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.

International events cancellations:

  • Following the announcement by Reed MIDEM that MIPTV 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), Telefilm Canada is cancelling all activities at the Canada Pavilion.
  • Following the announcement by Austin city officials that SXSW 2020 has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), Telefilm Canada is cancelling all activities relating to Canada House.
  • The UK edition of the Canada Now tour, set to run April 22-26 in London, has been postponed until further notice
  • Following the announcement by festival officials that the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and Marché du Film will be postponed, Telefilm Canada is postponing the Canadian Pavilion and onsite activities accordingly. No new date has been announced at this time.

National events cancellations & postponements:

  • Carrousel de Rimouski – March 23 to April 5 – cancelled
  • Festival Cinéma du Monde de Sherbrooke – April 2 to 9 – postponed
  • Festival Vues d’Afrique – April 17 to 26 – now online
  • Calgary Underground Film Festival – April 20 – postponed
  • Congrès annuel de l’AQPM – April 21 to 22  – cancelled
  • Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival – April 22 to 26 – postponed
  • Toronto Screenwriting Conference – April 25 to 26 – cancelled
  • Hot Docs – April 30 to May 10 – now online
  • Animation Festival of Halifax – May 7 to  9 – postponed
  • NorthwestFest 2020 – May 7 to 16 – postponed
  • DOXA Documentary Film Festival – May 7 to 17 – postponed
  • Screen Nova Scotia Awards Gala – May 14 – postponed
  • Inside Out Toronto – May 21 to 31 – postponed to October 1-11
  • Gala Québec Cinéma – June 7 – cancelled
  • Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival – June 10 to 13 – postponed
  • Banff World Media Festival 2020 – June 14-17 – cancelled

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.

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.

We ask that you contact your analyst or coordinator via email before sending any courier or postal deliveries so that we can direct your package appropriately and ensure its delivery is safeguarded.

We ask that all payments be done by direct deposit, as much as possible.

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

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.

We understand that these are extraordinary circumstances beyond anyone’s control and are currently evaluating. Please contact the Promotion Program lead assigned to your file. If you are rescheduling, please include the anticipated new dates and plan when you are able.

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.

Productions and Project financing

Several important dates have been announced, and we will continue to monitor the situation to ensure that our clients are supported during these challenging times. Please check Telefilm’s website and industry advisories for any changes to the program deadlines/opening and closing dates for the 2020-2021 fiscal year

To receive updates, we recommend signing up via our newsletter, which can be done so at: https://telefilm.ca/en/newsletter-sign-up.

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.

Marketing Program recipients should reach out to their National Feature Film Executive to report theatrical releases affected by cinema shutdowns,  as well as let them know once there are new distribution arrangements.

We understand that these are extraordinary circumstances beyond anyone’s control and that theatres have been ordered to close.

Please contact your regional feature film executive with details of your proposal and we will evaluate.

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.

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

Distributors and Exhibitors

We understand that theatres across the country have been devastatingly impacted by the closures caused by COVID-19. Telefilm is taking measures to support those involved in the theatrical exhibition process and will update when we are able.

International Industry Reactions

Response varies country by country.

View what some countries are doing here.

Coproductions

Telefilm expects that international coproductions will be severely impacted by COVID-19, given the complexity of coproduction agreements and their financial structure. Main foreign administrative partners have also relocated temporarily online and communicate on a regular basis with the coproduction team at Telefilm.

For the most up-to-date news regarding Eurimages and their schedule, please consult the Eurimages website.

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

Indigenous Liaison

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