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Micro-Budget Production Program: Funding of micro-budget projects from emerging filmmakers

The Micro-Budget Production Program aims to stimulate the use of new digital distribution platforms by emerging filmmakers  and to allow these filmmakers to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.

This Program will therefore provide funding for the development, production, digital distribution and promotion of a first feature-length film or other format of narrative-based audiovisual content made specifically for online distribution, written, directed and produced by first-time web content creators. Once completed, the projects must be made available to the public through one or more digital platforms. 

The Talent Fund, a private donation fund that offers strong support to emerging talent, will continue to support the Program, while Technicolor, whose partnership with Telefilm has been renewed, will continue to offer free digital distribution encoding services to the selected projects.

Overview of the main changes to the Program:

Web-content is now an eligible format. These projects from first-time web-content creators must be narrative-based projects specifically created for online distribution and comprised of one or more segments which, in total, are between 10 and 74 minutes in length.

Telefilm has increased its financial contribution by $7,500 per selected project. This additional amount is to be used to cover the cost of a digital marketing and social media expert.

At least 15% of Telefilm’s contribution (excluding the digital expert contribution) must be allocated to promotion and distribution expenses.

All funded projects must be made available, by no later than 18 months after completion, on the Telefilm Canada channel which will be featured the National Film Board of Canada’s paid streaming platform. 

The program is comprised of three different components:

Main component

Aboriginal component

Official-Language Minority Communities (OLMC) component

There is a two-stage application process:

Recommendation Stage:

Prospective creative teams, with their project, must apply to one of the designated partners for this program (see lists below). Designated partners may recommend both a feature film and a narrative-based web project. If a partner is a designated partner for more than one component of the Program, they may recommend a feature length film and/or a narrative-based web project for each of their designated components.

At the end of the Recommendation Stage, Telefilm will issue a letter of invitation to the projects eligible to advance to the Application Stage. These letters of invitation will be communicated to the designated partners.

Application Stage:

For projects invited to apply, the applicant then applies to Telefilm as a corporation using the eTelefilm portal (see List of Required Documents below).

For further information on details of the program, including how to apply, please consult the material provided below: Guidelines, FAQ, Forms, Useful Tools, and Application Deadlines.

Telefilm is pleased to have the support of its designated partners as well as of the following promotional partners: National Film Board of Canada, Technicolor and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival



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

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Guidelines applicable as of February 3, 2016 for the Micro-Budget Production Program

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Submit and track your application online using eTelefilm

List of Required Documents (at time of application to Telefilm)

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Declaration of email address

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Declaration of Canadian Status of Corporation and Corporate Information

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Canadian Content Declaration

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Application Dates

The Micro-Budget Production Program is currently closed for submissions.

Useful Tools

Frequently Asked Questions

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List of Designated Partners - Main component

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List of Designated Partners - Aboriginal component

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List of Designated Partners – OLMC component

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Standard Production Budget Template (Micro-Budget)

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List of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Requirements for Feature Films

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

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Audience Performance Report

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