As a newbie to our industry, this is the perfect time to find your people.
Who are your people? Who is your community? They’re your backbone; 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. Your community can also, should also, include a mentor or two; someone who 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 finding your community.
See our Programming Central Page for a list of all our programs.
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As you begin your career in media you’ll quickly learn networking and relationship-building are key to surviving and thriving in the industry. The support group you build will be there for you in multiple ways as you grow and learn. WIFT Toronto helps you find your people. Our events and programs are designed to help you create opportunities to help you connect, build, and have fun.
“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 today is far from what it was five years ago...even from last year. To succeed you have to keep up with and stay 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 your next five years.
“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
Beyond boosting your career with improved skills, knowledge and contacts, we also have a couple other ideas up our sleeve about how we can help you advance.
Want to get more exposure? We're here for you. We love to shine a spotlight on our members. Submit your short film, web or tv series, or music video to our annual Showcase! Send any news you want to share our way so we can share it with the world.
One more thing. Don’t let money hold you back from your dreams. If you can’t afford to participate in one of our programs, we may be able to help—just apply for one of our bursaries. Thanks to the Foundation for WIFT Toronto, money need not be a problem.
“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
It’s almost 2020. Yet, women are still being marginalized, silenced, ignored. We’ve made major strides, but there’s so much more work to be done. 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