Theatrical documentary program

This program, in partnership with Rogers Group of Funds, supports Canadian production companies looking to finance feature-length documentary projects in production and post-production.

Who can apply

Canadian production companies in search of financing for their feature-length documentary projects in production and post-production.

Overview of the program

All projects submitted under this program will be evaluated through the lens of reaching Telefilm’s objective of obtaining a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects gender, cultural diversity and Canada’s Indigenous communities. The first step in attaining this objective will be to prioritize projects directed or written by women to ensure that we reach our 2020 goal of a portfolio that reflects gender parity while continuing to champion and support the works of Indigenous creators and members of communities representing Canada’s cultural diversity.

  • Eligible projects will be evaluated on their overall creative merit, relevance and accessibility to theatrical audiences, as well as the potential of the project to succeed at the box office
  • Broadcaster-affiliated production companies are eligible to apply with projects in the English market only

Overview of eligibility requirements

All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • be a Canadian controlled corporation, with its head office in Canada and carry out its activities in Canada
  • producers and other key members of the production team must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents

 All projects must meet the following criteria:

  • be a feature length documentary film targeted primarily at Canadian theatrical audiences
  • must be either in English, French, or an Aboriginal language
  • must be directed by a Canadian citizen
  • must have a firm commitment from an eligible Canadian distribution company

Please consult the guidelines for specific eligibility requirements.

Recent update

July 4, 2017 - to date

Addendum to the guidelines

Changes to the Theatrical Production Program

This program is now closed.

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Contact persons


Vanessa Manco

Toll free : 1-800-463-4607


Isabelle Picard

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Carmela Sciortino

Toll free : 1-800-567-0890

Ontario & Nunavut

Vanessa Manco

Toll free : 1-800-463-4607


Deb Patz

Toll free : 1-800-663-7771