025!

Closed for Applications

Media Leadership Program

The C-suite awaits you! The Media Leadership Program is a proven and successful 96-hour professional development intensive designed to enhance your strategic leadership skills. The Media Leadership Program is recommended for screen-based professionals with a minimum of ten years of management or entrepreneurial experience in the media industry, with a desire to develop their leadership skills.

Opening for Applications in late 2024

Media Business Essentials Program

While open to all career stages, this program would be most beneficial to those in our Early Career and Emerging cohorts. It is also recommended for professionals looking to upgrade or sharpen existing skills, or change industry streams. The MBE program is open to all genders, WIFT+ Toronto members and non-members.

Opening again in late 2024

Intro to Entertainment Law

A 3-day workshop designed to demystify legal issues in media content production. Learn your rights, protect your IP, negotiate the best deal for YOU!

Wrapped for 2024

Intermediate Production Accounting & Tax Credits

This 3-day workshop provides you with in-depth and practical information on production financing and accounting. You will participate in interactive discussions and exercises covering the methods and procedures used by a media production accounting department.

Wrapped for 2024

Business Booster

Geared to participants who are not new to the screen-based industry but might be new to producing and/or building a production company, the WIFT+ Toronto Business Booster Series is a series of 2 days (4 topics) that will provide practical information and instruction on building a business plan from an entrepreneurial perspective.

Running in 2025

Mentorships

At WIFT+ Toronto we offer a number of mentorships to help you learn from the best (or enable you to share your own knowledge as a mentor). These mentorships are run with Industry Partners as well as through our own unique mentorship program, WIFT+ Connect. If you are looking to start, grow, or change your career trajectory—our mentorship opportunities may be just what you are looking for!

2024 WIFT+ Connect

Through WIFT Connect, members of different experience levels will learn from, guide, and support each other through a series of focused one-on-one and group meet-ups over a six-month period. Read our handy FAQ for more details.

Closed for 2024

CBC Business of Broadcasting Mentorship

Are you an emerging Canadian content producer who is passionate about production and development, with a focus on scripted broadcast content? This is the perfect opportunity for you!

Open for Applications in Fall 2024

William F. White Mentorship

Are you an emerging Canadian production manager or producer? Are you open to learning new skills and diving into new experiences? Then the William F. White Production Manager Mentorship is the perfect next step for you!

Check back for upcoming dates.

Company 3 Post Production Mentorship

To be a stand-out producer, you need to understand every aspect of the production timeline. Take a dive into post production with this exciting mentorship!

Mentorship Wrapped for 2023.

Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship

Ever wondered how talent agencies work? Want to find out more about artist representation and career development? Apply for our Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship!

Check back for upcoming dates.

Formosa Group Sound Mentorship

During the Formosa Sound Mentorship, you will expand your knowledge of the Sound Editing and Sound Mix production cycle by interacting with key team members, observing and learning best practices for sound editing workflow and creative sound design, sound mix preparation, sound mixing, and final mix layback & transfers.

Mentorship Wrapped for 2023.

Banff World Media Festival Scholarship

Are you an emerging Canadian content producer who is passionate about production and development, with a focus on scripted broadcast content? This is the perfect opportunity for you!

Closed for 2024

Networking Events

We are a community of members. A well-trained, driven, and respected workforce that values diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion—WIFT+ Toronto is where it’s at, and your membership puts you directly into a pre-built Networking Social Group that grows with each member. Throughout the year we offer a number of events where members get a chance to meet and support other members.

Member and Prospective Member Orientation

For new, current, and existing members- Learn how to get the best use of your membership.

Event Date:
August 14, 2024

Walk & Talk Series

Mix and mingle with other WIFT+ Toronto members while getting your steps in.

Event Date:
July 31, 2024

Special Events

WIFT+ Toronto offers four special events each year. Our special events are a part of making sure that our community is well represented by our boards, that our member's works are showcased, that we let loose at one of the world's largest film festivals, and that we celebrate the achievements of women in the screen-based media industry.

 

Note: Members receive 1 free ticket to our yearly Reception @ TIFF, voting in our AGM is for FULL members only

2023 WIFT+ Toronto Crystal Awards

We are thrilled to celebrate the 36th anniversary of the incredible WIFT+ Toronto Crystal Awards.

Check back for nomination information in July/August 2024

Check back for ticketing and event information in September 2024

2023 WIFT+ Toronto Reception @ TIFF

WIFT+ Toronto’s annual reception during the Toronto International Film Festival celebrates the spirit and creativity of our screen-based community and raises funds to support initiatives of the Foundation for WIFT+ Toronto.

Check back for ticketing and event information in July/August 2024

2024 WIFT+ Toronto AGM & Proxy Voting

Each spring, at our Annual General Meeting, we invite our members and community to join us in celebrating and reviewing the achievements of the previous year. We also take this opportunity to share our vision for the current and upcoming year.

Check back for board nomination information in January/February 2025

Check back for event and voting information in Spring 2025

2024 WIFT+ Toronto Showcase

Our annual WIFT+ Toronto Showcase Highlights the creativity, talent, and diversity of our community.

Check back for Submission information for the 2025 Showcase Awards in December 2024

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Looking for discounts on our programs & events?

Did you know that if you are a WIFT+ Toronto member, among many other benefits, you also receive advanced purchase windows and discounts on our programs and select events?