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Why you'll thrive in the Toronto Region

  • + Work alongside the world’s leaders in digital media in North America’s third largest entertainment cluster, where content creation, production, post-production, and the animation industry collide
  • + Plug into some of the most attractive media tax credits in the world, irrespective if you are a Canadian or foreign-owned controlled company
  • + Access our growing pipeline of specialized tech talent at a fraction of the cost of other major North American hubs
  • + Benefit from a competitive business environment and unbridled market access

Toronto International Film Festival

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TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema and creating transformational experiences for film lovers and creators of all ages and backgrounds. As Canada's premiere home of cinema, TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, events, professional development and opportunities to meet, hear and learn from filmmakers from Canada and around the world. Every year in September, creators and film lovers from around the world come together to see the very best of cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2018, TIFF attracted 652,000 attendees.

A Leading Centre for Production, Post-production, Special effects

Many Toronto-based companies are internationally renowned as suppliers of incredible animation (both 3-D and 2-D and cutting-edge visual and special effects). You can find the talent you need here, including concept artists, 2-D/3-D artists, animators, modellers, texture artists, technical and computer graphic artists, gameplay programmers, designers, and producers, along with programmers specializing in graphics, physics, sound and online applications. In addition, you’ll find musicians and sound engineers here too.

Oscar Winners Are Made Here

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You can feel film in Toronto and then you can make it in Toronto. It's an incredibly friendly city for film.
Production investments in domestic and foreign film, television, digital and commercials in the Toronto Region (2017)
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Film, television, commercial & animation industries in North America
Toronto has one of the largest screen-based industries in North America, employing more than 30,000+ people
Ontario Film & Television Tax Credit: offering a 35% tax credit on eligible Ontario labour expenditures
Ontario Production Services Tax Credit: 21.5% service tax credit for eligible film & television productions that covers all eligible Ontario production expenditures including labour
Ontario Computer Animation & Special Effects Tax Credit: provides an additional 18% for eligible labour on VFX and animation activities
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Ontario Creates, an agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport is the central catalyst for the province’s cultural media cluster including book publishing, film and television, interactive digital media, magazine publishing and music industries.

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U.S. entertainment company CBS Television Studios will open a television and film production hub just outside Toronto next year. The company says the hub will include six sound stages, production offices and other support facilities.

CBS says the 260,000 square-foot facility will be located in Mississauga and is due to open in 2020.
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The Toronto Region is home to over 250 ethnicities and nearly half of its population is foreign-born
Most educated talent pool among countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
World-class talent in front of and behind the camera
Globally renowned educational institutions working closely with the film, television, digital media and tech innovation industries

We Graduate Top Talent

All of the Toronto Region’s 18 post-secondary institutions have Film/TV production, Computer Engineering, Digital Media or Creative Arts programs within their faculties. Some of the top institutions include, Sheridan, Toronto Metropolitan University, Seneca and the University of Toronto.

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400,000 SQ FT  Markham, Ontario

First Studio City is building a 400,000 square-foot film studio in the City of Markham.

Markham Movieland, which will be the largest studio in Canada and will include 20 sound stages, is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2020. The studio will feature a 70,000 square-foot sound stage, which will be the largest single-purpose sound stage in North America.

Vaughan International Film Festival

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The Vaughan International Film Festival (VFF) is a unique event, with a style all its own. This exciting five-day event proudly showcases both local and international talent – on all levels. The VFF presents its audiences with multi-genre short films offering an ideal platform for independent film creators to put forth their work.

Durham Film Festival

The Durham Region International Film Festival (DRIFF) is an annual event that provides attendees with the experience of film (both on and off-screen). It brings together the world of cinema and talented artists to celebrate Durham’s strong and growing film community. Taking full advantage of Durham’s cultural landscape, a collection of short films, documentaries and features screen across the region in unique cultural and educational venues.

The Toronto Region is Canada's hub for television broadcasters

All the major national networks have their corporate offices in the city:

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On the set of Stephen King's 'It' filmed in Oshawa.
Canadian e-commerce brand Shopify announced that they are launching a TV and film production studio in Toronto called Shopify Studios. Among the first wave of content, Shopify will also release a series of 20-30 minute films showcasing entrepreneurs.
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In 2019, Netflix announced that it is setting up a dedicated production hub in Toronto. The California-based streaming giant announced that it is expanding its presence in Canada by leasing two studio spaces along the downtown industrial waterfront area.