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Theatrical Documentary Program
English-language production component

Telefilm Canada, CBC Television and the Rogers Group of Funds are delighted to announce five feature-length documentary proposals have been short listed to receive production funds; two of the five projects will be selected for financing. Telefilm, CBC and Rogers partnered on this pilot program in early spring 2005, and twenty-three interesting proposals were received nationally at the November 1, 2005 deadline.

The successful selected projects are intended for first-run Canadian theatrical releases, which will be promoted on CBC Television. Following the theatrical run, the projects will have a premiere broadcast on CBC Television.

The next step in the process will provide the five finalists with the opportunity in early February 2006 to meet with the decision panel comprised of Robin Mirsky-Daniels (Rogers), Jerry McIntosh (CBC), Ralph Holt (Telefilm) and Michael Kennedy (Cineplex Entertainment), to further present their proposals.

Two documentary films will then be selected to receive $625,000 each for the production of their feature-length documentary. The final decisions will be announced shortly thereafter.

An Iceberg’s Journey… From Glacier to Ginza Morag Loves Company Lynne Wilson & Bart Simpson Barbara Doran Barbara Doran Atlantic
27 Stuart Samuels Productions Brad Fox & Sandra Cunningham Stuart Samuels Stuart Samuels Ontario/Nunavut
Global Metal Banger Productions Inc. Scot McFadyen,
Sam Dunn &
Noah Segal
Scot McFadyen & Sam Dunn Scot McFadyen & Sam Dunn Ontario/Nunavut
Nixon in China Amérimage Productions & National Film Board of Canada Patricia Phillips & Gerry Flahive Shelley Saywell Shelley Saywell Ontario/Nunavut
Paul Watson – Eco-Pirate Screen Siren Pictures Patricia Dolman & Leah Mallen Patricia Dolman Patricia Dolman & Kristian Olsen Western

As part of the 2005/06 pilot documentary program, Telefilm Canada also administers the completion component. This stream is open to proposals from both emerging and established documentary filmmakers. Five to eight documentaries will be selected for completion financing.

Applications to the completion component are presently being accepted across the country and may be submitted to the appropriate regional office.

Eligibility criteria, guidelines and application forms for the Theatrical Documentary Program (production and completion) are available on Telefilm Canada's Website.

Guidelines for the production component are also available at