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November 2016

International Film Markets

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In support of Market Access Program, we’ve highlighted some of the best international market festivals in the industry. The following is a list of potential hot-spots for Alberta Producers to break into the scene.

If you are applying for AMPIA’s Market Access Program, please note you are not limited to the markets and/or festivals on this list. Other markets/festivals may be accepted if the applicant can demonstrate attending will provide a significant opportunity for their projects or companies.

Real Screen Summit

Washington, DC

Global market and conference for the business of unscripted and non-fiction entertainment. Through signature Luncheon Roundtables, Meet a Mentor, Meet an Expert, Speed Pitching and 30 Minutes With… sessions, Real Screen makes it easy to make the connections you need to propel your business and bring you face to face with industry-leading executives.

European Film Market (EFM)

Berlin, Germany
Berlin International Film Festival

The EFM gathers together more than 400 exhibitors and 8000 industry professionals from 100 countries. The EFM offers 38 movie theatres to screen films for industry professionals attending the market. The EFM also encompasses the Berlinale Co-Production Market, a forum for some 500 producers, financiers, broadcasters, distributors, sales agents and funding organizations active in the field of coproduction. Berlinale Talents, another component of the Berlin International Film Festival, is a networking platform for 250 emerging creatives selected by the festival on the basis of a call for entries process.

Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART)

Hong Kong, China

Asia’s largest film and entertainment market, organised by the HKTDC and held at the HKCEC, the Hong Kong International Film and TV Market hosts exhibits such as distribution, production and acquisition of film, TV programmes, animation, digital entertainment, games, production and post-production services, shooting locations, film commissions, film festivals, film insurance and film financing.

Frontières International Co-Production Market

Brussels, Belgium
Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

Montreal, Quebec
Fantastia Film Festival

Frontières has since developed into a biannual transatlantic circuit – taking place in Montreal in July at Fantasia, and Brussels in April at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. Frontières has become an essential networking destination for industry professionals seeking to stimulate the co-production and co-financing of genre films.


Cannes, France

MIPTV is a market specialized in television programs known for the range and diversity of its international representation. The market is important for the sale and purchase of broadcasting rights, coproduction, financing, partnerships, corporate consolidation, cross-border investments and trends forecasting, for both programming and companies’ positioning in a global trading environment.

At MIPTV, as at MIPCOM, Canada deploys the fifth-largest contingent after those from the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany.

Hot Docs

Toronto, Ontario

North America’s most effective international documentary market, the Hot Docs Forum is a dynamic pitching event that stimulates international co-production financing. Taking place over two days, pre-selected international projects are presented to a round table of leading commissioning editors, film fund representatives, financiers, programming executives and delegates from around the globe.

Marché du Film

Cannes, France
Cannes Film Festival

The Marché du Film is a component of the Cannes International Film Festival. The Market accredits some 11 000 participants, including buyers, sellers, producers and festival programmers. The Market also encompasses the Producers Network, a networking platform for more than 500 producers and industry speakers, as well as the Producers Workshop, a training component for producers starting out on the international scene. The activity also offers seminars led by industry professionals.


Annecy, France
International Animation Film Market

MIFA is the animation industry’s foremost showcase in terms of co-producing, purchasing, selling, financing and distributing animation content for all broadcasting platforms. Telefilm Canada and its partners are joining forces in a trade mission under the umbrella of the Canada Pavilion during the MIFA. The goal of this initiative is to provide increased visibility for our entrepreneurs and to emphasize the importance of the animation industry for Canada.

Sunny Side of the Doc

La Rochelle, France

Sunny Side of the Doc is an international market dedicated to factual content (linear & interactive documentaries), where the industry gathers over four days to sell or buy projects and programs, and to find partners. Challenging and thought-provoking conference sessions, pitch competitions (with prizes), presentations by broadcasters from around the world, screenings and special events, all in a large exhibition and conference venue, Espace Encan, on the harbour side of La Rochelle. Telefilm Canada and its partners are joining forces in a trade mission under the umbrella of the Canada Pavilion during Sunny Side of the Doc.

Strategic Partners

Halifax, Nova Scotia
Atlantic Film Festival

One of the worlds most established co‐production/co-financing markets, Strategic Partners is a one-stop shop for projects looking for partners. A global trendsetter, the event attracts producers whose projects represent fresh and innovative ways to tell stories, across all platforms.  Priority is given to projects considered to have both commercial and international appeal.  Strategic Partners provides a full agenda of 25 minute, pre-scheduled 1-2-1 meetings with investors/broadcasters/distributors/sales agents, participation in investor and co-production focused roundtable sessions, cutting edge panels and visionary keynote speakers. The event’s two-day linear program is designed to provide unparalleled access to international co-production/ co-financing possibilities. All of this happens under one roof, set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Film Festival and the vibrant, coastal city of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Fantastic Market

Austin, Texas
Fantastic Fest

In addition to hosting pitch sessions and work-in-progress screenings for the hottest genre projects from around the world, Fantastic Market provides talks, panels, mixers and other events specifically geared towards members of the film industry.


Cannes, France

MIPCOM is the major fall event for audiovisual and digital content companies in terms of the sale and purchase of rights, coproduction, financing, partnerships, corporate consolidation, cross-border investments and forecasting of trends, for both programming and companies’ positioning in an increasingly global business environment.


Cannes, France

Leading Showcase for Kids Content, 1200+ Programmes, Projects and IPs. Daily Reports to get real-time feedback on your show. Networking Sessions with top international buyers, licensing agents and publishers. Early-stage financing, co-production deals and partnerships

American Film Market (AFM)

Santa Monica, California

Founded in 1981, the American Film Market (AFM) quickly became the premiere global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision-makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof. Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed. In just eight days, more than $1 billion in deals will be sealed — on both completed films and those in every stage of development and production — making AFM the must-attend industry event.

International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

IDFA’s Docs for Sale film market has become on the largest documentary markets in the world. Every year, more than 300 sales agents, distributors, film buying for TV stations and festival programmers gather together in Amsterdam, where they are given a rigorous selection of the best new documentaries on the international market.

AMPIA shorts at Art Spirit Festival

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Art Spirit Festival, Shorts: Packing Powerful Punches
Saturday, November 19 | 7pm
Holy Trinity United Church Upper Hall
10037 -84 Avenue
Admission: Donation / Pay what you can

Alberta filmmakers will be featured at the ART SPIRIT FESTIVAL in Edmonton on Saturday, November 19, including AMPIA members Katrina Beatty and Eva Colmers. The mini film festival includes filmmaker Q&A after the screenings:

  • Autumn by Eva Colmers
  • Lift by Katrina Beatty
  • Lifetimes of Snow by Dylan Howard
  • God’s Acre by Kelton Stepanowich
  • il carro, il carro arrugginito, e il mucchio di spazzatura
    (the wagon, the rusty cart and the junk pile) by Lindsay McIntyre
  • Negativipeg by Matthew Rankin
  • Carpet Diem by Trevor Anderson


The event is produced in conjunction with The Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA). 

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