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CANADA FEATURE FILM FUND – NEW INFORMATION
LOW BUDGET INDEPENDENT FEATURE FILM ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE PROJECTS

In order to allow clients applying to the Low Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program (LIFAP), adequate time to review changes to the 2005/06 Guidelines; the upcoming submission deadline for English-language projects has been changed to FRIDAY, APRIL 29th, 2005. Complete applications will be accepted in each regional office until the end of business day.

What’s Changed?

Please take special note that a significant element has been added to the eligibility criteria (see Section 2 – Eligible Applicants, 2.b.) which stipulates that in order to be eligible, applicants must “have directed and completed at least one independent short drama, non-student film that has been selected for presentation at a minimum of one of the recognized festivals or nominated for a recognized award listed in Schedule II.”

The number of applications received annually to the Low-Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program relative to the monies available continues to increase. In order to preserve the integrity and spirit of the program, and the Corporation’s commitment to support projects of the highest quality, additional evaluation criteria were implemented.

FRENCH-LANGUAGE PROJECTS

What’s Changed?

Telefilm Canada decided to take an asymmetrical approach to the administration of the Low-Budget Independent Feature Film Assistance Program in Quebec (French-language projects), increasing the previous budget cap of financial requests from $750,000 to $1,250,000.

The rationale behind this change was to recognize the financial support already in place in the province of Quebec for low-budget independent filmmakers provided by SODEC. This change serves to harmonize Telefilm Canada’s approach with that of the industry and marketplace.

PRODUCTION PROGRAM OVERSUBSCRIBED

At the April 11, 2005 deadline for English-language feature-film projects, Telefilm Canada offices across the country received an unprecedented number of productions applications, both national and regional. As a result, processing and evaluation times may exceed the 10 weeks noted in Telefilm’s Client Service Charter. Telefilm remains committed to a thorough national comparative process and expects to announce its decisions from the April 11 deadline by end of June.

Clients are advised that the fund is oversubscribed and the rejection rate is anticipated to be high. Information on number of production applications received nationally and regionally vs. available resources will be available on the Telefilm Canada website in the coming weeks.