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Development Program

The Canada Feature Film Fund’s Development Program is available to production companies looking to finance the development stage of their feature film projects.

  • Only eligible companies that have achieved a score as of May 1st can currently submit applications.  Please note that the application closing date for these companies is now November 5th at 11:59pm EST.
  • Only eligible companies that have not achieved a score as of May 1st, or have a film released between May 1st and October 9th, will be able to submit their portfolio to the selective round, commencing on November 12th and closing on November 23rd.
  • Also, any request for consideration of eligibility will be closed until fiscal 2016-2017 program parameters are known.

Through continuous consultations with the industry, Telefilm has introduced several changes with a view to enhancing the turnaround time for decisions, the efficiency of our tools, the transparency in the decision-making process and allowing  for better planning for clients.

Overview of the changes:

  • Program funding for the most part will now be attributed automatically based on the total score that each applicant has attained.
  • The total score will be based on the number of Canadian films the applicant has produced that were theatrically released in Canada in the last five years and the overall success of the film(s).
  • In the case of co-productions, Telefilm will now pro-rate each Film’s score by the agreed upon share. For further details please consult the Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Funding for targeted group projects will not be attributed automatically, but, rather, will be subject to a selective decision making process as specified in the Program Guidelines.
  • In order to address historical regional access, a regional bonus will be applied to any applicant that meets the criteria specified in the Frequently Asked Questions. 
  • Production companies can now access the total score assigned to their company via eTelefilm.  As of July 2nd, 2015 the allocated funding amounts will also be available.
  • Clients that are eligible to apply to the development program, but have not achieved a score, will be able to apply in the selective decision making round that will take place in the fall (see date below). This round will ensure that the Program’s objectives such as a diversity of genres, regions and viewpoints are met.
  • Please note that previously granted exceptions regarding  eligibility are no longer applicable.

For further details please consult the Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions.

Contacts:

Atlantic Region Vanessa Manco
Quebec Isabelle Picard and Carmela Sciortino
Ontario and Nunavut Vanessa Manco
Western Region Jennifer Porter

 

See offices contact information

Guidelines

Guidelines applicable as of June 22, 2015 for the Development Program

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Forms

Submit and track your application online using eTelefilm

List of Required Documents at time of application

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Declaration of email address

Filmography for Lead Producer or Lead Writer

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Application Dates

DON'T FORGET THAT THE CLOSING DATE OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM FOR QUALIFYING ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS IS NOVEMBER 5, 2015 AT 11:59pm EST.

Applicants may submit their project or portfolio of projects at any time during the Program's opening period. Applications must be submitted via eTelefilm


July 2, 2015 - Opening date for the Development program for qualifying eligible Applicants. - Closing date will be November 5, 2015.
Region(s) : Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West
Language(s) : French, English

November 12, 2015 - Opening date for the Development program for selective balancing round of funding. - Closing date will be November 23, 2015.
Region(s) : Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West
Language(s) : French, English

Useful Tools

FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

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Elements of track record

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Tool for Determining Eligibility - Development Program

Telefilm Canada's Success Index: List of festivals and events

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Template: Budget and Financing Plan

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Template: Final Cost Report

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Affidavit – Final Costs – budgets equal to or less than $250,000

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