Talent to Watch program
This 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.
Who can apply
The Talent Fund-supported Talent to Watch Program (formerly Micro-Budget Production Program) finances emerging content creators who are recent alumni of a partner educational institution, active members of partner cooperatives or recent participants of partner film festival incubator initiative, or who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival. The program also provides automatic funding to projects directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that has won a prize at a recognized film festival.
Overview of the program
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.
The maximum contribution amount through this program is $125,000 for feature films and narrative-based projects of over 75 minutes.
Support under this Program is provided through three separate streams: the Selective Stream, the Festival Selection Stream and the Fast Track Stream.
Financing will be given to projects chosen among those recommended by designated industry partners for each component of the Program (see full list of partners in documents below). The different components are:
- Main component
- Indigenous component
- Official-Language Minority Communities (OLMC) component
Festival Selection Stream:
Financing will be given to projects chosen among submitted films directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival (see the list of recognized film festivals in documents below). Funding under this stream is not automatic.
Fast Track Stream:
Automatic financing will be given to projects directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that has won a prize at a recognized film festival (see the list of recognized film festivals in documents below).
Overview of eligibility requirements
The main eligibility criteria under all three streams is:
- Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent: they must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film but cannot have previously held the same key position in a feature length film.
Additional eligibility criteria apply to each separate stream. Please consult the guidelines for the complete description of the eligibility criteria under this Program.
Updated List of partners
List of Designated Partners for Main Component and for OLMC Component have been updated
Updated List of partners
List of Designated Partners for Main Component
Updated guidelines and FAQ
A new version of the Talent to Watch Program guidelines and FAQ is now available.
Designated industry partners must submit their recommended projects to the Selective Stream between April 16 and 23. Applicants eligible for the Festival Selection Stream must submit their application April 16 and 23.