Prime Time First Fifty Discount is Live!

Be one of the first 50 members to register for Prime Time 2018 to receive the exclusive, members-only First Fifty discount. Use the promo code: first-fifty to register for $800 plus tax; this is $500 in savings from the standard registration fee and is open only to CMPA members.

The early-bird discount for members after our First Fifty promotion is: CMPA-2018

To register for the the First Fifty discount click here.


RightsTrade announces new Umbrella Deal with no sales commissions for CMPA members!

The Umbrella Deal has been EXTENDED to October 13, 2017!

The CMPA has extended its partnership with RightsTrade, the leading B2B online marketplace for film and television rights, with over 5,000 buyer companies in 125 territories. This agreement provides CMPA members with preferred access to RightsTrade’s sales, screening and marketplace platform, as well as marketing and promotional support.

Through this partnership, CMPA members who choose to join RightsTrade will benefit from preferred pricing/terms, including 100% discount on any sales commission fees, and will receive targeted marketing and promotional support to sell Canadian film and TV titles to buyers around the world.

Specific benefits of the CMPA-RightsTrade Umbrella Deal include:

  • Preferred pricing with discounts up to 45% off regular subscription rates
  • Expanded volume tiers to accommodate extensive film, TV and digital media catalogs
  • Shorter length of initial subscription term for a lower risk trial period for members
  • Promotional campaigns highlighting members content to 16,000+ industry professionals
For questions about the CMPA-RIGHTSTRADE Umbrella Deal, you can email Jakub Jasinski at CMPA or contact RightsTrade directly at


Deadline: October 9, 2017

TIFF is conducting a survey to find out more about the needs of Canadian screen content creators. We invite you to complete the survey, which should take approximately five minutes. Your participation is anonymous and answers will remain confidential, reported only in the aggregate. In appreciation of your feedback, upon completion, TIFF will enter you in a draw to win two 2018 Toronto International Film Festival Gala tickets.

To take part in the survey, click here.


iVentures 2017
October 26-27, 2017
Toronto, ON

iVentures is Interactive Ontario’s flagship conference (formerly GameON: Ventures). Taking place October 26 & 27 in Toronto, the 10th anniversary edition of the conference will act as a marketplace for ideas across all forms of interactive digital media (IDM) – from virtual and augmented reality to eLearning to video games and more.

Panels, keynotes, workshops, showcases, networking opportunities and an Interactive Digital Media Expo will await delegates looking to learn about and make new connections in the ever-evolving interactive media space.

CMPA members receive 20% OFF registration with code: iventuresCMPA

For more information and to register, click here.

World Congress of Factual Producers
November 29 – December 1, 2017
San Francisco, CA

Registration is now open for the 25th annual World Congress of Science and Factual Producers (WCSFP), which will bring together leading international content producers with broadcasters, OTT platforms and digital publishers in San Francisco, California, for a three-day program of workshops, networking events, panels and – new this year – our innovation expo!

With over 700 international delegates from more than 25 countries, the WCSFP is a must-attend event for those working in science, history and other non-fiction content production and exhibition. More than 200 representatives from international broadcasters attend each year, including key decision makers from Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, ABC, ARTE, BBC, NHK and more!

CMPA members a 20% discount on registration with code: CMPA17. Early-bird pricing is available until October 12, 2017.

For more information and to register, click here.


Berlinale Co-Production Market
Deadline: October 11, 2017

The Berlinale Co-Production Market, held during the 68th International Filmfestspiele Berlin, is currently accepting entries.

The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a three-day event for about 550 international producers, sales agents, distributors as well as broadcasting and funding representatives active in the field of co-production.

This forum is held during the Berlin International Film Festival (February 15–25, 2018) – one of the most important film festivals worldwide – and the opportunities for establishing contacts are excellent, as industry professionals from all over the world attend the festival.

For more information, click here.

Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange
Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange is a high-level cross-border project and business accelerator for producers and their feature comedy properties. This initiative builds traction for comedy projects by offering producers, writers and their creative teams access to respected creative counsel as well as financing and packaging expertise from key decision-makers and comedy experts. This exchange is a part-time, individually-tailored initiative for three teams and their projects per year. It provides producers, writers and their creative teams with expert support, elevates a project’s creative and marketplace potential, and builds momentum across borders and within the international marketplace.

For more information, click here

Rotterdam Lab 2018
Deadline: October 18, 2017

The aim of the Rotterdam Lab, a five-day training workshop, is to give starting producers the opportunity to develop international market experience and knowledge through privileged access to CineMart participants (sales agents, producers, distributors, television buyers, private investors and national funds). In addition to panel discussions and round table sessions with key members from the industry (covering topics such as production, sales, financing, distribution), the Lab participants are also offered the opportunity to address queries on their project in development to industry consultants.

For more information, click here.

South by Southwest (SXSW) 2018
Late Deadline: October 20, 2017

The SXSW Film Conference portion of SXSW Film has been described as a five-day crash course on guerrilla filmmaking and marketing for every level of filmmaker from novice to veteran. Panels, workshops and interviews are always peopled with knowledgeable experts and entertaining speakers offering unique access to the industry. Specialized sessions such as hands on workshops, mini-meetings and one-on-one meetings in the Mentor Program distinguish the SXSW experience.

For more information, click here.

Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund
Deadline: November 15, 2017

In June 2016, Hot Docs and the Rogers Foundation founded the $1-million Hot Docs Ted Rogers Fund to support Canadian documentary filmmakers.

Over the coming 10 years, production grants will be distributed to Canadian documentary filmmakers. Up to $20,000 will be granted to three or four projects each year.

For more information, click here.


  • Mercury Filmworks has expanded its management team and promoted several key executives, including supervising producer Chantal Ling, who has been upped to VP, original series and coproductions. Mercury’s head of studio Jefferson Allen, has been upped to VP of studio operations. Current VPs Sandra Green and Nicole St. Pierre have been promoted to SVP, finance and SVP, business and legal, respectively. Mercury has also added a new member to its team. Tara Pollock joins as studio manager.
  • Rob Heydon Productions has hired Duane Murray as its new VP of development to work on upcoming TV series and feature films. Murray officially began working with the company in a story editing and script consulting capacity last year.
  • Joan Lambur, the former EVP of family entertainment for Toronto-based Breakthrough Entertainment, is forming her own company, Lambur Productions, with fellow Toronto studio Sinking Ship Entertainment holding a minority stake in the business. Ex-Breakthrough VP of family entertainment Suzanne Wilson has also joined the company as COO.
  • The Canadian Film Centre has added four new members to its board of directors: Eric Belcher, president and CEO of Cast & Crew Entertainment Services; Paul Bronfman, chair and CEO of Comweb Corp and William F. White International; Don Carmody, president of Don Carmody Productions and Patrick Cardarelli, senior director, Recovery & Resolution Planning at RBC.
  • Film Sector Development Officer Michele Alosinac has announced her departure from the City’s Film Office, effective in early October.
  • The Canadian Academy has added three new members to its board. Mohawk Girls creator Tracey Deer, Spin VFX president and exec producer Neishaw Ali and Flashpoint EP Anne Marie La Traverse join the Academy’s existing 15-member board.
  • Long-time Hot Docs programmer Sarafina DiFelice has joined Netflix’s Original Documentary Group as a content acquisitions executive. In her new role, DiFelice will lead the streaming giant’s efforts to identify and acquire indie feature-length documentaries for global release.
  • Wow Unlimited has appointed former shomi exec Marni Shulman as SVP and general manager. In the new role, Shulman will be tasked with leading Wow’s partnership with Bell Media.
  • Montreal-based Groupe V Media has appointed Brigitte Vincent its new VP of content, effective Oct. 10. Vincent will lead the direction, programming and content teams for the group’s brands, including its conventional television network V, specialty channels MAX and MusiquePlus, plus
  • Zee Entertainment has made a move into Canada by launching production offshoot Zee Studios International in Vancouver. The prodco is headed by Subhadarshi Tripathy, supported by a local production team.
  • Beau Willimon was elected president of the Writers Guild of America East. The ‘House of Cards’ creator will serve a two year term as head of the East coast union.