Sheridan’s SIRT partners with Italian Contemporary Film Festival

Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) is excited to announce the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF) Industry Day will be taking place on SIRT’s Virtual Production Innovation Hub at Pinewood Toronto Studios on November 30 and December 1, 2021. The two-day event will be presented in a hybrid format, providing virtual and in-person components, and will bring together some of the most important stakeholders in the Canadian and Italian film industries. 

The 2021 ICFF Industry Day theme is Scouting the Film Industry New Landscape and will feature panels and presentations from Canadian and Italian industry professionals including Tom Donahue, Director of Dean Martin: King of Cool; Iginio Straffi, CEO and Founder of Rainbow Studio; and Producers from the upcoming film Across the River and Into the Trees.


SIRT Virtual Production Lead Spencer Idenouye will be moderating the keynote panel Virtual Production and the Transformation of the Industry. Attendees will learn about Virtual Production and see a live set, listen to industry leaders discuss when to use Virtual Production and why, and get an international perspective on the growth of Virtual Production. They will also experience a virtual tour of SIRT’s Virtual Production Innovation Hub and learn about how this innovative technology contributed to industry growth.


Other panels to be presented include International Animation, Co-Production Italy-Canada, and The New Frontiers of Public Screenings. The Animation presentation includes global players who will investigate how animation has changed during COVID-19, taking a deep dive into the future of this multi-billion-dollar industry that captivates youth and adults alike.


The 2021 ICFF’s Industry Day will explore and expand on four different topics connected to its theme:

  1. Italian Canadian Co-Productions
  2. The New Frontiers of Public Screenings
  3. Challenges of Modern Animation and the Comeback of 3D Films
  4. Real Time Virtual Productions


For more information and to register for the ICFF Industry Day, please visit:

About Sheridan’s Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT) 

One of Sheridan’s six Research and Incubation Centers, the Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), is an internationally recognized and nationally funded research center focused on technical and creative research as well as the incubation of talent and content within the creative and cultural industries. Located in a 10,000 sq. ft. sound stage at Pinewood Toronto Studios, SIRT plays a key role as a research and development and innovation support hub for the cinema, television, and gaming sectors in one of North America’s leading production and post-production regions. For more information visit


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Carolina Salcedo

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Cheryl Noseworthy

Marketing Lead, SIRT

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