Industry advisories

Telefilm Canada announces key dates and details on the Production Program

February 4, 2021 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform its clients of the publication of new guidelines for the Production Program and announce opening dates.

Telefilm is publishing the 2021-2022 program guidelines before the current pan-Canadian consultations are completed in the interest of supporting the industry and producers who require...

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Update on initiatives to support Black Creators in Canada

In honour of Black History Month, we join many Canadians from coast to coast to coast in celebrating the dynamic array of Black voices and perspectives that can be found across the country.

As part of our ongoing commitment to supporting an equitable screen-based industry, we would like to take a...

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New Audiovisual Coproduction Treaty between Canada and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

February 1, 2021 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that the new Audiovisual Coproduction Treaty between the Government of Canada and the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg, signed on April 19, 2017, will be in effect as of February 1, 2021.

This new Treaty, which aims to provide a modernized framework...

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Speeches from Telefilm Canada’s Annual Public Assembly are now available

January 22, 2021 – Telefilm Canada held a virtual Annual Public Assembly on Thursday, January 21, 2021, which can be viewed online. During the meeting, key executives presented progress and accomplishments from the 2019-2020 fiscal, as well as look ahead into the modernization of the organization moving forward.

Speeches given...

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Coproduction Treaty between Canada and Ukraine

December 21, 2020 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that the audiovisual coproduction treaty between Canada and Ukraine, signed on July 2, 2019, will be in effect as of January 1, 2021.

Ukraine is Canada’s 58th coproduction partner country.

Over the last 10 years, Canada administered over 620 coproduction projects with...

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Telefilm announces details on the Participation in International Festivals and Events Support Program

Telefilm Canada would like to inform its clients of the opening date of the Participation in International Festivals and Events Support Program, as well as the changes made to it during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Key dates:

  • Opening date: January 12, 2021
  • Closing date: March 12, 2021

In keeping with the Government of Canada's...

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Telefilm announces details on the Theatrical Documentary Program

Telefilm Canada would like to inform its clients of to the publication of the new guidelines of the Theatrical Documentary Program along with important dates to note.

Key dates:

  • Opening date: February 10, 2021
  • Closing date: February 26, 2021

The Indigenous stream of the program will be opened at the same time as the...

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Coproduction Recommendation Applications: End of Brexit Transition Period on December 31, 2020
December 11, 2020 – Telefilm Canada wishes to update its clients on coproduction recommendation applications following the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020. Any clients who have, or wish to, submit a coproduction for recommendation with European Union and United Kingdom participants, are asked to read the...
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Telefilm Canada welcomes four new employees

December 3, 2020 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to welcome four new employees to the Project Financing, Business Affairs, and Senior Management teams.

These four positions were created as part of Telefilm Canada’s Equity and Representation Action Plan. Launched in July, the continuous goal of the Action Plan...

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Telefilm Canada announces terms and conditions and application deadline for the 2020-2021 Theatrical Exhibition Program

The Telefilm Canada Theatrical Exhibition Program is designed to support the exhibition of Canadian films in Canadian theatres.

For eligibility criteria, required documents, and guidelines, please visit the Theatrical Exhibition Program page.

Important dates:

  • Opening date: December 1, 2020
  • Closing date: February 2, 2021

New this year:

  • Telefilm will provide an additional $10,000 in financing...
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COVID-19 Update: Telefilm Canada suspends physical presence at international events for the rest of this fiscal year

Employees to remain working remotely

 

November 18, 2020 – In light of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, Telefilm Canada would like to inform clients that we have suspended our physical presence at international festivals and markets, including the Canada Pavilion, for the remainder of this fiscal year ending...

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Telefilm Canada releases its 2019-2020 annual report and announces its virtual annual public assembly

Toronto/Montréal, November 2, 2020 —The 2019-2020 annual report for Telefilm Canada is now available.

On January 21, 2021, Telefilm will hold an annual public assembly in a digital format where members of its executive leadership team will discuss results as well as priorities going forward. More details to follow.

The report can be...

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Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions: Details and criteria online

The Government of Canada recently announced the creation of the Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions (STCF). This temporary measure is put in place to minimize the consequences of the void created by the lack of insurance coverage for interruptions in filming and the abandonment...

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Industry Advisory: Reopening of Phase 2 – Movie Theatre Program COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation

October 19, 2020 – Telefilm Canada announces that the COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation will once again be available to all movie theatre exhibitors who have not yet received assistance under this program (Phase 1 or Phase 2), as of Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

New applications can be...

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Documents and notes from the first virtual townhalls forum – now available

As recently announced, Telefilm Canada launched last week the virtual townhall forums for the review of its Success Index.

The first forum was held on Wednesday, September 30, and the theme of the discussions was on the Talent to Watch Program. Please note that the documentation presented at this session...

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Telefilm Canada to administer Short-Term Compensation Fund for Canadian Audiovisual Productions

September 25, 2020 - Telefilm Canada would like to inform you that the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the Honorable Steven Guilbeault, today announced an initiative to compensate for the lack of insurance coverage for audiovisual productions interrupted or abandoned due to COVID-19. The Government of Canada put in place this temporary...

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Telefilm Canada launches pan-Canadian consultation on Success Index

September 18, 2020 - As announced at the beginning of the year, Telefilm Canada is revising the Success Index, first introduced in 2010. To this end, pan-Canadian, inclusive, transparent and open consultations will be held. Telefilm’s goal is to ensure that our financing programs are adapted to the multiple transformations taking...

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KPMG Audit Report for Telefilm Canada’s Production Program Now Available

Telefilm Canada has released KPMG’s report on the audit of the funding process for the English- and French-language components of the Production Program.

The overall objective of the audit was to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of organizational structures, internal controls, and processes related to the allocation and funding process from...

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Phase 2 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation: Companies Have Until Friday To Submit Their Request

Telefilm Canada would like to inform eligible companies that applications for the second phase of COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocationcan be submitted until Friday, September 42020 through Dialogue. Eligibility criteria, essential information guides and guidelines can be accessed 

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Telefilm Canada announces changes to the Success Index and resumes Pan-Canadian consultation

Due to the negative impact of COVID-19 on the Canadian feature film industry, Telefilm Canada is suspending any further use of the Success Index for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. 

The Success Index, which measures commercial, cultural and industrial success, also constitutes

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Telefilm Canada Provides Update on Data Collection

August 17, 2020 – As part of its commitment to an equitable and representative screen-based industry, Telefilm Canada would like to share details on the first steps toward data collection as part of its funding programs.

Beginning today and building on the momentum of the corporate data collection methods implemented...

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Phase 2 COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation: Applications Now Being Accepted Online

August 17, 2020 – Telefilm Canada would like to inform eligible companies  that applications for the second phase of COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund – Telefilm Allocation are now being accepted through Dialogue. Eligibility criteria, essential information guides and guidelines can be accessed here.

The Government of Canada recently unveiled...

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Telefilm Canada Launches Development Program for 2020-2021, including New Stream for Racialized Persons/Visible Minorities
Additional pool of funding will enhance access and opportunity for filmmakers

August 6, 2020, Toronto/Montréal – Telefilm Canada has announced the details and application dates for the 2020-2021 Development Program, including the newly-created Development Stream for Racialized Persons/Visible Minorities. This is an additional investment envelope of $500,000,...

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COVID-19 Update: Exploitation or Gross Sales Reports for the period ending June 30, 2020

July 29, 2020 –  As we continue to experience the impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry, Telefilm Canada would like to inform its clients that there will be no accrual of interest on any amount due pursuant to a financing agreement for the months of July and August...

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Phase 2 of the Emergency Relief Fund: Details and criteria now online for training and development partners, and movie theatres

The Government of Canada recently unveiled the final components of the second and final phase of the Emergency Relief Fund, which included an investment of $1,755,000 and $1,000,000 to be distributed by Telefilm respectively to movie theatres that show Canadian films,  and to audiovisual training and development partners that...

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Telefilm Canada: Special Examination Report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada now available

Telefilm welcomes the conclusions of the Special Examination Report from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG). The OAG concluded that Telefilm had good practices with respect to corporate and operational management, although certain improvements were recommended. According to the OAG, Telefilm's systems and practices examined did...

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Telefilm Canada releases its new Corporate Plan

Telefilm Canada’s 2020-2023 Corporate Plan will ensure the successful implementation of the organization’s strategic priorities. Telefilm has embarked upon this new corporate process, which is rooted in an inclusive approach involving the Executive Leadership Team, managers and employees.

Telefilm will achieve its vision over the next few years through a...

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Official statement – Telefilm Canada launches investigation

Allegations against an employee

Following allegations made against one of its employees, Telefilm Canada management has issued the following statement:

Based on available information, Telefilm Canada has decided to launch an investigation into the allegations of misconduct made against one of its employees. To ensure that the process remains independent, the investigation...

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Official response to BIPOC TV & FILM

In response to the questions posed to Telefilm Canada from BIPOC TV & Film via social media, Telefilm would like to offer the following answers:

How many Black, Indigenous and People of Colour filmmakers and Black, Indigenous and People of Colour-owned production companies have been:

  • Granted funding in the past 5 years?
  • Granted...
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