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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 released a film as of March 31, 2016 and achieved a score as of April 15th can currently submit applications.  Please note that the application closing date for these companies is now October 14th at 11:59pm EST.
  • Only eligible companies that have not achieved a score as of April 15th, or have a film released between March 31, 2016 and October 7th, will be able to submit their portfolio to the selective round (if applicable), commencing on October 31st and closing on November 15th.

Through continuous consultations with the industry, Telefilm has designed the program 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 program parameters:

  • 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 May 18, 2016 the allocated funding amounts will also be available.
  • Provided the fund is not over-subscribed, and Telefilm has determined that is overall portfolio is not sufficiently diversified, 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.


Atlantic Region

Vanessa Manco


Isabelle Picard and Carmela Sciortino

Ontario and Nunavut

Vanessa Manco

Western Region

Jennifer Porter


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

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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


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

May 18, 2016 - Opening date for the Development program for qualifying eligible Applicants. - Closing date will be October 14, 2016
Region(s) : Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West
Language(s) : French, English

October 31, 2016 - Opening date for the Development program for selective balancing round of funding. - Closing date will be November 15, 2016
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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