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.

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.

Currently there are no scheduled events, please come back and check regularly.

Watch our past Academy Talks.

Academy Talks: Ways & Means | Funding for Truth: Navigating Ethical Considerations in Documentary
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Explore the ethical dilemmas that can arise when funding and producing documentaries. This panel will discuss the challenges of maintaining editorial independence while securing funding from various sources, including NGOs, corporations, and public grants. Experts will share strategies for balancing financial support with maintaining the integrity of the documentary’s message.

January 31
Academy Talks: Ways & Means | Financing Innovation: Exploring New Models in the Digital Age
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In an era of rapidly evolving distribution platforms and digital content creation, this panel will explore innovative financing models for film and TV projects. From short-form content for online platforms to interactive storytelling, experts will discuss emerging opportunities for financing and producing content in the digital age, while also addressing associated financial challenges.

November 25
Academy Talks: Ways & Means | Cultural Exchange Capital: Financing International Co-Productions
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This panel will focus on the financial intricacies of international co-productions, exploring how collaborations between countries can provide both creative and funding advantages.

October 18
Academy Talks: Close-Up | "Life Classes" Screening at the Atlantic International Film Festival
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The Canadian Academy, in collaboration with the Atlantic International Film Festival is pleased to present the newly restored print of the 1987 Atlantic classic “Life Classes”, as a special edition of Academy Talks: Close-Up presented by Telefilm Canada.

September 16
Academy Talks: Close-Up | The Impact of Contract Disputes and Challenges on Canadian Creators
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This Close-Up panel, presented by Telefilm Canada, will address the impact of contract disputes and challenges on Canadian creators in the entertainment industry.

August 02
Academy Talks: Close-Up | Innovation and Evolution in Music and Score Composition
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This Close-Up panel, presented by Telefilm Canada will feature industry experts discussing the evolving landscape of music and score composition for film, TV, and new media. They will explore emerging trends in music composition, including the utilization of new technologies and techniques to produce innovative and distinctive scores.

June 28
Academy Talks: Close-Up | On Paper & In Practice: The Next Generation of Film Critique and Journalism
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As the written word evolved with the invention of the internet, so has reporting on the film industry. Presented by Telefilm Canada, this Close-Up session features Canadian film journalists and critics discussing their thoughts on the current Canadian film and TV landscape, and their role in shaping trends. We will dive into how they are navigating a world of new tech and new talent, and their hopes for the future of these twin industries.

January 30
Academy Talks: Ways & Means | Careers in VFX
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This Academy Talks: Ways & Means session, presented by the City of Toronto, explores the VFX industry in Toronto: what roles are most needed and what the best path to get there is. This session is aimed towards current, future, and prospective VFX students, and recent graduates or emerging creatives looking to make connections and further their careers.

December 12
Academy Talks at the Regent Park Film Festival | Mental Health and Self Care for Filmmakers
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In this industry session, our panel will discuss mental health resources and self-care in the workplace, for productions with big and small budgets. What are some systemic changes needed to foster a healthy on-set environment for cast and crew? What are new resources developing and available to filmmakers to prioritize mental health, especially when working with difficult content? Hear from filmmakers and some new on-set roles advocating for this support.

December 09
Academy Talks: In the Room with Streamers
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A conversation with a selection of online platforms producing, acquiring, and promoting Canadian digital content. Join us to hear about what types of content are succeeding online and how can you best approach them to engage in creative opportunities.

November 28

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