Other Events and Deadlines




MoSo is a community-driven conference and music festival in Saskatoon, SK that runs every June and focuses on innovation+tech, music+art, and content+marketing. But it’s about so much more than being a spectator --- it’s about being part of the conversation. MoSo is a convergence of creativity.

Learn more about the festival here


Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF is dedicated to presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema to film lovers. Our vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.The Toronto International Film Festival has become the launching pad for the best of international, Hollywood and Canadian cinema, and is recognized as the most important film festival after Cannes.

Learn more about the festival here.


Banff World Media Festival

For 35 years, the Banff World Media Festival has brought top leaders from across the evolving media landscape to the heart of the Canadian Rockies for a totally unique experience. The Festival began as an intimate space where unparalleled access and cutting-edge insight could combine to forge relationships, launch new business and aid the ambitious members of a dynamic industry in reaching their goals. 

Attracting over 150 Development Executives and a wide-ranging cross-section of television and digital media professionals from around the world, this festival is the ideal place to make new contacts, find production partners and green-light new projects.

Learn more about the festival here.

DISCOUNT FOR SMPIA MEMBERS! Email us here to find out how.


All Access

All Access is an intimate industry event that brings broadcasters, funding organizations, distributors (both film and television) and other guest speakers to Winnipeg to meet with the Manitoba media production community over two and half days with sessions for both English-language and French-language markets. The Keynote interview this year will be with Catherine Warren, President of FanTrust Entertainment Strategies.

As an added bonus, SMPIA members who register for All Access will recieve an extra discount!

Click here to learn more about the conference.

For SMPIA members looking to recieve the discount, please email our communications department at office@smpia.sk.ca for more information.


Market Travel Opportunities for Digital Professionals

Creative Saskatchewan in Bilbao, Spain, October 29-November 1, 2014

Creative Saskatchewan will be traveling to Bilbao as part of a trade mission to expose the international market to our province’s creative producers. Creative Sask will be hosting a pop-up art exhibition at Sala Rekalde and participating in various BIME activities.  Some Saskatchewan musical talent will also be accompanying the trip and playing at select venues for guests.

BIME Market is an exhibition that is run alongside BIME PRO, which, in turn, is a convention addressed at the music and digital industry, exploring collaboration and new technologies, connecting international professionals from the digital industries with new business opportunities others.  Additional information about activities occurring in Bilbao during this time can be found here.  

As a Saskatchewan digital professional, you have the opportunity to take advantage of Creative Saskatchewan being on the ground, and our Market Travel Grant  (covering 50% of expenses). If you are interested in this opportunity and can benefit from business meetings with industry experts, please consider applying for funding support and joining Creative Saskatchewan in Bilbao Spain this fall. If you have questions about the trip and market travel opportunities please contact Creative Saskatchewan at investment@creativesask.ca or 1-800-561-9933. 


The University of Regina's Department of Film is proud to present

The Annual Fourth Year Film Screenings

April 18th and 19th at The Artesian

Screenings begin at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:00 pm

This event is open to the public
Admission is by donation
Reception and cash bar
Door prizes!

Please join us for two nights of film screenings of short works by fourth year students. Each night, approximately ten different short films varying from documentary and experimental to narrative and animation will be screened.

Donations at the door support sponsorships for 1-2 students from Scott Collegiate to participate in the annual youth film camp hosted by the Saskatchewan Filmpool Cooperative. Youth aged 13-17 years spend a week learning basic filmmaking concepts.

The Artesian is located at 2627 13th Ave, on the corner of 13th Avenue and Angus Street.

For more information contact Sarah Abbott at sarah.abbott@uregina.ca or 306-585-4437.

March 30, 2013

Yorkton Film Festival, in cooperation with Access Communications Announces 2013 High School Film Competition

This competition is open to high school students of all ages across the province and entry is free of charge. The winners of each category will have their films screened across the province on Access Communication network.

The theme for the 2013 competition is:  Physical Activity – Get Out, Speak Out, Act Out

The YFF is partnering with Saskatchewan in motion, a province-wide movement that works to get kids moving more. Less than 15% of Saskatchewan kids get the physical activity they need every day. Increasing the physical activity of the kids we care about is a shared responsibility between families, schools and communities to ensure they each do their part to make sure kids get the minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity every day.

For the first time in history, children and youth are expected to have a shorter and less healthy life than their parents. Cathie Kryzanowski, General Manager of Saskatchewan in motion says the partnership is a creative way to allow youth to showcase their creative talents and share their messages on the physical activity issue with a broad audience.

“This is a great opportunity for kids to use the power of video to draw attention to the issue and get the ears of community leaders and decision makers,” says Kryzanowski.

Entry Rules

  • Entries must relate to the theme of the competition and fall into a category, listed below, to be to be accepted. Films must be no longer than 6 minutes. 
  • Release forms for all persons appearing in films must be submitted with entry form. Entries that do not include release forms will be disqualified from competition. All music and stock-footage used must be properly licensed.  
  • Films must be submitted to the Yorkton Film Festival on DVD with completed entry and release forms by March 30, 2013.  The mailing address is: Yorkton Film Festival, 49 Smith Street East, Yorkton SK,  S3N 0H4


  • Animation
    Any frame by frame or computer-assisted animated film or video that relies primarily on creative animation techniques to tell a story.
  • Performing Arts and Entertainment
    Programs which use music and/or performance to entertain or showcase artistic achievement.
  • Comedy
    Any work, in any genre, intended to elicit laughter or provide humour. Includes all forms of comedy.
  • Drama
    Programs that include the dramatic portrayal of characters, settings, life situations and stories.
  • Experimental
    A filmmaker’s expression, in any genre, using unconventional and innovative production practices and techniques.
  • Documentary 
    Nonfictional productions intended to document some aspect of reality

Deadline to submit: March 30, 2013

September 28, 2012

Call for Entries: Digi Awards

On Dec. 4, 2012, Canada's digital scene will descend on The Carlu in Toronto for a night devoted to celebrating the best in the business.

Expert Digi Awards juries from across Canada will comb through entries received across 20 distinct categories to determine this year’s Digi nominees — the definitive list of Canada's Digital Elite — outlining the brightest stars and biggest disruptors in the media Canadian media landscape today.

Don't miss this opportunity to solidify your place as one of Canada's very best in digital media.  Enter now and save with our early bird rate until August 31.  

September 27-28th, 2012

CHRC's National HR Forum
Toronto, ON

The Cultural Human Resources Council (CHRC) will continue "Building Bridges" between cultural leaders and educators/trainers at its national HR Forum in Toronto. The focus of this unique gathering of cultural leaders, key educators and policy makers from across the country will be training needs and gaps in the sector. Through presentations on best practices, thoughtful discourse and provocative discussion, the forum will highlight examples of industry /education collaboration that respond to immediate industry needs, examine the importance of professional development and mentorships, and encourage participants to press for solutions to training challenges.


September 28 - 30, 2012

Culture Days 2012 Registration now Open!

Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. With the support of a National Steering Committee and volunteer Provincial and Territorial Task Forces, thousands of activity organizers self-mobilize at the grassroots level to present and coordinate free public activities that take place throughout the country over the last weekend of September each year. Everyone can play a role in Culture Days: as an arts or cultural organization, community group, artist, municipality, library, school, citizen, or business person, you can participate in and contribute to the Culture Days movement!

September 28th, 2012

Roma, Italy

TEDxTransmedia is an inspirational global conference focused on finding ways transmedia thinking can help shape socially responsible media.  At TEDxTransmedia 2012 we invite thinkers, doers and ultimately dreamers to join us in a discussion about shaping meaningful media through the opportunities provided by various transmedia techniques.

October 1st, 2012

Deadline: New Media Residencies Canada Council for the Arts

The program has two components: Research Residencies and Production Residencies. This program is only for projects related to new media; it is not for film or video projects.  The program supports projects that provide mutual benefit to artists and host organizations. Grants may be used to cover the direct costs of the residency, such as the guest artists’ subsistence, and the direct costs of the research, creative development and production of artworks undertaken during the residency.

October 1st, 2012

Deadline: New Media and Audio Artists: Research and Production Grants Canada Council for the Arts

These grants assist Canadian artists working with new media or audio technologies as means of artistic expression. Grants cover artist’s subsistence costs as well as the direct costs of research, creative development and production of artworks created with new media or audio technologies.

October 8-11, 2012

Cannes, France

Mipcom is the year’s most anticipated global market for entertainment content across all platforms.

Each Autumn, the industry’s heavy hitters - from TV and Film’s executive ranks to the red-carpet talent that grace our screens  - converge in Cannes from around the globe to create a new world of entertainment.

Four days of meetings, screenings and conferences are turned into deals - from blockbuster programming to groundbreaking partnerships.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012 (5:00pm)

Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds

Applications for the second round of 2012 funding from the Shaw Media-Hot Docs Funds open September 19. Updated submission guidelines and required documents lists for both the Completion Fund and Development Fund are now available. 

October 17–19th, 2012

Storyworld Conference + Expo
Los Angeles, CA

StoryWorld Conference + Expo is the first major gathering of content creators, platform providers, and entertainment industry leaders dedicated to exploring new business models and working together across media boundaries.

  • Discover the best ways to partner with complementary media and increase the value of your intellectual content
  • Make deals and connect with potential partners at structured networking events
  • Learn best practices from global transmedia front-runners
  • Hear case studies from successful media companies already profiting from a transmedia approach

Join hundreds of other industry leaders to help chart the future of the story.

October 22-24th, 2012

World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012)
Montreal, QC

The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2012) is fast approaching and the organizing committee is laying the ground for a real-time global brainstorming on key issues and opportunities of the digital revolution.

Mark your calendar for this 18th edition!

November 15 – 16, 2012

9th Annual Telecommunications Forum
Ottawa Convention Centre

Following last year's successful and informative event, they are pleased to announce this year's date for the 9th Annual Telecommunications Forum.

They have brought together a wide array of speakers, from government to legal experts to industry practitioners to discuss current challenges, trends, and regulations affecting the telecommunication and broadcasting industry.

November 23, 2012

Submission Deadline: Canadian Film Centre Features 

CFC Features is looking to invest in filmmakers from across Canada with engaging stories for the big screen.  If you are a writer, director or producer with a feature film in the low-budget realm, this program offers you an unparalleled opportunity to make your movie a reality.

Designed to help filmmakers at various levels of their career, CFC Features gives writers, directors and producers the opportunity to advance their scripts and produce their film to achieve maximum critical and commercial success.  CFC Features is a practical, demanding and results-oriented program.  It is designed to reflect the needs of the chosen participants and to mirror real-world processes at the Development, Production and Distribution stages.


November 27th, 2012

Canadian Innovation Exchange 
Toronto, ON

The Canadian Innovation Exchange will be back and better than ever November 27 at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. Mark your calendars now, and stay tuned for more details on Canada's most important technology innovation gathering. Important players are already confirming their participation. CIX was a sold out event in 2011 and Registration for CIX 2012 will be launching soon!

December 7th, 2012

Bravo!FACT Deadline

Bravo!FACT continues to provide funding to independent Canadian producers, who seek, primarily (but not exclusively), to create contemporary dramatic works for television.

Films of one minute are eligible for grants of up to $10,000, and those of seven-and-a-half for the maximum $50,000.

January 27-30th, 2013

Realscreen Summit
Washington, DC

The Realscreen Summit is the most important non-fiction film & television industry event. Now in its 14th year, this highly anticipated annual event is dedicated to the development of business and creative opportunities for those in non-fiction and factual programming and content creation. In partnership with realscreen magazine, the ongoing mandate is to identify the best new ideas, recognize top industry talent, offer the forum for discussion and debate, explore issues and uncover trends and ultimately create an international network of connected individuals leading to business growth and career development.

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