Type of Program:
The Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films from Emerging Filmmakers (the “Program”) aims to support a diverse array of emerging filmmakers. The intended outcome of this Program is to discover and develop the next generation of Canadian filmmakers, and to allow them to establish their voice and sensibility through a first feature.
Under the Industry Partner Stream, eligible filmmakers apply to their Designated Partner who will then choose which projects will be recommended to Telefilm. Each Designated Partner may recommend a project under the following components: the Main component, the Indigenous component and the Official Language Minority Community (OLMC) component.
Comments on Funding:
Funding will be in the form of a non-repayable financial contribution16 that may cover up to 100% of the project’s financing. The maximum contribution amount is set at:
When It Ends:
Intake opens April 19, 2022
May 3, 2022
The applicant must:
Under the Industry Partner Stream, projects are initially submitted by Designated Partners, not Applicants. Creative teams whose projects have been selected by Telefilm under the Industry Partner Stream will be required to incorporate a company which will then apply to Telefilm. Such incorporated company must meet the general eligibility criteria for Applicants indicated above.
The key members of the creative teams of all eligible projects must:
Producers who have previously produced one feature film that has received funding under this Program are also considered as emerging talent. This Program was previously referred to as the “Micro-Budget Production Program”. Additionally, Telefilm will show flexibility in the eligibility evaluation of key creatives who have previously produced, written or directed a feature film project of micro-budget scope (films which were self-financed or produced within a festival incubator or school program) funded outside of this program and that had a limited release.
The application process under the Partner Stream is composed of two steps:
Recommendation by a Designated Partner: Each Designated Partner may recommend one feature film for each component under which the partner is eligible. Designated Partners must submit their recommendation to Telefilm through Dialogue by the deadline.
Application: Teams whose projects have been determined eligible by Telefilm to proceed to the application stage must apply using Dialogue with an incorporated company (applicant company). It is the responsibility of the applicant to complete the application process and provide any supporting documents required by Telefilm.
Applicants must submit:
- 1Incorporation Certificate, if modified since company’s last application to Telefilm;
- 2Corporate Declaration;
- 3Completed Screenplay;
- 4Presentation Video;
- 5Synopsis of the Project;
- 62. Director’s Vision;
- 7Promotion and Distribution Plan;
- 8Track Record for Producer, Screenwriter and Director;
- 9Production Schedule (from Pre-Production to Release);
- 10Budget Top Sheet for the Project (template available on the Program's website);
- 11Details of All Confirmed and Projected Financing;
- 12Letter of Support from the Designated Industry Partner;
- 13Community Engagement Plan;
- 14Sustainability Plan, optional.
Other Things to Note:
- 1The list of Designated Partners for each component is available on the Program’s webpage. These partners all have a strong connection to emerging talent and include recognized training institutions with a film training program, film cooperatives and film festivals with talent incubators.
- 2Guidelines updated on October 7, 2021.