Trans Atlantic Partners 2018
Deadline: April 3, 2018

Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) is an annual intensive training and networking program for experienced feature film and television drama producers from Europe, Canada and the US. It is the only program worldwide dedicated to transatlantic co-production.

The program offers a unique combination of intensive, hands-on training with effective networking among potential partners, and targeted project feedback from resource trainers. Benefits include:

  • Developing specific skills in international co-production/co-venturing
  • Learning from key professionals from both sides of the Atlantic
  • Receiving up-to-date information on film funds and tax incentives
  • Discovering new international partners and projects
  • Accessing top industry players to discuss your projects in 1-2-1 meetings
  • Participating in excellent networking opportunities

TAP will be delivered in two modules:

  • Module 1: June 16 – 21, 2018 in Berlin, Germany
  • Module 2: September 10 – 16, 2018 in Halifax, Canada

Participating CMPA members will receive a 40% discount off of program registration fees, from €5,000 EUR to €3,000 EUR (approx. $4,700 CAD). These fees include accommodations and meals during both Modules, and registration fees to participate in Strategic Partners. Travel expenses are not included.

Click here for details on the application procedure, the guidelines and the application form. If you have any questions please contact Susanne Vaas, Vice-President, Corporate & International Affairs.

Interact: Convergent Media for Kids
April 11, 2018
6:00pm-8:00pm ET
Monarch Tavern, 12 Clinton Street – Toronto, ON

Join us to bid a fond farewell to our Interact series, as we look at Convergent Media for Kids with Gavin Friesen of Sinking Ship Entertainment. Gavin will be talking about the digital suite Sinking Ship’s Interactive team created for their STEM-based, cross-platform series, Annedroids.

This event will be a fantastic chance to hear about an award-winning project while making new connections. Our event partner is the Canadian Media Producers Association, providing an opportunity for film & TV and digital producers to meet and discuss potential partnerships.

CMPA members receive FREE registration with code: CMPAapril.

For more information and to register, click here.


Banff World Media Festival
June 10-13, 2018
Banff, AB

For 38 years, the Banff World Media Festival has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The Festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting-edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals.

Attracting over 200 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, BANFF is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects. Featuring in-depth spotlights on key international territories, pre-booked Face-to Face Meetings with industry decision makers, and unparalleled opportunities for networking with potential partners from across the globe, the BANFF Marketplace is designed to help you create new development and production opportunities.

BANFF delivers a comprehensive examination of the most critical issues facing the television and digital media industries through keynotes from industry leaders, contentious panel discussions, expert forecasts, celebrity Master Classes, critical case studies, key strategy sessions and more.

CMPA members receive preferred pricing of $1,295 CAD with code CMPABANFF18.

For more information and to register, click here.

Vancouver Web Fest
April 19-21, 2018
Vancouver, BC

Vancouver Web Fest & Conference (VWF) is the premier festival focused on the world’s digital storytelling industry. Since its inception in 2013, VWF has created a top festival, conference and marketplace for independent and studio-produced scripted and non-scripted series made for the new digital landscape. VWF attracts a local and international attendance by showcasing the best content as well as recruiting the highest caliber speakers, panelists and workshop leaders to provide our delegates with the tools, information and relationships they need to succeed.

CMPA members receive a discount with code: VWF18-CMPA.

For more information, click here.

Hot Docs Festival
April 26 – May 6, 2018
Toronto, ON

Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, offers an outstanding selection of over 200 films from Canada and around the world to Toronto audiences of more than 200,000.

The 2018 Hot Docs Festival will run April 26 to May 6, 2018. Programs include: Made In Mexico, The Changing Face of Europe, Outstanding Achievement Award Retrospective: Barbara Kopple, Focus On John Walker.

CMPA members receive a discount on registration as follows:

  • $15 off the Kickstart Pass
  • $25 off the Conference Pass
  • $50 off the Conference & Networking Pass
  • $75 off the All Access Pass

To access the CMPA discount use code: 18CMPA

For more information and to register, click here.

Tom Schlesinger’s DRAMEDY WORKSHOP
April 28, 2018
Toronto, ON

Dramedies, or dramatic comedies, are the most sought after scripts and projects in the world. Think Little Miss Sunshine, Amelie, The Full Monty, Six Feet Under, Orange is the New Black and This is Us. Tears, laughter, pathos and box office success!

Learn the key storytelling secrets to write, produce and edit these powerful, stories that reach vast audiences on heartfelt levels. And network with other film and TV industry professionals in a relaxed atmosphere.

CMPA members receive 20% OFF registration under the “Guild Member” category.

For more information and to register, click here.

DOXA: Documentary Film Festival
May 3-13, 2018
Vancouver, BC

DOXA is presented by The Documentary Media Society, a Vancouver based non-profit, charitable society (incorporated in 1998) devoted to presenting independent and innovative documentaries to Vancouver audiences.

The society exists to educate the public about documentary film as an art form through DOXA Documentary Film Festival, a curated and juried festival comprised of public screenings, panel discussions, public forums and educational programs. The 17th annual DOXA Documentary Film Festival will take place May 3 thru 13, 2018. The Motion Pictures Film Series is DOXA’s year-round programming initiative that offers screenings of some of the world’s most outstanding documentaries to communities around the Lower Mainland. The 2016-2017 season marks the seventh edition of the series.

CMPA members receive a discount with code: CMPA.

For more information, click here.

True North Conference
May 29, 2018
Kitchener, ON

True North is a ground-breaking conference that will bring together 2,000+ visionaries, leading influencers, innovators and policymakers for an honest and critical conversation about how we reaffirm tech as a force for good in the world.

With meaningful content for emerging startups, fast-moving scale-ups, groundbreaking creatives, innovative big brands and those who can effect change – along with cutting-edge art, lively music and unforgettable food – True North attendees will return to work with a renewed commitment to changing the world for the better.

CMPA members receive discounted registration when registering here.

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.

Producers Workbook 5
Presented by Women in Film & Television Vancouver and CMPA-BC

The Producer’s Workbook 5 (PW5) is an invaluable roadmap to independent producers bravely making their way through the ever-changing complexities involved with bringing a project from script to screen.

The PW5 is NOW available as an ebook and as a paperback.

CMPA members benefit from a discount with code: pw52018

For more information and to purchase a copy, click here.


Good Pitch – Vancouver 2018
Deadline: April 6, 2018

Good Pitch brings together documentary filmmakers with foundations, NGOs, campaigners, philanthropists, policymakers, brands and media around leading social and environmental issues – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. Over a year, the selected filmmaking teams receive sustained mentorship and professional development. This includes two campaign development workshops, taking place right after project selection and again on the eve of the live event.

Applications for Good Pitch Vancouver will be accepted until April 6th, 5:00 PM PT.

For more information, click here.

Just For Laughs – Stand Up & Pitch 18’
Deadline: May 7, 2018

Catch this deadline before it passes! Stand Up & Pitch, the comedy industry’s largest and longest running pitch program is on the hunt for the funniest TV or web series ideas. Submit and you could be selected to attend the Just For Laughs Festival, where you’ll have the opportunity to pitch your concept to a panel of senior development and production execs.

For more information, click here.


  • CBC/Radio-Canada has named Catherine Tait as its new president and CEO. Tait, who becomes the first woman to hold the position, is replacing outgoing president Hubert Lacroix. She is currently president of Duopoly, a company that produces digital, television and film content. A 30-year veteran of the Canadian film and TV industry, Tait was one of Canada’s digital/interactive-prodco pioneers, co-founding digital content company iThentic in 2006 and movie-channel company Hollywood Suite in 2010 with the late Jay Switzer and three other partners.
  • eOne has appointed Madison Merritt to the post of SVP of development, alternative programming and television. Working from the company’s Los Angeles office, Merritt will lead the development team in business growth by managing the creation, development and sales of non-scripted series and content.
  • Stephen Ellis has partnered with Clark Bunting and David Wheeler to launch the transmedia-focused prodco, Digital Circus Media.
  • Erica Proudlock is returning to the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) as the organization’s new executive in charge of programs and talent. Proudlock recently wrapped up a year-long contract working with Toronto-based talent agency Vanguarde Artists Management.
  • Proper Television has promoted Allison Grace to VP of content and Jackie Frank to director of production. Mike Armitage is returning to Proper after serving as head of development at Banger Films and has been named director of development.
  • Breakthrough Entertainment has appointed Erin Williams as sales executive as it looks to build out its international distribution arm.
  • Telefilm Canada has upped Marielle Poupelin to the position of director, International Promotion. Previously she’s served as interim director, International Promotion. Telefilm has also named Jean-Claude Mahé as Interim Executive Director of Telefilm Canada.
  • The College of Makeup Art & Design (CMU) has appointed Mark Prashun as its president. He previously joined CMU in 2017 as the college’s SVP Operations.
  • Howie Mandel and LA-based talent agency ICM Partners have acquired the Just for Laughs Group. All the same leadership and personnel will remain in place, and the group is in talks with a number of local Quebec players to also join the investment group.
  • Toronto’s Our House Media (OHM) is continuing to expand its U.S. operations with the hire of Hillary Olsen as VP, development at its L.A. office.