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 supporting exciting new talent since 2012 and it continues to be the flagship program for launching the next generation of Canadian creators, allowing them to establish their voice and sensibility through a first feature or narrative web series.

For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, Telefilm Canada is expanding the Program’s eligibility criteria as well as the list of designated partners.

Among the changes to the guidelines:

  • Partners may now recommend emerging producers and writers who are not recent alumni. Only the director of the project is required to be a recent alumni from one of the partner’s production programs, an active member of the partner’s film cooperative or, in the case of a film festival partner, has participated in an incubator offered by that festival.
  • All Partners may recommend Indigenous projects that meet the defined criteria.
  • Addition of new designated partners to better reach creators from different parts of Canada.

For full eligibility details, please refer to the Program Guidelines.