Early Career

programming, tailor-made for you
getting started

The Groundwork


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     If you are new to our industry, the best first step is to find your people.

In this industry, your community is your backbone.  WIFT Toronto helps you connect with like-minded, ambitious people who want you to succeed, who are at or near where you are in your career, who can empathize with your challenges, and motivate you to stay the course. As well, we strongly value mentorship, and a big part of our mandate is to help you find someone (or several people) you can look up to and go to for advice as you build and grow in this fast-paced, evolving industry.

Read below to learn about all the rich opportunities WIFT Toronto provides to lay the groundwork for launching your career, gaining more skills and experience, and connecting with your community.

be proactive

Launch your career

To learn more about how our targeted programming can support you when you're just starting out, click on the links below.

it takes a village

Connect

As you begin your career in the screen based media industry you’ll quickly learn that networking and relationship-building are key to surviving and thriving. WIFT Toronto offers events and programs designed to help you connect with like-minded people, create new opportunities, and have fun while you do it.

“You have to get out there. You have to network. You have to meet people because if they know you, if they’ve met you, if they get along with you and feel like you’d be a good asset in a room, then they’ll be more likely to hire you.”
~Cynthia Knight, writer & showrunner, Mohawk Girls
dive in

Learn

The media industry moves quickly.   To succeed, we recommend staying ahead of the trends, and commit to never stop learning. WIFT Toronto helps you invest in your future. Our programs give you the skills and knowledge needed to build your confidence and prepare you for a successful future.

expand your toolbox

"I got the opportunity to see the step-by-step postproduction process of a variety of projects, from indie shorts to well-known TV series and features."
~Rebeca Ortiz, 2017 Recipient
Company 3 Post Production Mentorship

To be a stand-out producer, you need to understand every aspect of the production timeline. Take a dive into post production with this exciting mentorship!

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"One of the most useful workshops I have taken in the industry!"
~AnnaMaria DeMara
Introduction to Entertainment Law

A 3-day workshop designed to demystify legal issues in media content production. Learn your rights, protect your IP, negotiate the best deal for YOU!

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"MBE provided me with a strong foundation of knowledge towards the business aspects of media and a platform to network with fellow creators."
~Alicia De Four, 2017 Participant
Media Business Essentials

Jump-start your career in media and get the business skills you need to join Ontario’s billion-dollar screen-based media industry (film, TV and interactive/digital).

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"I am grateful to have such an amazing opportunity. This mentorship will undoubtedly have a meaningful impact on my career."
~Ava Torres, 2017 Recipient
Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship

** NEW DATES ** Ever wondered how talent agencies work? Want to find out more about artist representation and career development? Apply for our Meridian Artists Agency Mentorship! Note that due to our current circumstances, this Mentorship will be held remotely.

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NEW!! Made For TV: Concept to Pitch

NEW!! This 4-day intensive workshop will answer the questions around how the creative elements of your concept can create engagement ... even in your most early stages. Participants will come out of this workshop with a stronger project/story concept, a verbal pitch, and a one-sheet that will include a short and long synopsis.

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Scripted Digital Series Incubator

The Scripted Digital Series Incubator is a four-day intensive program for writers and producers focused on script development, casting, audience development/discoverability, pitching, and financing for digital platforms.

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"An exciting career-launching opportunity for an emerging professional."
~Laurie Januska, Director of Programming, WIFT Toronto
Technicolor VFX Mentorship

The inaugural mentorship will took place from October 15 – November 1, 2019 (inclusive) at Technicolor's Toronto HQ. Dates for 2021 TBA.

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“Female filmmakers should network with each other... They open up resources and expertise, and allow them to build a network early in their career.”
~Keri Putnam, Executive Director, Sundance Institute
WIFT Toronto Industry Speaker Series

Get inspired, make connections, and learn new skills in a single evening. An after-work speaker and networking series for screen-based media professionals providing useful and insightful career development strategies and tools.

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"I know coming out of this mentorship that I have a whole army of people behind me who understand that if I am successful then they are successful."
~Caitlin Carmody, 2017 Recipient
William F. White Production Manager Mentorship

Are you an emerging female Canadian production manager or producer? Are you open to learning new skills and diving into new experiences? Then the William F. White Production Manager Mentorship is the perfect next step for you!

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“It’s all about building your toolbox. Just keep working your way up the ladder and learn, learn, learn.”
~Daegan Fryklind, showrunner, producer & writer, Bitten, Being Erica
make it happen

Advance

Once you’ve started on your WIFT Toronto journey, there’s no stopping you.  And we’ll be right beside you the whole way, as you advance your career.  
After all, we’re part of that supportive network you’ve built.  

Here are some of the ways we help support you as you grow:
- Submit your short film, web or tv series, or music video to our annual Showcase!
- Have new projects, opportunities, and announcements to share? Send them our way and we’ll amplify your messages through our newsletter and social media channels.  

If you require financial assistance, apply to one of our bursaries. Thanks to the Foundation for WIFT Toronto, we’ve been able to help women+ across the industry without worry.  

let us give you a boost

"This is an amazing event! Please come and say hello and watch some great talent!"
— Alex LaLonde, Former Chair, Foundation for WIFT Toronto
WIFT Toronto Showcase

Our annual WIFT Toronto Showcase highlights the creativity, talent, and diversity of our community. We are back in person for the 13th annual WIFT Toronto Showcase on May 18, 2022 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox!

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“WIFT Toronto enables these filmmakers to share their work with fellow women in the industry not only as a great way to advance their career but allowing them to be a part of such a great community of women in film and television.”
~Rebecca Wilson, CTV Programming Coordinator, Bell Media
take action

Get Involved

Despite all of the progress being made women+ and marginalized groups are still being silenced and ignored. There is so much more work to be done to achieve an industry that is equitable, inclusive and accessible for all. What can you do to lead the charge? How can you use your voice, your art, your passion to shatter the glass ceiling once and for all?

“You have to take destiny in your own hands. It’s the only way I’ve gotten anywhere.”
~Mindy Kaling, writer, producer, actress, The Mindy Project, The Office