Exclusive invite to CMPA members!

TIFF wants to connect with you!
CMPA member discount!
Online registration ends August 25th, 2017
Join us for inspiring high profile speakers, provocative panel discussions, and user-friendly presentations designed to help delegates build resourceful, innovative and financially sustainable business practices. The Conference takes place September 8-13.

TIFF’s 2017 Moguls champions game-changers and innovators, launching with veteran producer Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Blue Valentine and Lee Daniel’s The Butler), who will discuss storytelling and bringing seemingly impossible films to life. The outspoken Anna Serner (CEO, Swedish Film Institute) will outline a vision that has delivered gender equity in her home industry, while influencing policy in countries around the world.

New to the Conference is Foundations, a programming strand designed as a tool kit for up-and-comers. It will include hands-on workshops, talks, and trade shows focused on creative and business development.

Learn about all our recent programming announcements here.

Industry passes provide fluid access to Festival screenings, resources and the above conference events.

TIFF will honour early-bird pricing for CMPA members, as follows:

Doc Conference Pass: $125 CAD

Conference Pass: $405 CAD

Industry Pass: $605 CAD

Premium Pass: $760 CAD

Buyers Pass: $835 CAD

Contact for more information.

CMPA Board Elections – Voting Phase (deadline: August 28, 2017, 8 pm ET)
As Members are aware, we are currently in the online voting phase of the 2017-19 Board elections.  There is one ballot per voting Member company. As such, we ask that you bring this to the attention of the person designated to cast a ballot on your company’s behalf so that they may cast their vote prior to the August 28, 2017, 8 pm ET deadline.

Designated voting contacts will have received an email from Simply Voting (the company that the CMPA has engaged to conduct the election) with a link to the electronic ballot, an Elector ID and a randomly generated password.

Should you have any questions, please contact Susanne Vaas, VP, Corporate & International Affairs by email or by phone at 1-800-656-7440 x337.

Market Acccess Program
Deadlines: September 1, 2017 & January 12, 2018

The CMPA Market Access Program is a pilot program that provides financial support for CMPA members’ international business development activities in the form of a travel grant.

There are two deadlines during the course of the fiscal year for this pilot year, but applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until January 12, 2018. The CMPA will evaluate submissions and grant funds based on the application each company submits.

Companies are eligible for the following amounts:

  • Up to $600 for travel within North America (not available for travel within Canada)
  • Up to $800 for travel support to Europe and South America
  • Up to $1,000 for travel support to Africa, Asia and Oceania

Grants will be paid upon return and receipt of supporting documentation (receipts, report.) Members are eligible for one grant per company per fiscal year.

The application deadline for this current fiscal year ending March 31, 2018 are September 1, 2017
& January 12, 2018.

For more information, click here.

RightsTrade announces new Umbrella Deal with no sales commissions for CMPA members!
The CMPA has extended its partnership with RightsTrade, the leading B2B online marketplace for film and television rights, with over 16,000 members from 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
  • Sales commission fees (also described as Referral Fees) are waived for all signing CMPA members
  • 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
If you are planning on attending TIFF this year, you can schedule a meeting with the RightsTrade team through this link or if you would prefer to schedule an online demo at any given time, please click on this other link. For questions about the CMPA-RIGHTSTRADE Umbrella Deal, you can email Jakub Jasinski at CMPA or contact RightsTrade directly at


Interactive Ontario & CMPA Meet + Mix
August 31, 2017
AutoDesk IDEaS Lab – 101 College Street
Toronto, ON

The IO and CMPA Meet + Mix is a forum for film & TV producers and interactive digital media producers to network in order to spark new and innovative collaborations. It is an expansion of the previous speed-networking event hosted by IO and CMPA and will allow for more in-depth discussions.

Meet + Mix will include brief opening remarks, an hour and a half of facilitated meetings and an hour of general networking over food and drinks. Prior to the event, IO will arrange 4 meetings of approximately 20 minutes each for each participant.

Registration is limited to content creators/executives who are members of IO or CMPA. During the registration process you will be asked to describe your current and upcoming productions, your area of expertise and the areas of expertise of the people you’d like to meet. We’ll do the rest! It’s an easy and fun way to make new connections in the screen-based sector.

5:00pm – 5:15pm – Introductions
5:15pm – 6:45pm – Meetings
6:45pm – 8:00pm – Networking reception

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.


Canada Pavilion – MIPCOM 2017
Registration Deadline: August 30, 2017

Telefilm Canada is currently accepting entries for the Canadian production and distribution companies wishing to join the Canada Pavilion and attend MIPCOM 2017.

MIPCOM is an international market dedicated to financing, co-production, acquisitions and sales of audiovisual content on all platforms. The meeting possibilities, visibility opportunities and range of distribution platforms make this event a must in the industry and one of the largest markets in the world!

Preceded by the MIPJUNIOR, (October 14 to 15, 2017), MIPCOM attracts annually more than 13,000 industry professionals from 100 countries, including more than 4,500 buyers, more than 2,000 exhibitors, more than 1500 digital buyers and many journalists.

For more information, click here

Canadian Screen Awards 2018
Various Deadlines 
(check website)
Final Deadline: September 1, 2017

The call for entries for film / TV & digital / special awards is now open!

CMPA members are encouraged to check the Academy website, refer to the eligibility rules and submit their projects for consideration.

For more information, click here.

Cinemart 2018 – 47th International Film Festival Rotterdam
Deadline: September 1, 2017

CineMart is a co-production market for narrative feature-length films in development or pre-production seeking additional financing. The project can be at stages of development but a complete screenplay should be available during CineMart.

The 34th edition of CineMart will take place at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. This international co-production market takes place over a 4-day period.

For more information, click here.

Berlinale Talents 2018
Deadline: September 4, 2017

In 2018, Canada will be the ‘Country in Focus’ at the European Film Market. Invited Canadian participants at Berlinale Talents can expect an increased visibility and a larger number of activities and networking events to benefit from. The complete programming will be announced in January 2018.

The Berlinale Talents is a creative academy and networking platform for 250 creatives from the fields of film and drama series. It is aimed for film and television professionals in the first 10 years of their career.

Since its creation, the Berlinale Talents has given the Berlin International Film Festival a new hub of creative energy. The Festival’s Berlinale Talents invites young filmmakers from all over the world to attend workshops, share ideas and mingle with international stars and colleagues. Its six-day programme touches on the essential issues of filmmaking: the latest technical developments, creative tools, stylistic trends, new markets and philosophical perspectives.

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 program seeks to support Canadian feature comedies and teams with varying viewpoints, such as those of female filmmakers and culturally diverse filmmakers.

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.


  • The CMPA has appointed Jason Lee as VP, BC Industrial Relations. As chief negotiator for the CMPA BC producers branch, Lee will negotiate labour agreements with the province’s unions and guilds on behalf of its members. He’ll also oversee industrial relations issues, including health and safety, community affairs and day-to-day labour issues. Lee will be based in Vancouver and begin his new role this fall. He’ll report to Liz Shorten, SVP of operations and member services at CMPA-BC.
  • eOne has upped former Sphere Media executive Carolyn Newman to SVP of scripted programming for its U.S. slate.The promotion comes almost exactly a year since Newman joined eOne as VP of scripted programming.
  • Spin Master has added two creative executives to its entertainment division as the company looks to develop new global properties. Former Guru Studio director Jamie Whitney has been tapped as executive producer and showrunner, while Sony Pictures Animation alum Alex Soto has joined as executive producer for creative development.
  • Deluxe Entertainment has named Walter Schnofeld president of Deluxe Distribution. Schonfeld was formerly president of digital cinema global operations at Deluxe, and his new role stretches his purview to encompass delivery and localization operations as well.
  • Martin Carrier has been named as president and CEO of Quebec-based digital studio Frima. Carrier, the former VP and studio head of Warner Bros. Games in Montreal, takes over from company co-founder Christian Daigle, who served as acting CEO for the past two years.
  • Cinematographer John Bailey has been elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Bailey succeeds outgoing president Cheryl Boone Isaacs.