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.
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.
Updated List of Designated Partners
A new version of the Talent to Watch List of Designated Partners is now available.
A new version of the Talent to Watch Frequently Asked Questions is now available.
Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Narrative Web Projects from Emerging Talent will accept new project proposals from designated industry partners from March 6 to 13, 2020.
Note: As the pan-Canadian consultations continue, the Talent to Watch application dates and the updated guidelines are delayed, and will be announced in the coming months.
Program applications must be submitted on line.
List of Designated Partners
Frequently Asked Questions
List of Required Documents
List of Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Requirements for Feature Films
Telefilm & Talent Fund Logos
Authorization/revocation of representative with regards to Telefilm
Questionnaire on the independence of the independent auditor
Declarations & affidavits
Distribution Terms & Contracts Requirements
Budgets and Production Financing Requirements
CFFF Outside Readers Policy
Accounting and Reporting Requirements (2016)
Accounting and Reporting Requirements (2016) - Summary of Changes
Accounting and Reporting Requirements (2014)
Accounting and Reporting Requirements (2006)
Ontario, Nunavut & West
If you are applying to the Indigenous stream for the first time, or have questions about the Indigenous jury process, please contact the Content Analyst and Indigenous Liaison below.