Talent to Watch program

This program supports the production, digital distribution and promotion of a first feature-length film or other format of narrative-based audiovisual content made specifically for online distribution.

Who can apply

The Talent Fund-supported Talent to Watch Program (formerly Micro-Budget Production Program) finances emerging content creators who are recent alumni of a partner educational institution, active members of partner cooperatives or recent participants of partner film festival incubator initiative, or who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival. The program also provides automatic funding to projects directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that has won a prize at a recognized film festival.

Overview of the program

The Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Web Projects from Emerging Filmmakers aims to support emerging filmmakers, accelerate their career development, and to allow them to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.

The maximum contribution amount through this program is $150,000 for feature films and $125,000 for narrative-based projects of over 75 minutes.

Support under this Program is provided through three separate streams: the Selective Stream, the Festival Selection Stream and the Fast Track Stream.

Note: Telefilm Canada would like to advise its clients that web series will not be eligible under this Program starting next fiscal, 2021-2022.

Selective stream:

Financing will be given to projects chosen among those recommended by designated industry partners for each component of the Program (see full list of partners in documents below). The different components are:

  • Main component
  • Indigenous component
  • Official-Language Minority Communities (OLMC) component

Festival Selection Stream:

Financing will be given to projects chosen among submitted films directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival (see the list of recognized film festivals in documents below). Funding under this stream is not automatic.

Fast Track Stream for first feature films by selected emerging directors:

Automatic financing will be given to projects directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that has won a prize at a recognized film festival (see the list of recognized film festivals in documents below).

Overview of eligibility requirements

The main eligibility criteria under all three streams is:

  • Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent: they must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film  but cannot have previously held the same key position in a feature length film.

Additional eligibility criteria apply to each separate stream. Please consult the guidelines for the complete description of the eligibility criteria under this Program.

2021-2022 Financing Framework for projects supported between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2021

For the 2021-2022 fiscal year, Telefilm will be focusing resources on supporting Talent to Watch projects which were negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Projects which have received Talent to Watch funding between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2021 are eligible to apply for an increase to the Telefilm contribution of their project, covering costs associated with the pandemic and enabling them to proceed to production and/or completion of their project.

For more information, please refer to the 2021-2022 Financing Framework below.

Latest updates

June 10, 2021

Financing Framework for 2021-2022

The 2021-2022 Financing Framework for projects supported between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2021 is now available.

February 24, 2020

Updated List of Designated Partners

A new version of the Talent to Watch List of Designated Partners is now available.

January 24, 2020

Updated FAQs

A new version of the Talent to Watch Frequently Asked Questions is now available.

Key dates

Dates to submit an application
June 10 to July 9, 2021
Financing Framework for 2021-2022

From June 10, 2021 to July 9, 2021: Applicants must contact the Business Affairs Analyst in charge of their file to request a top-up.

 

The Talent to Watch regular program opening and closing dates will be announce in the fall of 2021 for fiscal 2022-2023.

Contact persons

Atlantic

Antoinette Duré

Phone : 438-469-1169
Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

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

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.

Partners

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