Program overview

 

The CMPA STAR Producer Program is a comprehensive professional development platform designed to help members advance their careers and grow their businesses. STAR is an acronym for SkillsTrainingAccess, and Resources, which the program will offer through an extensive range of development opportunities for producers at all stages of their careers.

The program is open to all CMPA members and participation requires no commitment other than being a member of the CMPA. Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for programming and events on an individual, case-by-case basis, throughout the year. The STAR Producer Program is made up of six modules that reflect the lifecycle of a production project: Pre-Development, Development, Pre-Production, Production, Post-Production, and IP Commercialization.

Each of the modules will run for approximately two months and will feature programming, training opportunities, and supporting materials through the following pillars:

Presentations

Keynotes, webinars, or panel discussions featuring industry leaders, sharing knowledge and speaking about their career experience

Networking

Opportunities to meet and interact with fellow producers and other key stakeholders in the industry who can help you execute your next project, and expand your career opportunities

Coaching program

Connecting experienced and emerging producers, to facilitate short one-on-one discussions focused on early-career challenges and production-focused queries

Resources

A robust library of supporting materials (reports, databases, webpages, articles, podcasts, etc.) for those who wish to dig deeper


MODULE 3 | Production: Virtual production and funders

Module 3 will focus on productions and offer members the opportunity to gain a significant understanding of new virtual production technology and techniques through a wide-ranging overview webinar, a two-day intensive workshop, and a robust collection of supporting resources. This module will also include a virtual Summer Fund Fair networking event where members will have the opportunity to meet with individuals from various national and provincial funds.

Presentation | Producing for virtual productions

July 21, 2021 – 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm ET / 9:00 am to 10:00 am PT

Designed by Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) and presented in association with the Canadian Film Centre, this webinar will provide producers with a working knowledge of virtual production and the contributing technologies, an understanding of the hardware and crew implications of virtual production; and how this approach to production shifts resources from post-production to pre-production.

 

 

Presentation | Virtual Production Workshop

September 21 & 22, 2021

 

The virtual production workshop aims to give participants skills and knowledge to identify when and where virtual production can be used as an effective production tool. During the two-day program, participants will cover how to plan for, schedule, and execute in-camera visual effects (ICVFX) production shoots.

Networking | Summer Fund Fair

August 24, 2021 – 12:00 pm ET / 9:00 am PT

The CMPA’s STAR Producer Program hosted a virtual Summer Fund Fair where producers had the opportunity to hear directly from national and provincial funds and network in roundtable discussions. The Summer Fund Fair occurred over three rounds of meetings, each lasting 25 minutes. Producers met in small groups, with the funders of their choice. Representatives from the funding organizations presented an overview on their fund, and set aside a significant portion of time for questions and discussion with participants. There was also an open networking session at the end of the program, which allowed members the opportunity to informally meet with funders and producers alike.

 

Resources | Production

CMPA staff have carefully pulled together an extensive range of materials, focused on production. Use the filter by category button to search through resources from Module 3 below. For resources from past modules, click here.

Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct

The Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct is dedicated to preventing and reducing harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence within Canada’s creative industries. On November 23, 2017, a coalition of Canadian creative industry stakeholders released a statement committing to zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying and violence and established working groups to explore the development of a Code of Conduct, safer reporting measures and industry-wide education and training. This Code of Conduct is only the first step in achieving these goals.

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Crowdfunding to Build Independence

The Crowdfunding to Build Independence is a course that teaches you the essentials for engaging your audience at every stage of your project, and how to leverage that for distribution and your next project. The class has been taught at hundreds of film festivals, organizations and schools for a reason: class attendees have a 90% success rate funding on Seed&Spark.

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Diverse hiring databases

BIPOC TV & Film’s list of diverse hiring databases that can be used for productions.

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Coaching program

The CMPA, through its STAR Producer professional development program, is launching a new mentorship initiative aimed at connecting experienced and emerging producers from across Canada. The goal of this initiative is to create a platform where seasoned producers are able to share knowledge and best practices based on their years of experience working in the production industry.

Registration for the STAR Producer Coaching is now closed. Stay tuned for future announcements.

Calling on Canada’s experienced producers: Become a STAR Producer Coach

The CMPA, through its STAR Producer professional development program, is launching a new mentorship initiative aimed at connecting experienced and emerging producers from across Canada. The goal of this initiative is to create a platform where seasoned producers are able to share knowledge and best practices based on their years of experience working in the production industry.

How does it work?

Producers with 10+ years of experience register and commit 30 minutes of their time for a call, a zoom chat, or (if this pandemic ever ends) a discussion over coffee with a producer who is early in their career. Based on experience and areas of interest identified by program participants, the CMPA will match STAR Producer Coaches (established producers) with early-career producers and send an introductory email. Emerging producers will follow up to schedule a meeting with their STAR Producer Coach.

In advance, the CMPA will work with the emerging producers who sign up for the program, to ensure they are prepared and have developed questions and objectives for the meeting with their Coach.

Why become a STAR Producer Coach?

We’ve all heard the term, “it’s not what you know, but who you know.” Well in the production industry it’s both. Volunteering to become a STAR Producer Coach is an opportunity to give back to the production community in Canada, to share the knowledge and experience you’ve built over your career, and to give your early-career colleagues a boost in what is a challenging, and increasingly globally-competitive, industry.

The past year has also raised awareness of the systemic barriers that exist in our industry. Barriers, which mean not everyone has the same opportunity to network and learn from those who are established in their production careers. Becoming a STAR Producer Coach is one small way you can help the CMPA work to eliminate such barriers.

Those who succeed in production do so through a combination of knowledge, skills and professional connections. We hope you’ll consider contributing your time for this mentorship initiative. And who knows, you may even find a new production partner at the end of it all.

Become a STAR Producer Coach →

 

Emerging producers

Producers who are just starting out, or are a few years into their career, are encouraged to apply to participate in the program. As part of this process, individuals will be asked to outline their career experience to-date, and areas of professional interest. Based on this information, the CMPA will work to match early-career producers with a STAR Producer Coach and send an introductory email putting Coaches and “Coachees” in touch with one another.

Emerging producers will be prompted to follow up directly to schedule a 30-minute meeting with their STAR Producer Coach. In advance, the CMPA will also provide the participants with guidance and tools so they are prepared to maximize the time with their Coach.

The CMPA will work to match all interested applicants, however space in the program is limited by the number of STAR Producers Coaches who sign up to participate. Priority will be given to CMPA members and employees of member companies.

Apply to be matched with a STAR Producer Coach →


Past modules

 

The STAR Producer Program consists of a series of modules, offered throughout the year, which reflect the lifecycle of a production project. To access content from past modules, please click below.

 

Past Modules →

FAQ / contact us

 

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found below. Should you have other any questions about the STAR Producer Program, or if you have suggestions for future programming, events or content, please contact Andrew Addison (Vice-President, Communications, Marketing & Membership).

Do I need to commit to a full-year?

No you do not. Individuals will have the opportunity to sign up for programming and events on an individual, case-by-case basis, throughout the year.

Do I need to be a member to get access to the program?

Although some programming will be open to non-members, many of the components of the STAR Producer Program will be available to members only.

 

Interested in joining the CMPA? Click here. 

What are the expectations for STAR Producer Coaches?

The mentorship pillar of the STAR Producer Program is an opportunity for experienced producers to give back to the production community, sharing their experience and expertise with emerging producers, who are early in their careers.

 

To encourage participation, the time commitment required from coaches is minimal. Volunteers will only need to make themselves available for between 30-60 to participate in short 15-minute phone conversations or zoom meetings with emerging producers. Emerging producers will be asked to provide a short agenda to their mentor in advance, and come prepared with 3-5 questions they would like to ask during the call.

 

For more information, or to volunteer as a mentor please contact Sarolta Csete (Director, Development & Corporate Affairs).

Is the STAR Producer Program’s mentorship pillar connect in any way to the CMPA National Mentorship Program?

No, The CMPA National Mentorship Program is a separate program, which coordinates job placement opportunities at leading production companies for aspiring producers. More information about this program can be found here.

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