Production program

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

Who can apply

Canadian production companies in search of financing for the production and/or post-production stage of their feature film project(s). 

Objectives and Guiding Principles 

The guiding principles of the Production program are:  

  • To support feature films that will speak to Canadian and international audiences, and that will bring both cultural impact and audience engagement. Telefilm seeks to fund films that will build and contribute to our Canadian cultural legacy. 
  • To support filmmakers with strong sensibilities and perspectives who will bring original voices and approaches and will advance cinematic expression.  
  • To support emerging and established filmmakers in advancing their artistic career through ambitious and impactful films.  
  • To support greater equity and representation in storytelling, that reflects gender parity and diversity from various communities including Indigenous, Black and People of Colour as well as members of LGBTQ2+ communities and People with Disabilities from all regions of the country. 
  • To support Indigenous content that is produced by creators who are Indigenous and/or have engaged in meaningful research, collaboration, and cooperation with Indigenous communities impacted by their projects. 
  • To support creative teams who are from underrepresented communities or who have engaged in meaningful research, collaboration, and cooperation with underrepresented communities, where films are dealing with the experiences of those communities. 

Telefilm is launching the 2021-2022 program guidelines before the current pan-Canadian consultations are completed in the interest of supporting the industry and producers who require financing for upcoming production. Current changes reflect the ongoing feedback from the consultations and may be updated once the consultation process is completed.  

Applicants may submit their projects any time during the program’s opening period. (See Key Dates below.)

Eligibility requirements 

Please consult the Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements. 

All applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • be a Canadian  controlled corporation 
  • have its head office in Canada and carry out its activities in Canada 
  • operate as an audiovisual production company 
  • producers and other key members of the production team must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (unless the project is an audiovisual treaty coproduction) 

All projects must meet the following criteria: 

  • be feature length (at least 75 minutes long), fictional, and be produced or completed in French, English or an Indigenous language 
  • be aimed primarily at the Canadian theatrical market while maximizing distribution on alternate platforms 
  • be under the ownership of the Canadian applicant(s) 
  • have its copyright owned by Canadians (unless the project is an audiovisual treaty coproduction) 
  • be under the financial, creative and distribution control of the eligible applicant(s) 
  • be solely written and directed by Canadian citizens or permanent residents (unless the project is an audiovisual treaty coproduction) 
  • have a budget of no less than $250,000 
  • if a post-production application, be submitted following rough assembly and prior to picture-lock 
  • Englishlanguage project budgeted at 3.5M or more:the project must have a firm commitment from an eligible Canadian distribution company for theatrical release in Canada within one year of delivery 
  • French-Language projects budgeted at $2.5M or more: the project must have a firm commitment from an eligible Canadian distribution company for theatrical release in Canada within one year of delivery
  • Indigenous stream: Telefilm will set aside funding for projects by Canadian filmmakers from Indigenous communities. These projects will be assessed by an external jury selection committee having Indigenous representation. Applicant companies applying for funding under this Stream will have to show that: 
    • at least 51% of the project’s copyright is held by a production company majority-owned and controlled by Indigenous persons;  
    • the project is under the financial and creative control of Indigenous persons; 
    • two of the three key members of the creative team (producer, director or screenwriter) are Indigenous. 

Evaluation and Decision-making 

Please consult the Guidelines, and the Essential Information Guide for details. 

Advisory committees composed of external and internal experts will evaluate the projects based on the evaluation criteria described below and submit their recommendations to Telefilm. Each advisory committee will use an evaluation grid to score and rank eligible projects. 

Evaluation criteria: 

    • Creative Elements including the originality, quality and production-readiness of the script, and the director’s vision for the film (for production applications) or the quality of the footage and potential of the film to reach audiences (for post-production applications) 
    • Track record of the Key Creative Personnel (Producer(s), Director and Screenwriter) 
    • Project Viability including the financial feasibility and creative viability of the project 
    • Cultural Impact and Audience Reach Potential 
    • If the project is an Audiovisual Treaty Coproduction, Telefilm will also assess the investment optimization, capacity-building and visibility and promotion of Canada’s audio-visual industry. 

The decision-making will also take into account Telefilm’s objective to foster a diversity of voices in the industry, ensuring Telefilm funds a balanced portfolio of productions reflecting a variety of genres, budget and company sizes, regions across the country, and different viewpoints. To that effect, Telefilm may notably prioritize projects whose key creatives (director and/or screenwriter and/or producer) self-identify as Racialized Persons (including, but not limited to, Black and People of Colour), Indigenous, Women, and members of Official Language Minority Communities 

For more information, see the Guidelines, and the Essential Information Guide below. 

Latest updates

February 4, 2021

UPDATED GUIDELINES

A new version of the Production Program guidelines is now available. 

February 4, 2021

UPDATED DOCUMENTATION

New versions of the Essential Information Guide, the List of Required Documents, the Filmography, the Declaration regarding Indigenous Projects and the Summary of Audience Reach/Promotional Strategy are now available. 

 

Program applications must be submitted online.

 

Key Dates

Opening date
February 23, 2021

Production program – English Market
Budgets under $2.5M

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Closing date
March 23, 2021, 11 pm EST

Production program – English Market
Budgets under $2.5M

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Note IT support is only available until 5 pm EST

Opening date
February 23, 2021

Production program – English Market
Budgets of $2.5M and higher

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Closing date
March 30, 2021, 11 pm EST

Production program – English Market
Budgets $2.5M and higher

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Note IT support is only available until 5 pm EST

Opening date
April 15, 2021

Production program – French Market
Budgets under $2.5M

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Closing date
April 29, 2021

Production program – French Market
Budgets under $2.5M

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Note IT support is only available until 5 pm EST

Opening date
February 23, 2021

Production program – French Market
Budgets $2.5M and higher

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Closing date
March 10, 2021, 11 pm EST

Production program – French Market
Budgets $2.5M and higher

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region

Note IT support is only available until 5 pm EST
Please note that the opening dates for French-Language projects budgeted at less than $2.5M will be announced this spring.

Opening date
February 23, 2021

Production program – Indigenous Stream
All budget levels

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language(s): French, English, Indigenous languages

 

Closing date
March 23, 2021, 11 pm EST

Production program – Indigenous Stream
All budget levels

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language: English, French, Indigenous languages

Note IT support is only available until 5 pm EST

Opening date
February 23, 2021

Production program –Audiovisual Treaty Coproductions With a Majority Canadian Coproducer
All budget levels

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language(s): French, English, Indigenous languages

*Subject to availability of funds.
**Please contact your Feature Film Executive before applying

Closing date
September 30, 2021, 11 pm EST

Production program –Audiovisual Treaty Coproductions With a Majority Canadian Coproducer
All budget levels

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language: English, French, Indigenous languages

*Subject to availability of funds.
**Please contact your Feature Film Executive before applying 

Note IT support is only available until 5 pm EST

Opening date
Year round

Audiovisual Treaty Coproductions with a Minority Canadian Coproducer 

Regions: Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario and Nunavut, Western region
Language: English, French, Indigenous languages

Budget: all budget levels

*Subject to availability of funds.
**Please contact your Feature Film Executive before applying 

Contact persons

Atlantic & Quebec

Raluca Tuturman

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

Carmela Sciortino

Phone : 438-469-1257
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

Lead, Inclusion Initiatives and Content Analyst

Ayesha Husain

Phone :  647-475-4914
Toll free : 1-800-463-4607

Inclusion Initiatives Advisor and Content Analyst, French Market

Hager Namly

Phone :  438-469-1178
Toll free : 1-800-463-4607

If you are applying to the Indigenous stream for the first time, or have questions about the Indigenous jury process, please contact info@telefilm.ca.