International Promotion Program

This programformerly 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. 

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.

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 


  • 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 

In keeping with theGovernment of Canada’s Travel Advice and Advisories, urging all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel, Telefilm, the travel expenses remain excluded from eligible costs until further notice. 

Telefilm unequivocally recommends to applicants that any travel outside of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic period must comply with any advice or directive issued by the Government of Canada, including the advice as of today’s date to avoid all non-essential travel outside of Canada. 

Please consult the guidelines below for specific eligibility requirements. 

Latest updates

May 13, 2021


New versions of the guidelines and their annexes, the essential information guide, and the eligible costs matrix are now available. 

December 17, 2020

Addendum, FAQ and Eligible costs matrix

An Addendum to the program Guidelines and new versions of the FAQ and the Eligible costs matrix are now available.

November 29, 2018


A new version of the International Promotion Program (formerly Participation to International Festivals and Events Support Program) is 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


Carmela Sciortino

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


Raluca Tuturman

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

Ontario, Nunavut & West

Lucie Meynial

Phone : 647-475-4870
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Risa Veffer

Phone : 647-475-4899
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

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


Randall Jason Fox

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