Industry advisories

COVID-19 Update (March 19, 2020)

Although our offices are closed for the time being, Telefilm remains committed to the success of the audiovisual industry and its creators. Our staff have been properly equipped to work remotely and they remain available. Daily operations continue without interruption while we close out the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Telefilm Canada continues...

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COVID-19 update: Telefilm Canada employees will work remotely until further notice

At Telefilm Canada, the health and safety of our employees is paramount. As such, in line with Canada's public health officials, and our own business continuity plan, we wish to inform all clients, partners, and suppliers that all Telefilm and CMFPA (Canada Media Fund Administration Program) employees in the Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Halifax...

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Advisory Industry – Canada House at SXSW2020 activities cancelled

Following the announcement by festival officials that the SXSW 2020 festival has been cancelled due to concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19), Telefilm Canada is cancelling all activities relating to Canada House.

Please be assured that we are currently in contact with the appropriate parties to determine next steps. Telefilm will be...

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Industry advisory – COVID-19 update

Telefilm Canada takes the health and safety of our clients, partners and employees seriously. As such, we are closely monitoring the current situation with regards to COVID-19. We are closely following recommendations from Public Health Agency Canada and the World Health Organization. Proactive measures are being...

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Statement by Robert Spickler, Chair, Telefilm Canada, on G. Grant Machum’s end of term

Statement by Robert Spickler, Chair, Telefilm Canada

“Yesterday marked the last day of G. Grant Machum’s third term as a member of Telefilm Canada’s Board, on which he served for the last twelve years.

“On behalf of my fellow Board members and employees, I wish to thank Mr. Machum for all that...

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Telefilm Canada unveils its new three-year strategic plan and announces a national consultation on its Success Index

Today, during a speech delivered at the 2020 edition of Prime Time in Ottawa organized by the CMPA, Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, announced two important initiatives: a new strategic plan, and a Pan-Canadian consultation regarding an update of the Success Index.

New Strategic Plan

In order to ensure that Telefilm...

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A new identity for the Canada Pavilion

Telefilm Canada is pleased to inform its clients that the Canada Pavilion will be redesigned for 2020. The new concept will first be rolled out at MIPTV, the Cannes Film Market, MIFA, Sunny Side of the Doc and MIPCOM and then extend to all other international events during 2021.

In keeping...

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Update to the Production Program for English-language and French-language feature films

Telefilm Canada wishes to inform its clients of changes made to the Production Program as well as upcoming key dates.

Two application periods for bigger budget French-language projects:

In line with our focus of ensuring predictable financing to the industry, there will now be two application periods per year for French-language projects...

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Updates to the Talent to Watch Program

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 2 to 9, 2020.

This Program, formerly known as the Micro-Budget Program, aims to support a diverse array of emerging...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes Jeremy Spry as National Director to the Canada Media Fund Program Administration team

Today, Telefilm Canada warmly welcomes Jeremy Spry as National Director, Canada Media Fund Program Administrator. Mr. Spry will lead a team of professionals across the country who administer the television and digital media funding programs on behalf of the Canada Media Fund.

Previously, Mr. Spry was VP of Business Affairs and Executive producer at DATSIT SPHERE...

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Telefilm Canada’s Annual Public Assembly: speeches now available online

DECEMBER 10, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Telefilm Canada held its Annual Public Assembly at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The corporation presented key information from the 2018-2019 fiscal, as well as an overview of its achievements for the year.

Speeches by G. Grant Machum, Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation...

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Telefilm Canada welcomes two new members to its executive leadership team

October 29, 2019 – Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that René Bourdages has been named Senior Director, Cultural Portfolio Management and Marie-Claude Lavigne has been named Director, Government & Public Affairs. Mr. Bourdages will join the organization as of December 2, 2019 and will be based in Montreal and...

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Updates to the Theatrical Documentary Program

October 28, 2019 – Telefilm Canada would like to share updates made to the Theatrical Documentary Program for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

Key dates

  • Opening date: November 25, 2019
  • Closing date: December 9, 2019

New this year

Telefilm's financial participation has increased to $150,000 (from $125,000) for a maximum of 49% of the Canadian budget.

The...

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Telefilm Canada releases its 2018-2019 annual report

Montréal, September 12, 2019 — Today, Telefilm Canada has made its annual report for the 2018-2019 fiscal year public.

Telefilm will hold its annual public assembly in November 2019, where members of its executive leadership team will discuss results, successes, as well as priorities going forward. Details to follow.

The report can...

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Changes to the evaluation criteria in the selection of the film to represent Canada in the race to the Best International Film Oscar

We have heard the recent comments from the industry following last week’s advisory announcing changes to the admissibility criteria for the selection of the film to represent Canada in the race for the Best International Film Oscar. We understand the need for Telefilm to proceed to a more robust consultation...

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Changes to eligibility criteria for the selection of a Canadian film for the Academy Award for Best International Feature Film

Toronto/Montréal, July 25, 2019 – Telefilm Canada has updated the eligibility criteria for films submitted to represent Canada in the race for the Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign Language Film) category at the 2020 Oscars.

The goal of these changes is to ensure that the Selection Committee puts forth the...

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Telefilm Canada-supported coproductions receive funding from Eurimages

Toronto/ Montréal, July 15, 2019 – Three Telefilm­-supported projects were awarded financing at the 155th Eurimages Board of Management meeting, held in Geneva on June 28. A total of €898,000 was given between the three films.

Recipients of the funding were:

Saules aveugles, femme endormie (Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman)

Animation film

Awarded: €430,000

Director and...

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Company filmographies and scores can now be accessed via Dialogue

Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that, starting June 27, 2019, clients have access to their company filmographies and scores via the Dialogue platform.

To ensure the accuracy of the data, please check the information in your company’s filmographies. In order to do this, you must first have a Dialogue account.

Please...

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Telefilm Canada to Fund Three French-Language Feature Film Projects

Telefilm Canada has announced that it is investing $1.3 million in the production of three feature films in Quebec. The three projects are a perfect illustration of local creativity and talent and offer a fantasy drama for young audiences, a psychological drama for adults, and a hilarious comedy for the...

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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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