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: FRAMING THE FUTURE

Presented by MBS Canada

The film, television, and digital media industries are resilient, adaptive, and ready for positive environmental change. Framing the Future, presented by MBSE Canada, looks to the creatives who are leveraging existing solutions and leading sustainable innovation through changes big and small. Join us to discuss our industry’s long and short term environmental priorities, how all departments and experience levels can get involved, and just how rewarding sustainable change can be.

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.

 

Academy Talks: IN THE ROOM
Presented by BOAT ROCKER MEDIA

In the Room, presented by Boat Rocker Media, will put you in the (sometimes virtual) room with high level development and production executives across all genres and platforms. This series of conversations will feature in-depth discussions on business strategies for film, television, and digital media creators of all experience levels, including tips and tricks to sell your work locally and internationally, business and legal strategies, and where executives are taking risks and innovating to stay ahead of the curve.

Upcoming Talks.

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

Watch our past Academy Talks.

Academy Talks: Ways & Means | From Story to Screen
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This Ways & Means session, presented by the City of Toronto, looks into adapting books and existing stories for the screen. From optioning agreements, obtaining rights and purchasing IP, to adapting a screenplay, and casting, our panel will take an in-depth look at what it really takes to bring a novel to life on screen.

August 17
Academy Talks: Close-Up | Where Art and Technology Meet: AI and Dynamic Content
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This panel, presented by Telefilm Canada, will explore how artificial intelligence, machine learning, and dynamic content have broken down barriers artistically and technologically by integrating the filmmaker, audience, and machines into the storytelling process.

August 04
Academy Talks: Framing the Future | On-Set Fuel Consumption and Clean Energy Solutions
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The majority of on-set greenhouse gas emissions come from fuel consumption. In this Framing the Future discussion, presented by MBS Canada, our panel evaluates what’s being done to support adoption of smaller generators, batteries, and grid tie-in and how you can critically evaluate power before your next production. Where are alternative solutions for clean energy available and where are examples of joint ventures and collaboration to alleviate fuel consumption on-set?

June 21
Academy Talks: Framing the Future | The Critical Path to Green Production
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Are you frustrated with the cost of diesel? Want to learn how you can save money and reduce carbon emissions on set? This Framing the Future discussion, presented by MBS Canada, explores key sustainability actions, including clean energy solutions on-set, and offers practical advice on how to incorporate sustainability into your budget.

May 10
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Building a Production Company

December 13
Academy Talks: Close-Up
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How to Run a “For Your Consideration” Awards Campaign

December 02
Academy Talks: Ways & Means
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World Builders: The Power of the Art Department

November 25
Academy Talks: Close-Up
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Crypto-Art, Blockchain, and Non-Fungible Tokens

November 15
Academy Talks: Framing the Future
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Amplifying the Canadian Indie Game Community

November 02
Academy Talks: Close-Up
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Music Video Production

October 18

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