Toronto Trade Mission - applications now open
Northern Ireland Screen is seeking to lead a trade mission of Northern Ireland film-makers to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) which takes place from 6-16 September 2012.
Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals -- a "festival of festivals" -- the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most successful cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform to premiere films and do business. Boasting a public eager for the best in contemporary film, as well as international attention from media, distributors, producers and buyers along with a galaxy of stars, the Toronto International Film Festival is considered the premiere film festival in North America. The festival has been described as "the most important film festival in the world – the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive” by the Toronto Globe and Mail.
There is a growing industry/trade element to TIFF. Year after year, the Sales and Industry Office provides a home from which exceptional filmmakers showcase their work to fellow industry professionals from around the world. This ever-growing community — consisting of buyers, distributors, producers and sales agents — migrates to Toronto each September in order to conduct business. To facilitate this business, TIFF provides fluid screening access and an array of relevant industry programming all within a compact Festival Hub. The TIFF marketplace is regarded by the global film industry as one of the industry’s most important annual film events and an increasingly important film market.
As part of its overall remit to help grow a dynamic and sustainable screen industry in Northern Ireland, our objective through this targeted intervention is to help Northern Ireland film-makers further their skills in this arena , inform them of industry standards and requirements and network with peers and contacts, so they can compete effectively within the global industry.
For criteria and how to apply, visit the Trade Missions page in the Marketing and Information section of the website.
Trade Missions are made possible through the Northern Ireland Screen Marketing Department budget, supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.