International Promotion Program

This program, formerly the Participation in international festivals and events support program, offers financial support to Canadian producers, distributors, and sales agents with projects 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 short and feature length films (drama or documentary) or coproductions officially selected at an international festival recognized 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 international 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 services and initiatives that aim at improving the international market preparedness of producers and distributors. 

The Festivals and Markets section details all available services and promotional initiatives offered by Telefilm Canada for markets abroad.

Overview of eligibility requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be specialized in the production, distribution, and sales of an eligible project
  • be a Canadian-owned under the Investment Canada Act and controlled company and have its head office in Canada

All projects must meet the following criteria:

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

OR

  • be a Canadian short film under 30 minutes of duration, made available in French, English or in an Indigenous language, and selected for one of the festivals listed in the annexes of the guidelines 

Telefilm unequivocally recommends to applicants to comply with the Government of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories for any travel outside of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please consult the guidelines below for specific eligibility requirements.

Latest updates

September 24, 2021

UPDATED GUIDELINES AND ANNEXES

New version of the Guidelines and their annexes are now available. 

September 24, 2021

UPDATED ESSENTIAL INFORMATION GUIDE

New version of the Essential Information Guide is now available. 

May 13, 2021

GUIDELINES, ANNEXES, ESSENTIAL INFORMATION GUIDE, AND ELIGIBLE COSTS MATRIX

New versions of the Guidelines and their Annexes, the Essential Information Guide, and the Eligible Costs Matrix are now available. 

Key dates

Opening date
June 14, 2021

The program opens on June 14, 2021, 8 am EST.

Region(s): Atlantic region, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language(s): French, English

Closing date
February 25, 2022

The program will close on February 25, 2022, 5 pm EST, subject to depletion of funds. 

Contact persons

Atlantic

Carmela Sciortino

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

Quebec

Raluca Tuturman

Phone : 438 469-1190
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Ontario, Nunavut & West

Randall Jason Fox

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

Farran Clements

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

West

Randall Jason Fox

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