Type of Program:
Talent to Watch program supports the production, digital distribution and promotion of a first feature-length film or other format of narrative-based audiovisual content made specifically for online distribution. To apply to this Program through the Selective Stream, Telefilm must first receive a recommendation from a designated industry partner.
The Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Web Projects from Emerging Filmmakers aims to support emerging filmmakers, accelerate their career development, and to allow them to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.
Comments on Funding:
Funding will be in the form of a non-repayable financial contribution that may cover up to 100% of the project’s financing, and:
Funding for web series that are under 75 minutes in total length will be prorated based on the total number of minutes of the project, each full 10-minute segment giving access to $15,000 for a maximum contribution of $105,000.
Telefilm’s financial contribution must be used to cover direct expenses relating to the production, postproduction, distribution and promotion of the project, with a minimum of 8% of Telefilm’s contribution being reserved for the promotion of the project.
The average budget for feature film projects is between $ 150,000 and $ 250,000, but, generally, it must not exceed $ 250,000.
When It Ends:
Eligibility criteria for the creative teams:
Creative teams whose projects have been determined eligible by Telefilm will be asked to incorporate a company which will then apply to Telefilm. This corporation must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Web series will not be eligible under this Program starting next fiscal, 2021-2022.
Designated partners must submit their recommendation of creation teams and projects to Telefilm through Dialogue by the deadline specified on Telefilm’s website.
As part of the recommendation process, the creative teams must submit the supporting documents to Telefilm using a file storage service (ex. OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.).
Creative teams whose projects have been determined eligible by Telefilm will be asked to incorporate a company which will then apply to Telefilm via Dialogue.
The applicant must submit:
- 1a completed screenplay;
- 2Presentation video: a downloadable pitch video of a maximum of 5 minutes that will:
- 3Supporting material in pdf format:
- 4a link to previous work.
Other Things to Note:
The Talent Fund-supported Talent to Watch Program is the formerly Micro-Budget Production Program.
Support under this Program is provided through three separate streams: the Selective Stream (projects chosen among those recommended by designated industry partners for each component of the Program), the Festival Selection Stream and the Fast Track Stream.
NOTE: AS THE PAN-CANADIAN CONSULTATIONS CONTINUE, THE TALENT TO WATCH APPLICATION DATES AND THE UPDATED GUIDELINES ARE DELAYED, AND WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN THE COMING MONTHS.