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