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Producers Lab Toronto (PLT) is an international co-production forum delivered through a partnership between OMDC, European Film Promotion (EFP) and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Producers Lab Toronto gathers experienced feature film producers from across Canada and from across Europe for three days of industry programming at the start of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).  In 2015, PLT will again include producers from guest countries Australia and New Zealand to broaden the range of co-production possibilities. 

The objective of Producers Lab Toronto is to discuss projects, build knowledge, grow relationships and support partnership-building for the financing, production and distribution of Canada-Europe and “guest country” co-productions.  Producers Lab Toronto 2015 is scheduled from September 9–12, 2015 in Toronto, taking advantage of the presence of the global film industry in the city to create a platform for the promotion of PLT participants and their projects. A total of 24 producers will be selected to participate, ensuring an informal and highly interactive experience.

What Participants Are Saying 

"I was very impressed by the caliber of the participants. PLT provided access to highly experienced and generous guests whom we had the pleasure of sharing experiences and case studies with. Thank you OMDC for organizing such an inspiring three days." – Paula Devonshire, Devonshire Productions

"PLT is a vibrant, relevant and well-organized event that provides excellent resources for film producers who get to network, up-skill, do business and experience the full magnitude of TIFF from a unique perspective." – Anna Vincent, Southern Light Alliance

"The Producers Lab is mandatory for any European film producing that is thinking about co-producing with Canada." – Nuno Bernardo, be Active

Scheduling for selected participants consists of meetings, pitching sessions, case studies and roundtables with other members of the group and industry executives, along with VIP hospitality and networking events.  Canadian producers and their international counterparts are able to exchange ideas and knowledge, while discussing concrete co-production opportunities. 

Benefits of participation in this prestigious program include three days of relationship building with high-potential producers from a range of European territories, from across Canada, and from Australia and New Zealand. All participants will also receive a complimentary Industry Pass to the Toronto International Film Festival. Canadian producers who reside outside of Toronto are eligible for subsidy of return flights and four nights of hotel accommodation. In addition, PLT will conduct a publicity campaign to raise the profile of participants. 

Producers Lab Toronto receives financial support from the European Union MEDIA Mundus programme, as well as European Film Promotion, OMDC and TIFF, with sponsorship from Telefilm Canada, Eurimages and the participation of Screen Australia and the New Zealand  Film Commission.

Application Deadline for Canadian Producers 
Friday, June 12, 2015

Producers should have projects suitable for Canada-Europe and/or Australia/New Zealand co-production. Canadian PLT participants will be selected by a steering committee of representatives from OMDC and TIFF. European participants are selected by their national film commission or funding agency through the EFP network. Participants from Australia and  New Zealand will be selected and supported by Screen Australia and the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).

New this year: PLT Alumni are welcome to apply.

Canadian applicants must have:

  • at least one feature film producer credit; 
  • co-production experience or a track record sufficient to make them viable co-production partners;  
  • one or more projects in development suitable for a Canada-Europe or Canada-New Zealand/Australia co-production. 

Priority will be given to producers whose last films were:

  1. Selected for a significant international festival (including the Toronto International Film Festival);  
  2. Theatrically released in Canada;  
  3. Sold internationally.

Application Process
Please submit application via the OMDC website through the link below. Registration fee for accepted Canadian producer applicants is $500, payable on acceptance to the program.

Producers Lab Toronto - Application Form for Canadian Producers

External Links
European Film Promotion Website

Ontario Media Development Corporation

Program Coordinator, Industry Initiatives
175 Bloor Street East | South Tower | Suite 501 Toronto | Ontario M4W 3R8
Main phone: 416-314-6858 | Fax: 416-314-6876

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs@omdc.on.ca with your complete contact information, including your full name, company name and telephone number, as well as the name of the program that you are interested in.


Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6697