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OMDC International Financing Forum (iff)








OMDC's International Financing Forum (iff)

iff is OMDC's 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 12th year, OMDC’s iff has introduced hundreds of projects to the international marketplace with over 70 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. Please note: iff accepts non-English-language projects only with prior approval of iff producer.

Producers with 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 OMDC’s International Financing Forum (iff) are as follows. All dates may be subject to change.

Application Launch: April 18, 2017

NEW – Single Deadline for Canadian and International producers: June 14, 2017

Event Dates

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday, September 11, 2017

Application Process

  • All new applications going forward must be submitted via the OMDC’s 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@omdc.on.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.

Representatives from the following companies attended iff 2016:

A Company Film Licensing Intl (Germany) Los Angeles Media Fund (USA)
ACE (Netherlands) Magnolia Pictures (USA)
Amazon Studios (USA) Maven Films (USA)
AMBI Films (USA) Mongrel International (Canada)
Backup Media (France) Netflix (USA)
Bankside Films (UK) Participant Media (USA)
BBC Films (UK) Pinewood Pictures (UK)
Beta Cinema (Germany) Protagonist Pictures (UK)
Big Beach Films (USA) Seville International/eOne Films
Cinetic Media (USA) Studio Canal (France)
Echo Lake Entertainment (USA) Sundance Film Festival (USA)
Elle Driver (France) TF1 Studio (France)
Film4 (UK) The Match Factory (Germany)
Films Distribution (France) Universal Pictures International Entertainment (UK)
Fox Searchlight (USA) Visit Films (USA)
Gamechanger Films (USA) William Morris Endeavor (USA)
ICM Partners (USA) WTFilms (France)
IFC/Sundance Selects/IFC Midnight (USA)     XYZ Films (Canada)
Ingenious Group (UK) ZDF Enterprises (Germany)
K5 International (Germany)

What are participants saying?

“The calibre of guests at iff is incredible. Every meeting we had was with someone who was clearly hand-picked for our project’s needs and completely positioned to make things happen.” – Mary Anne Waterhouse, Quadrant Motion Pictures, Canada  

“There were times when I felt like the assembly line of amazing contacts would never stop. I would not trade this experience for anything (except for a chance to come back with our film finished next year and a new one ready to go!). This was definitely an A+ experience for our company.” – Jeff Rogers, Media Goes Here, Canada

“The people at iff really understand what independent producers are up against. Beautifully curated, this match-making conference gives filmmakers the opportunity to find the right partners and get the right feedback on their projects in development.” – Nina Spensley, Berghaus Wobke Filmproduktion, Germany

“I knew that the calibre of executives and projects would be excellent, and that Jan and her team are tireless in their efforts to make sure the event runs smoothly and efficiently. Out of the many film financing events, this is the one that truly delivers.” – Samantha Taylor, Film and Music Entertainment, UK

“We spent two days in a room with brilliant access to a very high level of film funders, Execs and Sales Agents. I wanted to introduce the project to North America and there isn’t a better place to do so. Everyone is in town for the [Toronto International Film Festival] and with iff’s skilled matchmaking we had some brilliant meetings.” – Janine Marmot, Hot Property Films, UK

“iff is one of the best run film finance markets that I have been to.” – Delon Bakker, Mannequin Pictures, South Africa

“As a European-based producer, it was a unique opportunity to connect with a range of top-level industry executives and producers from other parts of the world that I wouldn't easily have come into contact with - or even with those coming from Europe - and it was great to be able to do so within a clear, focused timeframe.” – Pietro Greppi, Wonder Room Productions, UK

“The iff offers a unique setting to meet with potential and future partners in an intimate and productive manner. It creates opportunities you don't get anywhere else. It was an amazing experience.” – Tim Doiron, WANGO Films, Canada

2016 Partners

   Telefilm Logo


NFVF-SouthAfrica logo

2016 Sponsor



Please direct any iff inquiries to: iff@omdc.on.ca

Please direct any program inquires to: programs@omdc.on.ca

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.

Funding Deadlines

April 11, 2018
Film Fund

April 18, 2018
OMF – Music Company Development

April 19, 2018
OMF – Music Futures

October 4, 2018
OMF – Music Futures

October 25, 2018
OMF - Music Industry Development

Contact Us

Program Coordinator
Industry Initiatives
Phone: 416-642-6697