Where to meet the best of Canadian talent!

Eye on TIFF

An exclusive pre-Festival event since 2011 in New York, and entering its sixth edition in Los Angeles, Eye on TIFF provides pre-Festival screenings to international distributors, sales agents and exhibitors with a sneak preview of some of Canada’s most buzzworthy titles programmed at TIFF. In 2017, the Eye on TIFF initiative was expanded to Europe, with screenings in London and Paris, where Telefilm will be hosting the event for the third year.

Presented in partnership with TIFF and UniFrance, Eye on TIFF is an initiative that aims to support the promotion and international marketing strategy of Canadian productions abroad, aligned with our vision from the Export Assistance Program.

  • New York, Crosby Street Hotel – 21/08
  • Los Angeles, The London West Hollywood – 22/08
  • Paris, Centre culturel canadien – 27/08
  • London, Canada House – 28/08

Access: By invitation only

7th Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film

This year marks the seventh edition of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film held during the Festival, in partnership with Telefilm Canada. Honouring six Canadian female directors, actors and screenwriters in their outstanding flair in storytelling, the honourees were selected by a pan-Canadian jury comprised of 18 journalists and on-air personalities covering the world of art, culture and entertainment.

The honourees 2019 are:  

Micheline Lanctôt

Wendy Crewson
Jean Yoon

Marie Clements

Emerging Directors
Jasmin Mozaffari
Sophie Dupuis

Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film
Four Seasons Hotel

Access: By invitation only


Canada Lounge

Located in the Festival Industry Centre, the Canada Lounge is a business and networking centre for Canadian film teams. The Lounge serves as their Toronto meeting hub with international industry representatives.

5-12/09 − 9:00 – 17:00
Canada Lounge
TIFF Industry Centre
The Hyatt Regency Hotel – Stand #3

Access: Limited to Industry badges or by invitation


RDV Canada Panel series

During TIFF Industry, a series of panels to spotlight some of the most important topics in the industry today.

6/09 − 13:30 − 14:30
Panel 1 | The Big Screen: Have rumours of my demise been greatly exaggerated?
Glenn Gould Studio

A panel of industry experts will debate the state of the cinematic experience, discuss industry and audience trends, as well as discuss the new opportunities that today’s marketplace offers.

Moderated by Eli Glasner, Entertainment Reporter at CBC News 


Access: Limited to Industry badges


8/09 − 10:00 − 11:00 
Panel 2 | Demystifying Platforms:  Getting Shelf Space
CBC Conference Room B

The power and reach of streaming platforms is hard to deny, and the competition for their attention is fierce. How does an indie filmmaker get on their radar? We’ve gathered experts from content aggregators to discuss the ins and outs of getting your productions on the major platforms, how to optimize audience reach, and more.

Moderated by Annelise Larson, Digital Strategist & Mentor.


  • Melissa D’Agostino, Co-founder and Director of Development – HighballTV
  • James Finlay, Director, Distribution and Client Services – Juice Worldwide
  • Jean-Christophe J. Lamontagne, President – H264

Access: Limited to Industry badges


RDV Canada TIFF Breakfast

Telefilm will host an intimate breakfast in support of Emerging Talent at this year’s festival.

7/09 − 9:00 – 10:30
RDV Canada TIFF Breakfast: Meet Canadian Directors on the Rise
LUMA TIFF Bell Lightbox

Guests will include: Elle-Maija Tailfeathers & Kathleen Hepburn (The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open); Joey Klein (Castle in the Ground); Albert Shin (Clifton Hill); Sanja Zivkovic (Easy Land); Heather Young (Murmur); Miryam Charles (Second Generation); and Amy Jo Johnson (Tammy’s Always Dying), .

Access: By invitation only. 



Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS! returns for its 20th consecutive year at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Six teams will have six minutes to pitch their feature-film idea to a live audience of industry delegates and a jury of development and production experts. All genres and styles of presentation are permitted. The most original and compelling story will be awarded a prize of $15,000.

8/09 − 16:30 – 17:30
Glenn Gould Studio

Access: Limited to Industry badges