International Networking Day

9:00am - 5:00pm | TIFF Bell Lightbox, Learning Studios A+B | Guest Artist + Industry Delegates | *pre-registration required

International Networking Day is a full-day event of micro-meetings, a networking reception, and the only market event of its kind in the world dedicated to Indigenous screen content, giving Indigenous creatives valuable face-to-face time with leading representatives in various sections of the industry.

International Networking Day streams participants on either side of the table according to their interests and what they are seeking. Four separate 90-minute sessions take place (one Festivals, one Sales & Distribution, and two Development: Production + Representation sessions) comprised of one-on-one round-robin style meetings with industry representatives.

imagineNATIVE Institute staff expertise curates the Indigenous creatives meetings to maximize potential for development. In 2018, International Networking Day attracted over 80 participants and 60 industry leaders, over $800,000 in deal memos, over 70 programming invitations, and numerous collaborative partnerships. 


Space for this event are limited, with pre-event registration prioritized and on-site registration available. Guest Artist and Industry Pass Holders doing on-site registration must be prepared and to do their homework before requesting meetings by visiting the International Networking Day web page at www.imaginenative.org.

Schedule and Deadlines:

September: Participant call for Indigenous screen creatives to apply (TBC)

October 10: Applications Close until on-site registration Oct 24

October 15: Final schedule to Indigenous screen participants

October 25: International Networking Day, 9:00pm to 5:00pm

Screen Programming

Youth Stories - Skills & Capacity Building in Communities 

10:00 - 11:30am | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox

A panel of Indigenous youth filmmakers screen their recent work and discuss the experience and importance of making films in community with professional mentors.


Industry Reception with Unifor NABET

5:00 - 7:00pm | Industry Centre @ Artscape Sandbox | Guest Artist + Industry Delegates

Delegates are welcomed to gather toasting a successful International Networking Day.