Academy Talks events are designed for film, television, and digital media professionals looking to engage with contemporary creatives and ideas and are open to participation by individuals with a range of experience. Events are open to the public and available digitally from anywhere, with tickets available for purchase online.

They are free for all Academy members.

Current Academy Talk Series.


Presented by Ontario Creates

Framing the Future recognizes the adaptive, resilient nature of the film, television, and digital media industries, exploring case studies from the creatives leading and inspiring innovation through health & safety protocols, social equity, accessibility, and new technologies and audiences.

Academy Talks: Ways & Means

Presented by the City of Toronto

You’ve got a great script, a killer cast, and a visionary director. Ways & Means will look at budgeting, funding, tax credits, and all the other considerations that go into getting your project made from pre to post-production

Academy Talks: CLOSE-UP

Presented by Telefilm Canada

Close-Up features in-depth conversation with the creatives behind Canadian classics and future favourites. Close-Up profiles the Canadian talent who are capturing audiences, the platforms and companies who are innovating to stay ahead of the curve, and the strategies which industry leaders are using to engage new markets and succeed today.

Upcoming Talks.

Academy Talks: Ways & Means | In Conversation with Donald Mowat
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Presented by The City of Toronto

In anticipation of Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune, Donald Mowat (make-up, hair and prosthetics designer/head of department) shares a glimpse of his work designing the extraordinary characters of Frank Herbert’s world. In this intimate conversation, Mowat will share experiences from his over thirty-five year career working internationally from LA, Toronto, and Montreal and the care and craft that goes into visualizing characters for every genre of film and television.

September 23
Academy Talks: Framing the Future | The Future of the Creative Workforce
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Presented by Ontario Creates

A joint study from Ontario Creates and VICE Media Group, The Future of the Creative Workforce identifies Generation Z and Y professionals’ interest and awareness of the creative jobs and opportunities available to them.

Following a short presentation of the research, our panelists elaborate on their professional values, the roadblocks they have met, and the professional skills and support young creators need to enter and sustain themselves in the creative industries today. This session offers guidance on the resources and career counselling we can offer the post-pandemic, future creatives in front of and behind the scenes.



Wednesday, October 6, 2021

2:00 – 3:00 PM ET / 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PT

Zoom Webinar


Panelists to be announced. 


Free for Academy members. $10 for non-members


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October 06

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Academy Talks: Close-Up | Creative Collaborations on Querencia
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Presented by Telefilm Canada

Creator Mary Galloway and the creative team behind APTN Lumi’s Querencia discuss bringing script to screen and setting the look for the series’ vibrant locations and characters. Our panel provides an in-depth portrait of their process from production through post-production: from inspiration, writing, and funding to cooperatively shaping the story’s cinematography, costumes, and editing.

September 01
Academy Talks: Ways & Means | Framing Documentary Narratives through Editing & Sound
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Presented by the City of Toronto.

In this Ways & Means session, our panel of documentary creatives discuss how picture editing and sound enhance and influence an audience’s perception of images and how to artfully build an ethical documentary process to craft meaning and accurately represent story in non-fiction content.

August 04
Academy Talks: Ways & Means | Indigenous Screen Office's On-Screen Protocols & Pathways Learning Session
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Presented by City of Toronto

In this Ways & Means conversation, Indigenous Governance Consultant Marcia Nickerson joins us for a conversation about the Indigenous Screen Office’s On-Screen Protocols & Pathways document. This session will provide additional information about what is currently being developed since the publication of the guide, the Canadian Screen Awards’ new Narrative Sovereignty rule, and will answer questions from members to help provide specific tools and resources to engage with these protocols on your own productions. 

February 22
Academy Talks: Success | Why Mentorship Matters
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Presented by the Bell Fund and with the support of the Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival.

This edition of Academy Talks gathers emerging and established filmmakers to discuss mentorship: those who have helped boost their careers, how they prioritize nurturing new talent, and how industry development affects and encourages success.

December 01
Academy Talks: In the Room | The Art of the Pitch
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Presented by Boat Rocker Media, and in partnership with Regent Park Film Festival

Join us at our next Academy Talks: In the Room session at the Regent Park Film Festival (November 26-29, 2020). Our panel of filmmakers will offer advice on how to refine your story and create solid conflict and intrigue in your pitch, what makes a good pitch stand out among many, and advice on how to make the strongest case for funding and resources available.

November 26

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