TIFF expands industry programming with Vimeo deal

The new partnership will see the launch of the Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre, to be housed in the CBC building. (TIFF industry office director Justin Cutler pictured.)

TIFF is expanding its industry program, thanks to a new partnership with Vimeo and a change in venue.

The newly named “Vimeo Industry Convergence Centre” will now be housed in the CBC building in downtown Toronto and will feature new sessions focused on building relationships with South Africa, South Korea, Brazil and China. Through the new partnership with Vimeo, the Industry Convergence Centre will feature specific programming that is sponsored by Vimeo.

The move to the new location expands the footprint of the conference and nearly doubles its capacity, said Justin Cutler, director of the industry office at TIFF. Industry meeting space will still be available at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, but all programming will be moved to the new venue.

The conference is currently expecting about 4,800 delegates, Cutler said.

In addition to the expanded venue space, the conference has also added Industry Networking Sessions and Workshops sessions (SPIN Sessions) to this year’s lineup. The program will feature four sessions focused on four different countries: South Africa, South Korea, Brazil and China. The sessions will aim to connect Canadian filmmakers to the international delegations attending the festival, and will focus on tax and coproduction incentives available in the showcased countries.

“We are trying to work a bit more on that policy-based conversation..with the goal as being as effective as possible as a conference,” Cutler told Playback Daily. The programmers for the conference also wanted to ensure that at least 35% of the speakers were not from North America to ensure content appealed to an international audience.

The industry conference will be held from Sept. 5 to Sept. 11.