COVID-19 updates

Visit this page for the latest COVID-19 updates regarding our programs and activities.

We take the health and safety of our clients, partners and employees seriously. As such, we are closely monitoring the current situation with regards to COVID-19. We are closely following recommendations from Public Health Agency Canada and the World Health Organization.

The success of Canada’s screen-based industries and its creators is at the heart of Telefilm’s operations. We are closely monitoring the potential short and long-term impacts on our sector both domestically and internationally.

Proactive measures:

Proactive measures are being taken to ensure that our daily operations are not impacted or disrupted.

  1. Telefilm and the CMFPA (Canada Media Fund Administration Program)’s physical offices will therefore be closed starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020 until further notice. Employees in the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax offices will work remotely using established cloud-based services (such as Dialogue and Skype). We are working to minimize any and all impacts that this may have on our operations.
  2. An internal working group has been established to focus on possible long-lasting repercussions and develop immediate actions.
  3. Along with partners, associations, guilds, and industry stakeholders, we will work towards a course of action going forward.

Latest updates – September 25, 2020

The Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions (STCF) is a temporary measure administered by Telefilm Canada along with the Canada Media Fund which will aim to help alleviate the voids left by the lack of insurance coverage for audiovisual productions interrupted or abandoned due to COVID-19.

The announcement from Canadian Heritage can be viewed here.

Several stages must be taken by the federal government before this new fund is officially launched. Meanwhile, Telefilm teams are working to get the necessary steps in place.

Key guidelines will be available on our website, and we will communicate more details as soon as possible.

Updates as of July 29, 2020

The Guidelines for Phase 2 of Telefilm’s COVID-19 Emergency Relief Funds for the Audiovisual training and development partners and movie theatres are now online.

Programs will be accepting requests starting on August 17, 2020.

The programs’ Essential Information guides from Phase 2 of Telefilm’s COVID-19 emergency relief funds will be available soon.

Exploitation or Gross Sales Reports for the period ending June 30, 2020

There will be no accrual of interest on any amount due pursuant to a financing agreement for the months of July and August 2020.

Exploitation or gross sales reports, as well as their amounts due for the period ending on June 30, 2020, continue to be due in accordance with their deadline of August 15. Defaults and payments are postponed without interest until August 31, 2020 for reports or amounts not received during this period. The accrual of interest will resume as of September 1, 2020, in accordance with our financing agreements. Learn more here.

 

Updates – as of June 18, 2020

The application period for the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation closed on Friday, June 12. The allocations of relief funds will be dispersed in the form of electronic payments by direct deposit. Please consult your Dialogue account for updates.

For details on the top-up for underrepresented communities, please click here.

For details on the top-up for regional companies, please click here.

Details for the top-ups reserved for affected Telefilm productions will be released shortly in the form of an industry advisory.

Questions can be sent to covid-19@telefilm.ca

May 12, 2020 Updates: 

SUSPENSION OF DEFAULT MEASURES

Telefilm has extended the suspension the application of default measures until June 30, 2020, where such default is the direct result of COVID-19.

PRODUCTION PROGRAMS

Following a deadline extension for the English, French and Indigenous projects with budgets under $2.5M, the application period has now closed.

For English-language projects with budgets over $2.5M, Telefilm is aware that some national-level applications may be impacted or delayed by COVID-19. We will continually assess the delays that the industry is experiencing in relation to this budget level, so that we can anticipate demand and evaluate between submitted and pending applications. For projects facing delays caused by COVID-19, please contact your National Feature Film Executive to advise of the status and potential timeline of your project. Telefilm maintains a rolling deadline for English projects with a budget over $2.5M.

MARKETING PROGRAM

Requests to waive theatrical releases can be made.  Project financing will evaluate case-by-case whether the proposed marketing strategy is appropriate and acceptable. Please contact your Feature Film Executive for more details.

For films released by eligible distributors between January 1 and September 1, 2020:

  • Eligible administration fees have been increased to 20%, up to a maximum of $30K
  • The first $50K of the MG is recoupable alone in first tier, independently of the production budget level
  • The next recoupment tier will be shared 75% (distributor)/25% (Telefilm), instead of 50/50

For projects affected by these COVID measures, please contact Catherine Kunz in the English market, and Isabelle Picard in the French market.

PROMOTIONAL PROGRAM

The launch of the pilot Promotion Program – General Admission Stream has been postponed until Spring 2021.

The current Promotion Program will begin receiving applications for existing Telefilm Promotion Program clients only beginning Monday, May 25, 2020. The Promotion Program will close on Monday, November 30, 2020 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

FAQ

We encourage you to regularly check our website for updates. Important changes will be communicated to clients as quickly as possible. You can also subscribe to receive our industry advisories and/or press releases here.

All in-person meetings will now be done via teleconference or will be rescheduled.

Payments must be done by direct deposit. The payment information in order to proceed with a direct deposit is available in Dialogue when paying an invoice.

Connect to your Dialogue account and click on the “Actions” button and start the “Telefilm Canada Payment” process, or the “Canada Media Fund Payment” process.

If you do not have an invoice pending, or if you want to reimburse an advance in development, please contact conf-recou@telefilm.ca. We will send you the information to proceed with the direct deposit.

Once your direct deposit has been completed, please send an email conf-recou@telefilm.ca and the analyst responsible for your application to notify us of your payment. Please include the total amount of the payment, the invoices you are paying, and the application number of your file(s), if applicable.

Should you have any questions, issues completing a direct deposit or cancelling a cheque, please contact conf-recou@telefilm.ca.

If you have already sent a cheque and it has not cleared as of April 1, we ask that you put a stop payment on those cheques and do a direct deposit instead. Once mail delivery and normal operations resume, Telefilm will return all cheques received during this period.

The pan-Canadian industry consultations on the revised Success Index are postponed. Further details to follow.

COVID-19 Relief Funding for the Audiovisual Sector

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support cultural, heritage and sport organizations, please click here.

The purpose of Phase 2 funding is to provide relief to those who were not able to access Phase 1. Phase 2 funding will be allocated in a way which complements—not duplicates—other measures for which screen industry workers and companies are eligible.

Please see the latest updates and industry advisories to be informed of updates to eligibility criteria. You can subscribe to them at https://telefilm.ca/en/newsletter-sign-up.

Productions and Project financing

Following a deadline extension for the English, French and Indigenous projects with budgets under $2.5M, the application period has now closed.

For English-language projects with budgets over $2.5M, Telefilm is aware that some national-level applications may be impacted or delayed by COVID-19. We will continually assess the delays that the industry is experiencing in relation to this budget level, so that we can anticipate demand and evaluate between submitted and pending applications. For projects facing delays caused by COVID-19, please contact your National Feature Film Executive to advise of the status and potential timeline of your project. Telefilm maintains a rolling deadline for English projects with a budget over $2.5M.

We understand that these are extraordinary circumstances beyond anyone’s control.  Production Program recipients should reach out to their Regional and National Feature Film Executive with a detailed status of their production, including a cost report, specific impacts and a proposed updated production plan (with anticipated revised production and delivery dates, if available).

We will review every active project file affected by production delays and will show adequate flexibility based on project status and cost report.

Telefilm is working on an action plan regarding incurred costs, even if the project has been cancelled. We will be in touch once these plans are finalized.

The health and safety of everyone working on production sets is a top priority for Telefilm Canada. We strongly encourage all members of a production to follow the directives of Health Canada and their local public health agencies in order to limit the spread of the virus and to protect their health and the health of those around them.

If applicable, check with your union or guild representative about best recommended practices.

Producers are encouraged to consult the CMPA and AQPM recommendations.

Requests to waive theatrical releases can be made.  Project financing will evaluate case by case whether the proposed marketing strategy is appropriate and acceptable.

In the English market, Catherine Kunz will be the main analyst and resource for the files affected by these COVID measures.  For the French market, it will be Isabelle Picard.

Requests to waive theatrical releases can be made.  Project financing will evaluate case-by-case whether the proposed marketing strategy is appropriate and acceptable. Please contact your Feature Film Executive for more details.

For films released by eligible distributors between January 1 and September 1, 2020:

  • Eligible administration fees have been increased to 20%, up to a maximum of $30K
  • The first $50K of the MG is recoupable alone in first tier, independently of the production budget level
  • The next recoupment tier will be shared 75% (distributor)/25% (Telefilm), instead of 50/50

For projects affected by these COVID measures, please contact Catherine Kunz in the English market, and Isabelle Picard in the French market.

Please reach out to your local Regional Feature Film Executive for projects with a budget of $2.5M or less or your National Feature Film Executive for projects with budgets of $2.5M or more. See list below.

No. While Telefilm offices are closed:

  • Only submit electronic documents to fulfill conditions of your contract.
  • Provide a free access link without an expiry date to one of the digital platforms on which the Project is distributed (with closed captioning and described video, and subtitling into the other official language)
  • Postpone delivery of the 4 professional-quality DVD copies (or equivalent) of the final Project until the reopening of Telefilm’s offices
  • Please contact your Business Affairs Analyst

Talent to Watch

Telefilm is closely monitoring projects currently in our pipeline, and we strongly encourage you to reach out to your recommending partner organizations, or Telefilm Regional Feature Film Executive with any questions or concerns regarding your production. The success of our Talent to Watch creators, like all creators in our industry, is at the heart of Telefilm’s operations. Telefilm will work with teams impacted by any production delays, or who foresee changes to their production schedule. We are in close contact with our industry partners across the country while we develop immediate actions. We will share with clients as soon as we can.

We also encourage you to consult Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, as well as the information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19.

Please contact you Regional Feature Film Executive, we will review every active project file affected by the delays.

We will review every active project file affected by production delays and will show adequate flexibility based on project status and cost report.

No. While Telefilm offices are closed:

  • Only submit electronic documents to fulfill conditions of your contract.
  • Provide a free access link without an expiry date to one of the digital platforms on which the Project is distributed (with closed captioning and described video, and subtitling into the other official language)
  • Postpone delivery of the 4 professional-quality DVD copies (or equivalent) of the final Project until the reopening of Telefilm’s offices
  • Please contact your Business Affairs Analyst

Due to COVID-19 closures, the Talent Fund is currently not receiving mail. Please consider an online donation or wait until normal operations resume to mail in your contribution. Or you may contact us at donations-dons@telefilm.ca.

Distributors and Exhibitors

International Industry Reactions

Response varies country by country.

View what some countries are doing here.

Coproductions

Telefilm expects that international coproductions will also be affected by COVID-19, in particular due to travel issues: the closing of borders and reduced transportation constrain filming in other countries or regions. Furthermore, our main administrative partners abroad are also temporarily working remotely and are in regular contact with Telefilm’s coproduction team.

The application deadlines for projects remain the same. However, in order to assist producers, Eurimages has also introduced special measures. To find out more, go to the Eurimages website. https://www.coe.int/en/web/eurimages/-/breaking-news

Festivals / Promotion

We strongly recommend that you regularly check Government of Canada travel advisories, and to adhere to any directives. As per the official global travel advisory currently in place, all Canadians are being asked to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada until further notice. Please do not hesitate to contact your Telefilm representative if you have any questions relating to festivals.

Festivals and initiatives financed in the 2019-2020 fiscal year that have been cancelled or postponed by COVID-19 will not be required to reimburse funds received.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to consult Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, as well as the information for Canadian Heritage grants and contributions recipients related to COVID-19.

The launch of the pilot Promotion Program – General Admission Stream has been postponed until Spring 2021.

The current Promotion Program will begin receiving applications for existing Telefilm Promotion Program clients only beginning Monday, May 25, 2020. The Promotion Program will close on Monday, November 30, 2020 for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

International events cancellations:

  • Given the uncertainty of future events due to COVID-19, Telefilm Canada wishes to inform the industry that it will not take part in the on-site editions of MIPCOM and MIPJUNIOR currently planned and will focus its efforts online. More details of our participation will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Locarno Film Festival 2020 has been cancelled due to Swiss government restrictions and concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

National events cancellations & postponements:

  • Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival – June 10 to 13 – postponed
  • Banff World Media Festival 2020 – June 14-17 – cancelled
  • Gimli Film Festival – July 22 – 26 – now online

Telefilm staff continue to be fully operational and available. We take your needs very seriously, especially during these unprecedented circumstances. Do not hesitate to contact your Telefilm representative should you have any questions or concerns.

We thank you for your patience and understanding and wish you the best in these difficult times.

For more information on the COVID-19 and the security measures put in place by the government, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Regional Feature Film Executives

Atlantic

Lori McCurdy

Phone : (902) 334-1365
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Ontario & Nunavut

Dan Lyon

Phone : (647) 475-4880
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

English Market - Quebec Region

Peggy Lainis

Phone : (438) 469-1197
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

West

Lauren Davis

Phone : (778) 309-1764
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Lead, Indigenous Initiatives

Adam Garnet Jones

Phone : (647) 475-4904
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

National Feature Film Executives

English Market

Stephanie Azam

Phone : (647) 475-4859
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

French Market

Marie-France Godbout

Phone : (438) 469-1181
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890
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