Industry advisories

Telefilm Canada offers the following clarification

Montreal, June 10, 2019 – Following the departures of three of the members of the senior leadership on April 30, 2019, Telefilm Canada wishes to inform its clients that an agreement has been concluded with Michel Pradier, Denis Pion, and Roxane Girard to the satisfaction of all parties.

Furthermore, without admission...

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Catherine Émond takes on a new mandate at Telefilm Canada

After closely collaborating with Telefilm Canada’s leadership team during the process that concluded in the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism announcing on May 9, 2019 $7.5 million in new funding to Telefilm Canada in support of Francophone productions in 2019 -2010, Catherine Émond will now undertake a new role.

Over...

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Official statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair of the Board, on the recent appointments to the Board of Telefilm Canada

“As announced by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Robert Spickler, from Montreal, joins Telefilm Canada as Chair. In addition, Karen A. Horcher, CFA, CPA, CGA, from Vancouver, B.C., joins as our newest member.

“With his years of leadership and extensive knowledge of cultural organizations in Quebec and Canada, including...

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Telefilm Canada invites clients to submit applications to the Production Program for francophone projects with budgets of $2.5M or more

Following the announcement by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Telefilm Canada invites its clients to submit applications to the Production Program for francophone projects with budgets of $2.5M and more.

Key dates

Deadline: June 10, 2019

Please note that Telefilm will consider a project’s overall financial viability as part of...

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Sixteen documentaries supported by Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds

Montréal, 24 April  2019—Telefilm Canada, in partnership with the Rogers Group of Funds, announces the 16 English- and French-language documentary feature films supported by the Theatrical Feature-Length Documentary Program, with a funding total of more than $1.6 million.

The goal of the Theatrical Documentary Program is to increase Canadian audiences...

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Ottawa premiere: Edge of the Knife special screening at the Canadian Museum of History

Toronto/Montréal, April 10, 2019 – Yesterday evening, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, hosted the Ottawa premiere of SG̲aawaay Ḵ'uuna (Edge of the Knife), co-directed by Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown, and produced by Jonathan Frantz with the award winning Zacharias Kunuk as Executive Producer.

The Ottawa...

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Newly appointed Dr. Angèle Beausoleil joins Telefilm Canada’s Board of Directors

March 4, 2019 - Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Angèle Beausoleil, Assistant Professor of Business Design and Innovation at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, to the Board.

Dr. Beausoleil is the first Canadian to complete a PhD in Innovation Pedagogy and...

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Telefilm Canada warmly welcomes E.J. Alon as Director, Talent Fund

Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that E.J. Alon has joined the organization as the Director, Talent Fund.

Mr. Alon brings to Telefilm a proven track-record in philanthropy with close to 20 years of experience from across multiple sectors. He is well-acquainted with the film industry, through his time at TIFF...

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Telefilm Canada releases its 2017-2018 annual report

Montréal, January 10, 2019 — Telefilm Canada is today releasing its latest annual report, which, among other things, spotlights Canadian success stories on the international stage.

The report is available online.

  • Audiences in Canada, Germany and the United States discovered a large selection of Canadian films through the RENDEZ-VOUS CANADA promotional boutique...
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The Talent to Watch Program broadens eligibility criteria to welcome more applicants

December 6, 2018 –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 February 18 to 25, 2019.

This program, formerly known as the Micro-Budget Production Program, has been discovering and...

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Newly-renovated Toronto office reopens December 3, 2018

December 3, 2018 – Telefilm Canada wishes to inform all clients that, after extensive renovations to repair damage caused by heavy rainfall in August, all work has been completed and the office has reopened as of today.

For the past several weeks, Toronto employees have maintained business operations in remote...

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Telefilm Canada opens its Export Assistance Program to all films in its financing portfolio

Montréal/Toronto, November 29, 2018 – In an effort to encourage the export of Canadian feature films abroad, Telefilm Canada’s Export Assistance Program is now open to all projects financed by the organization.

In addition to modifications announced earlier this summer, the program is now open to films of all budget...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes Catherine Émond as Director, Public and Government Affairs

November 26, 2018 – Telefilm Canada warmly welcomes Catherine Émond as Director, Public and Government Affairs. Ms. Émond replaces Jean-Claude Mahé, who is retiring from the organization on December 28, 2018.

Ms. Émond comes to Telefilm Canada from Alliance Numérique, where she served as the Executive Director for a little over...

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Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs and former Acting Executive Director, announces retirement

November 22, 2018 – Longstanding senior manager of Telefilm Canada, Jean-Claude Mahé, Director, Public and Governmental Affairs and former Acting Executive Director, is set to retire at the end of this year.

“Jean-Claude Mahé’s contribution to the organization over the last two decades, positioning Telefilm Canada as an invaluable partner in...

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Statement by Christa Dickenson on the death of François Macerola, former Executive Director and Chair of Telefilm Canada (1995-2002)

Montréal, November 8, 2018 – Today, with the death of Mr. Francois Macerola, Canada’s cultural milieu lost a longstanding ally and leader who possessed a unique vision and an innate gift for communications. We pay tribute to him for all that he achieved as head of some of our country’s...

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Renovations in the Toronto office starting October 15, 2018

October 12, 2018 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform all clients that extensive renovations will begin on October 15, 2018 until further notice to repair damage caused by heavy rainfall in August.

During this time, access to the office will be restricted to construction crews. Employees will work remotely...

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Official statement from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, on the subject of the USMCA

October 1st, 2018 – “Telefilm Canada is very pleased that the newly-negotiated US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will retain the cultural exemption clause, ensuring that our cultural products reflect our national identity in all of its diversity – including our two official languages and Indigenous communities.

A leader in coproduction, Canada has signed...

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National Production Program closed

Toronto, September 28, 2018 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform clients that the national Production Program for projects of budgets starting at $2.5M or more is closed due to a high volume of applications currently being evaluated for available funds.

An opening date will be announced soon. Please sign...

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Official statement from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, on the death of Maurice Boucher

“We were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Maurice Boucher, Director of Communications and Marketing at the Canada Media Fund.

“Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund work hand-in-hand every day in support of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Maurice was a great partner and collaborator, and deeply committed...

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Telefilm to partner with Sámi Film Institute and Nunavut Film Development Corporation to foster Indigenous coproduction

Montréal, September 5, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is proud to partner with Sámi Film Institute and Nunavut Film Development Corporation to develop a pilot project to fund an Indigenous coproduction, in the aim of fostering collaboration between the different film communities in the Arctic Circle.

In keeping with the objective of...

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To commercial exhibitors: Theatrical exhibition program reopens September 4, 2018

Toronto/Montreal, August 30, 2018 – Telefilm Canada will reopen its Theatrical Exhibition Program on September 4, 2018. The program aims to encourage commercial exhibitors to increase the visibility of and access to Canadian productions.

Aimed solely at Canadian companies acting as commercial exhibitors, the program provides a financial contribution from Telefilm...

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Telefilm Canada awarded for its digital transformation

Toronto, August 15, 2018 – Last night, Telefilm Canada received the 2018 Digital Transformation Award for the Information System Redesign project, developed jointly with the Canada Media Fund (CMF).

Through this project, Telefilm and the CMF simplified the business processes of both funding organizations, while maintaining the highest levels of diligence,...

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Message from Christa Dickenson on her first day at Telefilm Canada

Dear clients and members of the industry,

Today marks the beginning of the first year of my five-year term at Telefilm Canada. I am delighted to join an organization whose ambition is to see bigger. Supporting the audiovisual industry and promoting its creative talents is an inspiring mission, and I’m pleased...

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Telefilm Canada makes changes to international programs to bolster Canadian film exports and promote homegrown talent on the world stage

Montréal, July 16, 2018 – In the interest of making its processes more flexible and more streamlined, Telefilm Canada has revised its Export Assistance and International Marketing - Participation in International Festivals and Events programs. The changes made to the programs aim to meet the industry’s needs and will enable Telefilm...

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Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee

The Committee will select the film to represent Canada as a potential nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 91st Academy Awards

Montreal, May 31, 2018 —Telefilm Canada invites producers to submit their feature films to the pan-Canadian selection committee for a chance to represent Canada as a...

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Official statement from Telefilm Canada on the passing of Kevin Tierney

It was with great sadness that we learned that Kevin Tierney passed away this weekend.

As a producer, screenwriter, and director, Mr. Tierney was an important figure in Canadian cinema, whose body of work will have a lasting impact on our national cinema. His films resonated, and continue to resonate, with...

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Telefilm Canada names Steve Bates Interim Regional Feature Film Executive – Western Region

May 4, 2018 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform clients that Steve Bates has been named Interim Regional Feature Film Executive – Western Region.

“Steve has been an invaluable member of the feature film team for years and we’ve relied on his insight when managing projects in the Western region....

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Telefilm Canada’s new Theatrical exhibition program opens on May 1st, 2018

Montreal, April 27, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce the opening, for the very first time, of its Theatrical exhibition program.

The program is meant to amplify the visibility and access to Canadian productions by encouraging and rewarding commercial exhibitors that present Canadian films.

Aimed solely at Canadian companies acting...

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Investors in Canada’s creative industries commit to ensuring a safe and respectful work environment for all

Montréal, April 17, 2018 - As investors in Canada’s creative industries, we are committed to working together, alongside our industry partners and stakeholders, towards taking measures that ensure a safe and respectful work environment for all.

Today, we share our common guiding principles that will serve as a basis for our...

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Statement from G. Grant Machum, Acting Chair, Telefilm Canada on the nomination of Catherine Tait

"I welcome Catherine Tait's nomination to the position of President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada.

"Catherine is a leading player in our industry and a passionate and dedicated advocate of Canada's creative industries. Her proven leadership skills driven by a collaborative and visionary approach, in addition to her extensive international experience and...

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