International marketing and festival participation program

This program supports Canadian production companies looking to finance the promotion and international marketing of their productions officially selected at an international festival, as well as producers invited to an international coproduction forum.

Who can apply

Canadian companies specializing in the production, distribution, and sales of Canadian films or coproductions officially selected at an international festival supported by the program, as well as Canadian production companies formally invited to take part in an eligible coproduction forum.

Overview of the program

Participation in major festivals abroad creates significant visibility for Canadian films by giving them access to sources of investment and additional distribution and marketing initiatives.

This program complements the pool of our international services and initiatives that are aimed at improving the market preparedness of producers and distributors.

The Festivals and Markets section details all our available services and promotional initiatives.

Overview of eligibility requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a Canadian-owned and controlled company and have its head office in Canada
  • be specialized in the production, distribution, and sales of feature and short films
  • have developed an international marketing plan for their project
  • be able to demonstrate the required expertise to successfully complete their international marketing plan
  • own the right to exploit and benefit to the production within the territories designated in the international marketing plan

OR

  • be a Canadian-controlled company working as a production company and for which one of the producers is invited to present a development project at one of the eligible coproduction markets

All projects must meet the following criteria:

  • must be a Canadian coproduction or feature length film, made available in French, English or in an Aboriginal language, intended for theatrical release in Canada, and selected at one of the international film festivals

OR

  • be a Canadian short film under 30 minutes of duration, made available in French, English or in an Aboriginal language, and selected for a world or international premiere at one of the festivals

Please consult the guidelines below for specific eligibility requirements.

Program applications must be submitted online.

Key date

Application deadline

Completed applications must be submitted at least 3 weeks prior to the opening day of the festival

Region(s): Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, West
Language(s): French, English

Contact persons

Atlantic

Risa Veffer

Toll free : 1-800-463-4607

Quebec

Isabelle Picard

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Carmela Sciortino

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Ontario & Nunavut

Risa Veffer

Toll free : 1-800-463-4607

West

Carrie MacGregor

Toll free : 1-800-663-7771