Boundless Thinking:  Capitalizing on Constant Change

With disruption as the new normal, Prime Time offers forward-thinking, actionable industry intelligence. Hear from executives from Netflix, Facebook, Fox, Dynamic Television, NRK, Bell, CBC, Mitu, YouTube, Parrot Analytics and many more.  Up your networking game with Prime Time Pitches, Breakfast With, Topic Tables, receptions, cocktails, and parties.  You need to be here!

CMPA members receive $200 OFF registration with code: CMPA-2018. 

To register click here.

Prime Time 2018
Member Posters & Clips

Wednesday January 10, 2018

As we’ve done in past years, we’ll be showcasing posters and clips from our members at the 2018 Prime Time conference.

Each member company is entitled to submit a video of up to 30 seconds (sizzle or trailer). The video will be assembled onto our ‘member reel’ along with video content from our other members.

You can also submit posters for as many current productions as you like. We’ll incur the cost of having them mounted on foam-core and they would then be displayed in the common areas of the conference space and at CMPA offices.We will not be able to return the posters following the conference.

Our submission form contains details about technical specifications for clips and delivery instructions for posters. If you have any questions, please contact Jakub Jasinski.

CMPA Market Access Program
Deadline: Friday January 12, 2018

The last deadline in this year’s Market Access Program, a pilot program that provides financial support for Members’ international business development activities in the form of a travel grant, is coming up January 12, 2018. For more information and to apply, click here.

Should you have any questions, please email Sarolta Csete, Director, Development & Corporate Affairs or contact by phone at 1-800-656-7440 x337.

SURVEY – Professional Development in 2018
Deadline: Wednesday December 13, 2017

Professional development, discounts, networking events and partnerships are part of the benefits you, and all the employees at your company, receive through your CMPA membership. It’s very important to us that we deliver the most relevant, highest quality events we can, and to do so we need your help.

As we look ahead and plan for 2018, we need to know your thoughts and priorities in terms of what you would like us to deliver, so we would ask you to take a few minutes to fill out this survey.


Interact: Interactive Documentaries
January 10, 2018
Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton St
Toronto, ON

At Interactive Ontario’s first event of 2018, we’ll look at how interactivity is adding a new dimension to the world of documentary storytelling.

Rachel Feldbloom-Wood of the Bell Fund will discuss their new Webdocs Development funding program, which will have its first application deadline on February 1, 2018. This will be an excellent chance to hear about the program and learn how it might fit into your financing plans.

In the second presentation of the evening, we’ll hear from the Patricia Lee and David Oppenheim, co-producers (for Cult Leader and the National Film Board of Canada, respectively) of The Space We Hold – an interactive documentary that is a direct provocation to audiences to bear witness to the testimonies of three former “comfort women” who were among the 200,000 girls and young women kidnapped and forced into military sexual slavery by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. Demanding the user’s attention throughout their intimate first-hand accounts, the experience guides the user from a solitary act of witnessing to become part of a collective, networked response to Grandma Gil in South Korea, Grandma Cao in China, and Grandma Adela in the Philippines.

CMPA members receive FREE admission to this event. To register, click here, with the code: CMPAinteract18.

Canada’s Top Ten Industry Forum
January 12, 2018
Toronto, ON

The Industry Forum is a full day of programming tailored exclusively for film professionals like you! A slate of exciting speakers and topics will fuel a day of insightful and inspiring conversation with a Canadian focus. Full-day ticket packages are go on sale on December 13, 2018 and individual tickets for panels will be available for purchase starting January 3.

For more information, click here.

Kidscreen Summit
February 12-15, 2018
Miami, FL

Kidscreen’s premier annual event, which has quickly grown into the world’s leading conference on the business of kids entertainment, hosting nearly 2,000 attendees from around the world. Top decision- and deal-makers attend to engage in critical dialogue, network and find new ideas that will drive their businesses forward.

CMPA members receive $400 USD OFF on registration to the Kidscreen Summit with code: CMPAKSS18.

For more information, click here.

July 25-28, 2018
Montreal, QC

JFL ComedyPRO is the most important annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy world that explores all facets of comedy. The four-day event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, and includes TV cast panels, industry executive panels, online stars and creators, keynotes, live script reads, networking events, parties, pitch sessions, executive meetings, live stand-up, the best comedy awards show on the planet and more!

CMPA members receive 10% OFF industry passes with the following code: 2018CMPA. This offer is valid until May 4th, 2018.

For more information, click here.


2nd JETS – Junior Entertainment Talent Slate
Deadline: December 14, 2017

JETS, Junior Entertainment Talent Slate, will unite 1st, 2nd and 3rd feature film filmmakers with German, British, Irish, Canadian producers, sales agents, finance and distribution companies during a day of networking events such as a pitching session with the aim of encouraging coproduction.

Organized by WEP Productions, with the support of the German Federal Board (FFA), Irish Film Board, Telefilm Canada, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, HessenFilm and nordmedia, JETS will select a maximum of 24 projects with high potentiality of development and realisation. At the end of the day, four film will be selected and considered for possible funding by participating agencies.

For more information, click here.

Inside Out: Film Financing Forum
Deadline: December 29, 2017

Initiated for the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival, producers with LGBTQ projects in development are matched with business executives who can take the producers’ films from pitch to production in this pilot program. As the world’s first LGBTQ Film Financing Forum, this day of presentations and one-on-one meetings, sponsored by OMDC and CMPA in 2017, creates unprecedented opportunities for business development for our participating filmmakers.

Following the successful launch of the 2017 Inside Out Film Financing Forum, Inside Out is pleased to open a call for submissions for narrative feature film projects from Canadian producers for the 2018 edition to be held during the 2018 Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 24 to June 3).

Inside Out is looking for narrative feature film projects at a strong second draft stage, with a producer attached, that are interested in financing opportunities. The projects need to be from LGBTQ-identified producers and / or focused on LGBTQ content or themes.

For more information, click here.

Hot Docs Forum
Deadline: January 8, 2018

The Hot Docs Forum is a renowned international financing event aimed at securing co-productions and funds for feature length documentaries. The Forum is the flagship industry event of the Hot Docs Festival, North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market, and could be the launching pad for your next documentary.

Hot Docs is currently accepted submissions for its 2018 edition.

For more information, click here.

In Development: The Cannes Drama Creative Forum
Deadline: January 8, 2018

In Development, the Cannes Drama Creative Forum, is a two-day event dedicated to fast-tracking new drama productions at an international level. The first ever In Development will take place at the Gare Maritime of Cannes,  on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 April 2018, alongside MIPTV and CANNESERIES.

Co-organised by MIPTV, the global TV and digital content market, and CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival this unique program acts as an accelerator for writers and producers. It offers them the opportunity to pitch their projects to key decision-makers, commissioning editors, platforms, distributors, co-producers, funds, and talent agencies enabling them to connect and greenlight projects.

For more information, click here.

CanneSeries: Official Competition
Deadline: January 15, 2018

CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival, will unfold its first edition from April 4th to 11th 2018 at the Palais des Festivals. The event aims to highlight series from all over the world and to give an international voice to this increasingly popular and fiercely creative new art form. The ambition is for CANNESERIES to be a glamourous event with strong artistic vision, wide appeal to global audiences and massive media coverage, bringing together the best international talents.

For more information, click here.


  • Carolle Brabant will retire from her role as executive director of Telefilm Canada when her term comes to an end in March 2018. The search is on now for her replacement. Brabant has led the federal funder since 2010 and has worked in various roles at the organization since 1990.
  • Monique Lafontaine has been appointed as the CRTC’s new commissioner for Ontario. Lafontaine is a Toronto-based lawyer whose areas of specialization include television, radio, new media regulation, program licencing and affiliation agreements, stakeholder relations, and anti-spam and privacy legislation. She has been appointed for a five-year term beginning on Jan. 2, 2018.
  • Montreal producer-distributor Cineflix Media has launched a new subsidiary, Connect3 Productions, with a view to facilitating more coproduction opportunities for its producer, writer and showrunner collaborators. Cineflix’s Pablo Salzman has been tapped to lead Connect3 as president.
  • Guru Studio has appointed Kara Lord Piersimoni, a former Disney executive ,as VP of production. She will oversee all Toronto-based Guru’s production-related ventures in her new position. She is joined at the company by Daniel Rattner, who has been appointed senior director of marketing and branding.
  • Caroline Habib has joined New Metric Media as the prodco’s new VP of development. Habib, who most recently served as director of Mongrel International, will head up all development acquisitions and sales efforts as New Metric looks to expand its roster of dramatic and comedy projects. She begins her new role in January.
  • CBC has appointed Mehernaz Lentin as the senior director of its Breaking Barriers Film Fund. Lentin will replace the outgoing interim senior director Helen du Toit, who has helmed the fund, which finances projects by under-represented creators, since it was launched in November 2016.
  • Brunico Communications has hired Jenn Kuzmyk as executive director of the Banff World Media Festival (BANFF). In the role, Kuzmyk, who most recently served as the director of international distribution at Toronto’s Proper Rights, will be responsible for heading up all commercial activities and partnerships related to the annual festival, as well as managing sales related to Brunico-owned publication Playback (both its magazine and events).
  • Magali Simard is leaving TIFF after more than a decade with the organization. Simard serves as senior manager of theatrical programming and Canada film curator. Simard’s new role will be with the City of Toronto where she will become the city’s new film sector development officer.
  • Gave Lindo has left his post as executive director of the Reelworld Film Festival to re-join the CBC. Lindo has been named senior director and chief of staff of the programming team at CBC. The move marks a return to the CBC for Lindo, who spent six years there, from 2009-2015.