Reopening Fund – Open Access Stream

The  Open Access Stream aims to support  Canadian film festivals across the country that will be held in-person or in a hybrid format and that are not eligible to access Reopening Funds under the Limited Edition or the General Admission Streams. 

Who can apply

Canadian festivals  who are not eligible under: the Limited Edition Stream or the General Admission Stream, may apply under this Open Access Stream if they meet the eligibility criteria. 

All applicants must meet the following criteria:   

  • be Canadian-controlled companies operating in the film, television or digital media sectors   
  • have their head office in Canada and operate in Canada   
  • be in need of funding for business continuity and to safeguard jobs.   

All festivals must meet the following criteria: 

  • be aimed at the general public   
  • take place over a minimum 2 consecutive days in the same city or regional municipality  between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 
  • have been held at least once in their current format in the last 3 years or can demonstrate ability to deliver the current format 
  • be held in-person or in a hybrid format   
  • have not received any other reopening funds from Telefilm under any other stream or program for the edition for which they seek funding 

Festivals that applied to the General Admission Stream and were refused will be automatically considered for funding under this Stream, without needing to submit a separate application, and will be given priority access.   

  • Further, festivals whose previous and current edition include a minimum of 15% of Canadian Works their programming will be given priority access. 

Festivals must comply with all applicable municipal, provincial and federal public health measures to protect the health and safety of participants, contributors, employees and other organizers, where applicable.   

All Applicants are encouraged to consult Public Health Canada’s Risk Mitigation Tool for Gathering and Events Operating During the COVID-19 Pandemic for event planners.  

For full eligibility criteria, see the guidelines below.   

Latest updates

April 26, 2022

NEW GUIDELINES, ESSENTIAL INFORMATION GUIDE AND OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

A new version of the Guidelines, the Essential Information Guide and other supporting documents are now available.

November 3, 2021

Reopening Fund - Open Access Stream Guidelines - now available

Reopening Fund – Open Access Stream

November 3, 2021

Reopening Fund - Open Access Stream Essential Information Guide - now available

Reopening Fund – Open Access Stream

Key Dates

Opening Date
May 9, 2022, 8 AM EST

For festivals held July 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

The program will open on May 9, 2022, 8 AM EST.

Note: IT support is only available until 5 pm EST.

Closing Date
May 19, 2022, 11:59 PM EST

For festivals held July 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

The program will close on May 19, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.

Note: IT support is only available until 5 pm EST.

 

Opening Date
January 30, 2023, 8 AM EST

For festivals held April 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023

The program will open on January 30, 2023, 8 AM EST.

Note: IT support is only available until 5 pm EST.

Closing Date
February 9, 2023, 11:59 PM EST

For festivals held April 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023

The program will close on February 9, 2023, 11:59 PM EST.

Note: IT support is only available until 5 pm EST.

Contact persons

Any questions can be sent to:

For any question regarding enrolment: enr@telefilm.ca

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