NOMFA 2019

NOMFA is the region's largest gathering of the music and film with a purpose to celebrate the best in film, television, and music created in Northern Ontario over the past two years.

However, NOMFA is much more than an awards show. NOMFA will play host to a number of music and film showcases, as well as industry panel discussions and workshops aimed at connecting and empowering those working in Northern Ontario's music and media arts sectors.

NOMFA 2019 will see a number of industry panels and professional development workshops taking place at Laurentian University’s McEwen School of Architecture in downtown Greater Sudbury.

From Thursday, May 23rd to Saturday May 25th, public audiences and artists will have the opportunity to attend music and film workshops led by industry veterans that cover a range of industry topics.

The panels our guests and industry members are invited to attend include:


Film Unions & Guilds: Making the Most of Your Membership
1:00 PM TO 4:00 PM
Venue: McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street, Classroom
With the Northern film industry continuing to grow, union membership has become increasingly important to ensure safety and job success for Northern crew members. This information training session, with speakers from NABET 700, ACTRA, IATSE, and DGC, will explain the ins-and-outs of union membership including how to join, the benefits of joining, and how to access union services.


Safer Music Spaces Training - For Music Venues and Presenters
9:00 AM TO 1:00 PM
Venue: McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street, Boardroom
Across Canada there are over 600,000 cases of reported sexual-violence, sadly our workplaces and organizations are the spaces where this violence and harassment can and does happen. This workshop, facilitated by the Dandelion Initiative, will teach attendees how to recognize, respond to and prevent harmful behaviours and actions that can put guests, teams and businesses at risk.
Topics will include Bystander Intervention, Inclusive Practices, Consent, Workplace Policies, and more.

Navigating Film Funding: Setting Your Course for Success
11:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Venue: McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street, Lecture Hall
There is an increasing amount of funding available for film projects, though the application process can be extensive and competitive. This panel, featuring members of the Canadian Media Fund (CMF), Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) and Ontario Arts Council (OAC), will cover Canada’s numerous funding programs for film projects and help attendees understand how to create a strong application and that stands out from the competition.

Maximum Airplay: Radio and Streaming
11:30 AM TO 12:30 PM
Venue: McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street, Classroom
With the continuous evolution of music distribution comes questions about where musicians should devote time and energy to get their music heard. Examining the traditional radio platform and modern streaming platforms, this panel offers insight into how both contribute to an artist’s career development in different ways, while looking at best practices for using both radio and streaming to their greatest effect.

Data to Dollars
1:00 PM TO 2:00 PM
Venue: McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street, Classroom
From engaging your fans on social media to performing or presenting a live show, valuable insights about your audience are in plain sight. Learn to recognize and track important data from your everyday activities and leverage it to boost revenue.

Speed Schmoozing
2:30 PM TO 4:30 PM
Venue: McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street, Classroom
Need advice on completing a funding application directly from the funder? How about feedback on an ongoing project or information on joining a union or guild? This two-hour session will allow you to get valuable face time with industry delegates in a speed-dating format to make pitches, ask questions and receive personalized advice on your career.


Creating Safer Spaces and Workplaces
10:00 AM TO 12:00 PM
Venue: McEwen School of Architecture, 85 Elm Street, Lecture Hall
Maintaining a safe work environment is of utmost importance for ensuring the success of the Northern cultural industries. This information session will give an overview of current initiatives being conducted by unions, guilds and organizations to ensure safe and accountable workplaces, be they film sets, performing arts centers or rock clubs.


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