The Toronto Region’s film and television cluster is the third largest in North America. Over 5,000 businesses are active in all aspects of film and television, including production and distribution, animation, music publishing and recording, and radio and television.
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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.
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.
During the 2019 Oscars, two Sheridan animation alumni were nominated for Oscars in the Best Animated Short Film category for their directorial debuts. In addition, a media arts alumnus received a nomination for Sound Mixing. Bao, one of the animated films nominated, won Best Animated Short Film.
You can feel film in Toronto and then you can make it in Toronto. It's an incredibly friendly city for film.
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.
Pinewood Toronto Studios is widely recognized as one of the leading studio facilities in North America.
The Studio offers 250,000 square feet of production space on a 20 acre site, based minutes from Downtown Toronto. Its twelve stages include North America's largest purpose built soundstage - the 46,000 square-foot Mega Stage.
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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, Ryerson University, Seneca and the University of Toronto.
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.
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.
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.
All the major national networks have their corporate offices in the city:
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.
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.