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OMDC International Financing Forum (iff)








Ontario Creates International Financing Forum (iff)

iff is Ontario Creates feature film co-financing event at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Selected international and Canadian producers are brought together with international sales agents, US distributors, agents, equity financiers and executive producers for brokered meetings and exclusive networking opportunities.

Now celebrating its 13th year, Ontario Creates iff has introduced hundreds of projects to the international marketplace with over 75 successfully financed to date. Canadian and international feature film producers are invited to apply to iff. Registration is free but competitive. Final selection is based on company track record, pitch package and suitability of projects.


Applicants must have, at minimum, one full producer credit on a theatrically released feature, and one or two market-oriented projects in development that require international co-production or financing partners. Applicants with a full producer credit on a non-theatrically released film should contact the iff producer directly to enquire about eligibility.  Please note: iff accepts non-English-language projects only with prior approval of iff producer.

Producers with only Executive Producer, Co-Producer and Associate Producer credits are not eligible.

Priority will be given to projects that have not premiered at other co-financing or co-production markets. We accept one project application per company.

Application Deadline

Timelines/deadlines for Ontario Creates International Financing Forum (iff) are as follows. All dates may be subject to change.

Applications Open:  April 12, 2018

Deadline for Canadian and International producers: June 14, 2018

Event Dates

Sunday, September 9, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018

Application Process

  • All new applications going forward must be submitted via the Ontario Creates Online Application Portal (OAP). Applications submitted by any other method will not be accepted.
  • Prior to starting an application, you must register your organization’s corporate information through the OAP. If this has not already been done, you must register by going to: https://apply.omdc.on.ca and click on “Register”.
  • Applicants are encouraged to start the application process well in advance of the deadline in case technical support is required. There is flexibility for completing the application form – you may begin at any time and save information as it is entered. Once saved, you can go back to edit and/or add information until the time when the application is actually submitted.
  • If you encounter problems setting up your organization’s corporate information, please email applyhelp@ontariocreates.ca for assistance. This email address can also be used for any technical questions you have about the OAP.
  • If your company is registered, the iff program deadline will appear in your dashboard. To start the application, click on “Start new application” and follow the onscreen directions to access the application form.

To submit an application please click here.  Please note that all applicants will be required to submit Ontario Creates' Applicant Affidavit affirming that you have both guiding principles and a process for maintaining a respectful workplace.

Representatives from the following companies attended iff 2017:

Backup Media (France)

MK2 (France)

Beta Cinema (Germany)

Mongrel International (Canada)
Bleecker Street Films (USA) Netflix (USA)
Catalyst Global Media (UK) Quickfire Films (UK)
Films Distribution (France Seville International/eOne Films (Canada)

Fox Searchlight (USA)

StudioCanal (France)
ICM Partners (USA) Sundance Film Festival (USA)

IFC/Sundance Selects/IFC Midnight (USA)  

Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UK)

Ingenious Group (UK)

Visit Films (USA)
K5 International (Germany

WTFilms (France)

Magnolia Pictures / Magnet Releasing (USA) XYZ Films (Canada)
Maven Pictures (USA) ZDF Enterprises (Germany)


What are participants saying?

“The iff at TIFF is one of my favourite curated events during the festival … I’m very proud to say that two projects have come as a direct result of meetings held during iff” –David Cormican, Don Carmody TV (Canada) 

"As a returning producer I can say that IFF blasts the high beams on high quality, emerging co-productions in an increasingly hectic and saturated marketplace.”Jordan Barker, Gearshift Films (Canada)

“IFF is the place to get your film to the sales agent who wants it.”Nicholas Hirst, Original Pictures (Canada) & Nils Duenker, Lailaps Pictures (Germany)

“We were honoured to see our film selected for iff 2017 and all of our meetings with high-level execs have led to ongoing conversations which we are sure will lead to a newsworthy story in the near future. We hope to be invited back again and thank everyone involved for all the hard work and beautiful Canadian hospitality.” – Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel, Oiffy (United Kingdom)

“Presenting Black Deutschland for the first time to an international forum at IFF was a the best kind of opportunity to receive useful market related feedback and to meet potential partners.” – Paula Vaccaro, Pinball London (United Kingdom)

“This is the second time we participated in iff, and we always feel at home there. iff offers a unique opportunity to meet top notch producers and industry executives in an intimate way.” Gal Greenspan, GREENproductions (Israel)

In North America IFF is the one must-attend financing market.” Paul Scherzer, Six Island Productions (Canada)

“IFF is brilliantly efficient if you come from somewhere far flung, like New Zealand. In one quick trip I’ve established new relationships with sales companies, financing companies, potential co-producers and have also revitalised previous connections. I feel I’m back in touch with the market.” Fiona Copland, Field Theory (New Zealand)

“This was my second time at IFF, and it continues to attract a high caliber of producers, investors and marketplace. The format is really effective for meaningful engagement as well as new introductions. We found it extremely productive and hope to return in years to come.”Jamie Hilton, See Pictures (Australia)

2017 Partners

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2017 Sponsors


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Please direct any program enquires to: programs@ontariocreates.ca

To receive notification of upcoming deadlines and program updates, please email programs@ontariocreates.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.

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Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6695