Script to Screen Summit is a half-day program being hosted during the Toronto International Film Festival. For aspiring filmmakers and producers looking to learn more about best approaches—toward getting their projects from the pages of a script to getting distributed on big and small screens.


12:30 - 1:00 pm
Registration and Networking

1:00 - 1:45 pm
Make Your Script Matter
Production offices throughout Hollywood are filled with great scripts. But there is no reason why your script should simply ‘blend in’ with the others, especially when you’re in complete control of the project. During this discussion, gain expert advice into what it takes to get your screenplay noticed. From creating your story and developing memorable characters to formatting your script and selling it to studios.

1:45 - 2:30 pm
Building Your A-Team: Attracting and Attaching the Right Talent

Once you have a great script, the next step is to build a solid team. Ever notice how the same producers and directors always seem to work with the same actors and crew members over and over? There’s a reason for it. It’s not just about finding people who fit your budget, but more so about putting together a team you can trust and who can bring out the best in your project. During this session, learn how to expand beyond your film school network and meet the right people who will bring value to your project. 

2:30 - 3:15pm
Location, Location, Location: Using Co-Production Deals to Get Your Movie Made

Why not film in New Zealand, where you can recoup 25% of your production budget? When it comes to raising funds and putting together a budget for your film, it’s important to consider tax incentives as a way to cut costs and ensure greater returns for your investors. During this session, explore the process and structure of a co-production deal and learn which locations offer the best incentives for your project. 

3:15 - 3:45 pm
Networking Break

3:45 - 4:30 pm
Finance Re-Defined: Getting Creative About Getting Money

In today’s climate, we have to innovate to survive by constantly finding new channels of funding from non-traditional sources. It used to be that all you needed were A-list stars and an A-list director to get your film financed, but nowadays they are just one part of a larger matrix of packaging elements. Other considerations now enter the equation when it comes to attracting investors. From digital distribution, team dynamics, and audience demand to production budgets, social media strategy, and market intelligence, learn what it takes to increase investor confidence and maximize your project’s industry appeal.

4:30 - 5:15 pm
Branding and Marketing Your Film

With the digital age in full effect, there is now an opportunity to build an audience from day one, which is why the sooner you define your audience and develop a marketing plan the better. During this session discover the best ways to reach your market and connect them with the material. Learn the ins and outs of traditional marketing, digital advertising, social media outreach, film marts, and festivals, and ultimately become an expert on selling your vision - without having to break the bank.

5:15 - 6:00 pm
Size Doesn’t Matter: Getting on Every Screen, Big and Small

Nowadays, it’s not just about gracing the big screens of every AMC and Cineplex, but more about accompanying someone on a commute home via a mobile screen. Last year, the Netflix original film Mudbound went onto receive 8 Oscar Nominations and was granted limited theatrical release. Other Academy Award-Winning and Nominated films such as Manchester by the Sea and The Big Sick—both distributed by Amazon Studios—received full theatrical releases before making it onto Amazon Prime. During this session, you'll familiarize yourself with the ever-changing worlds of traditional and online distribution. Learn how to capitalize on these markets correctly and discover which distribution platform is right for you.

6:00 - 8:00 pm
Networking Reception

Private networking reception for summit speakers, sponsors and registered attendees only.

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