Development program

This program supports Canadian production companies looking to finance the development stage of their feature film project(s).

Who can apply

Canadian production companies in search of financing for the development stage of their feature film project(s).

Overview of the program

  • Eligible applicants may submit their project or portfolio of projects at any time during the program’s opening period
  • For the most part, financing will be attributed automatically based on the total score of the applicant
  • Existing clients can now access the funding amounts available to them, should they be eligible, directly  online
  • Automatic round financing:
    • open to clients who are eligible to apply, but have not yet achieved a scoropen to clients who are eligible to apply for one or more eligible projects
    • in addition, eligible clients may also submit projects from five targeted groups, namely women, members of Aboriginal and official minority communities, and emerging talent. However, decisions to support targeted group projects are on a selective basis
  • Selective round financing:
    • open to clients who are eligible to apply, but have not yet achieved a score

Overview of eligibility requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a Canadian controlled corporation, with its head office in Canada and carry out its activities in Canada
  • operate as a feature film production company
  • have produced at least one Canadian fiction feature film or documentary with a theatrical release in the last five years
  • have produced a film funded by Telefilm as part of the Micro-budget Production Program distributed in theaters or on one or more digital platforms in Canada over the past five years
  • key members of the development team must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents

Please consult the Guidelines below for specific eligibility requirements.

Reminder: As the Automatic round closes September 28, Telefilm encourages all eligible candidates to apply as early as possible to ensure funds are available.  Please note that if a company is eligible for Automatic it is not eligible for Selective.  An applicant may only apply to the stream for which they are eligible.

Recent updates

July 4, 2017

Changes to the Program

  • The Program is now open to creators who have previously produced a theatrically released documentary and to production companies who have produced a film under the Micro-Budget Production Program.
  • In addition, production companies submitting women-led projects (projects written in French, English or Indigenous by a female writer and developed with a female producer) now have access to additional funds.
  • Please note that production companies wishing to submit projects under the women’s targeted group, Telefilm will favour those whose portfolio submitted under the Automatic stream already demonstrates gender diversity with respect to the screenwriter.
July 4, 2017

New support available for creators from British Columbia

Thanks to a joint initiative with Creative BC, production companies from British Columbia who receive less than $30,000 in development funding from Telefilm may receive for a top-up amount from Creative BC to reach $30,000 in total funding available to the producer. Funds are available on a first come, first served basis until the fund is depleted.

June 28, 2017

Updated documents

New versions of the Development Program guidelines, FAQ, list of required documents, final cost report and standard template are now available.

Key dates

Opening of the Automatic stream
18 juin 2018

Before submitting an application, new clients must ensure to have a Dialogue account, and existing clients must transfer their eTelefilm account onto Dialogue.

New date for the opening of the Selective stream
November 13, 2018

Before submitting an application, new clients must ensure to have a Dialogue account, and existing clients must transfer their eTelefilm account onto Dialogue.

New date for the closing of the Selective stream
November 26, 2018

IMPORTANT: the closing date of the Selective stream has been changed following the modification of the opening date. No applications will be accepted after November 26, 2018.

Program applications must be submitted online.

Contact persons

Atlantic

Farran Baird

Phone : 647-475-4861
Toll free :  1-800-567-0890

Quebec

Isabelle Picard

Phone : 438-469-1243
Toll free :  1-800-567-0890

Carmela Sciortino

Phone : 438-469-1257
Toll free :  1-800-567-0890

Ontario and Nunavut

Farran Baird

Phone : 647-475-4861
Toll free :  1-800-567-0890

Western

Randall Fox

Phone : 778-309-1772
Toll free :  1-800-567-0890

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