Register now to attend Reelworld’s Industry Panels.  Panels will take place 1pm - 5pm Friday, October 12th on the main stage within the Toronto Reference Library. 


Our free Industry Panels create networking and professional development opportunities for emerging and underrepresented filmmakers and storytellers. Our focus this year is on FILMMAKERS, WRITERS, FUNDING, and THE PITCH. Each stream will feature sessions with industry leaders through case studies, panels, and talks.

Sponsored by the DGC, WGC, and Telefilm



THE LEAP/ What does it take to breakthrough to the next level? Join Charles Officer, Cory Bowles, Joyce Wong, and Sherren Lee as they share what allowed them to leap from shorts to first feature, from shorts to directing TV, and from directing Canadian TV to US TV.  Moderated by Film and Industry Programming Manager Allison Wilson-Forbes.

Sponsored by the Directors Guild of Canada


PITCH & FUND/ A very special case study with Telefilm’s Dan Lyon, Telefilm’s Regional Feature Film Executive for Ontario and Nunavut. Telefilm Canada both stimulates demand and access to Canadian productions as well as finances the development and production of Canadian features. Join Dan, Lenin Sivam (writer/director), Warren Sinnathamby (producer) and Raji Krishnam (producer) as we study the development of Roobha, the first Canadian feature to explore a young transgender Tamil’s experience.

Sponsored by Telefilm


THE SHOWRUNNER / Showrunners truly are the creative force driving a television series.  He or she controls all creative decisions and oversees the series from development, through prep and production, to the completion of post.  Join Producer Joan Jenkinson as she talks with three vibrant Showrunners and Creators on the scene today: Marsha Greene (Mary Kills People, The Mighty Quinns); Ins Choi (Kim’s Convenience); and Samantha Wan (Second Jen).

Sponsored by the Writers Guild of Canada.


FUNDING YOUR PROJECT / Industry Programming Coordinator Andy Marshall talks with Inspirit Foundation, the OAC, Ontario Creates and the Toronto Arts Council about new Funding Programs; developments and trends from a funder’s perspective; tips and common pitfalls to avoid when submitting grant applications; and how filmmakers can best stay informed of eligible funding opportunities.


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