News releases

G. Grant Machum appointed Vice-Chair of Telefilm Canada’s Board

Montreal, March 22, 2017—Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that G. Grant Machum, Chair of the Nominating, Evaluation and Governance Committee, has been named Vice-Chair of its Board. Mr. Machum replaces Elise Orenstein, whose mandate ended in December 2016.

“We are delighted with this nomination,” said Michel Roy, Telefilm Canada’s Chair....

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Canadian actress Karine Vanasse named Talent Fund ambassador

Montreal, March 13, 2017—The Talent Fund, a private donation fund that supports Canada’s emerging film talent, is pleased to announce that award-winning actress Karine Vanasse, a film and TV star in Canada and the United States (Cardinal, Polytechnique, Emporte-moi, Blue Moon, Pan Am, Revenge), has been named ambassador. Ms....

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As it turns 50, Telefilm Canada pays tribute to Canadian talent and salutes its partners

Telefilm has funded close to 6 200 productions and invested $3.3 billion since 1967

Montreal, March 2, 2017—On March 3, 1967, the Canadian Film Development Corporation Act was passed in Ottawa, establishing the organization now known as Telefilm Canada. Telefilm has played a key role in the evolution of Canada’s industry as the...

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Telefilm Canada increases feature film production and marketing financing for Indigenous talent to $4 million annually

Montreal, February 7, 2017—Following its announcement of November 11, 2016 regarding gender parity measures for feature film production financing, Telefilm Canada is now pleased to announce a concrete initiative, also developed in collaboration with the industry, to provide increased support for Indigenous filmmakers. Most notably, as of April 2017,...

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Telefilm Canada partners on innovative initiatives to help Canadians celebrate great Canadian cinema anywhere, anytime

Montreal, January 24, 2017—It’s never been easier to discover and re-discover great Canadian feature films! In honour of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation and Telefilm Canada’s upcoming 50th anniversary, Telefilm and its partners are launching multiplatform “discoverability” initiatives to promote English- and French-language Canadian movies featuring the country’s brightest...

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Telefilm Canada congratulates the Canadian talent nominated for an Oscar

Montreal, January 24, 2017—“On behalf of everyone at Telefilm Canada, I’d like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all of this year’s Canadian Oscar nominees. This recognition of Canadian talent and creativity shines brightly on the world stage,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada.

“Over the last 50 years, Telefilm...

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Canadian cinema a hot ticket at the 2017 Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Canadian women directors behind four of seven selected films: Nelly by Anne Émond, Pays by Chloé Robichaud, Gun Runners by Anjali Nayar and KONELĪNE: our land beautiful by Nettie Wild
  • Canada talent in attendance to include: directors Xavier Dolan, Anne Émond, Chloé Robichaud and Nettie Wild

Montreal, December 22, 2016—Canadian cinema will...

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Telefilm Canada holds Annual Public Assembly in Vancouver under the theme Celebrating 50 years of talent
  • Telefilm highlights recently announced measures to achieve gender parity in production financing by 2020
  • Focus on emerging talent through the Talent Fund-supported Micro-Budget Production Program: 15 first projects funded in 2015-2016, and 55 funded since the Program’s launch
  • Spotlight on Western Canadian talent: Suzanne Crocker (All the Time in the World), Ann...
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Telefilm Canada announces, in partnership with the industry, gender parity measures for feature film production financing

Montreal, November 11, 2016—Following its announcement of September 8, 2016—to build, by 2020, a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects Canada’s population—Telefilm Canada, as a first step, is pleased to reveal its gender parity measures for feature film production financing, developed in collaboration with the industry....

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Telefilm Canada releases audience study, results reveal two key viewer segments for Canadian film and television

Toronto, November 2, 2016—Telefilm Canada released a new study, entitled Understand and Engage with Audiences, at the Playback Marketing Summit. The study, commissioned by Telefilm and partners the Canada Media Fund, Creative BC, the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), was...

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MIPCOM 2016: Canadian talent and know-how beyond our borders

Montreal and Toronto, October 13, 2016 — Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) are inviting the talent behind the productions Cardinal, Fatale-Station and Versailles—talent whose expertise and creativity shine on the international scene—to participate in MIPCOM 2016 from October 17 to 20 in Cannes. They will take part in...

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Innovative Canadian children’s productions showcased in Cannes

Toronto/Montréal, October 11, 2016 – Three innovative Canadian children’s productions will take centre stage at MIPJunior, a leading international showcase for kid’s programming, bringing together in Cannes the world’s most influential buyers, sellers and producers of children’s content. The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada have...

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Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World to represent Canada in race for 2017 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Montreal, September 23, 2016 – Director Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde), a Canada majority coproduction with France, will represent Canada for consideration as a possible nominee in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 89th Academy Awards, to be held on...

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Telefilm Canada feature film portfolio to better reflect country’s greatest asset—the diversity of its people

Montreal, September 8, 2016—Telefilm Canada today announced its goal to build, by 2020, a representative and diversified feature film portfolio that better reflects Canada’s population. With a focus on how it can enhance existing diversity initiatives, Telefilm has set for itself the following objective:

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Telefilm Canada showcases Canadian talent at the Toronto International Film Festival

Telefilm’s Carolle Brabant to participate in TIFF Industry Conference panel Women at the Helm (September 10)

Toronto, August 3, 2016—Telefilm Canada is showcasing Canadian talent at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a celebration of film that brings together filmmakers and movie lovers in one festive event...

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The next generation of Canadian talent headed to the 73rd Venice International Film Festival

Montreal, July 28, 2016  Four emerging Canadian filmmakers will present their first feature films at the 73rd Venice International Film Festival, which will be held from August 31 to September 10 in Italy. Maudite poutine (Metafilms) by Karl Lemieux will premiere in the competitive section Horizon, while...

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Telefilm Canada and Birks pay tribute to 12 Canadian women in film at the 2016 Birks Diamond Tribute during TIFF
  • For the first time, the Birks Diamond Tribute is honouring women scriptwriters, in addition to actors and directors
  • The largest jury to date, made up of 20 journalists and bloggers covering arts, culture and entertainment

Montreal, July 27, 2016—For a fourth year in a row, Telefilm Canada and Birks,...

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Telefilm Canada funds production of three French-language films for total investment of $1.4 million

Two films directed by emerging women filmmakers

Montreal, July 12, 2016—Telefilm Canada is funding the production, through the Canada Feature Film Fund, of three French-language films for a total of $1.4 million. The funded projects are two films directed by emerging women filmmakers—Toujours ensemble, by Sophie Dupuis, and Pour...

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Telefilm Canada announces 18 Micro-Budget Production Program finalists for 2016-2017

Talent Fund financing 77% of the Program this year

Montreal, June 16, 2016—Telefilm Canada today announced the 18 finalists, representing all regions of the country, for the Micro-Budget Production Program for 2016-2017. Telefilm also announced that the Talent Fund, a private donation fund, is financing 77% of...

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Canada showcases animation expertise at MIFA

Toronto/Montreal, June 7, 2016—Canada’s animation industry will have unprecedented exposure at this year’s edition of the International Animation Film Market (MIFA), June 15 to 17, part of the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, France, where 45 Canadian production companies will showcase the quality and diversity of...

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Official Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, on the success of director Xavier Dolan at the 69th Cannes Film Festival

Montreal, May 22, 2016 — “On behalf of Telefilm Canada and myself, I want to heartily congratulate Xavier Dolan for winning over the jury and the public with the film It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) at the Cannes Film...

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Telefilm Canada funds the production of 17 French-language films for a total of more than $17 million

Starring, among others, Claude Legault, Roy Dupuis, Antoine-Olivier Pilon, Sophie Nélisse, Élodie Bouchez, Lucie Laurier, Patrick Bruel, Denise Filiatrault and Céline Bonnier

Montreal, April 26, 2016 — Telefilm Canada is providing financial support, through the Canada Feature Film Fund, to 17 Canadian French-language films for a total...

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Women filmmakers in the spotlight as Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds announce their support of six homegrown theatrical documentaries

Including documentaries by Academy Award-winning director Brigitte Berman, acclaimed writer-directors Jennifer Baichwal, Julie Lambert and Ann Shin, and veteran producers Trish Dolman and Betsy Carson

Montreal, April 26, 2016—Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds are pleased to announce the latest Canadian English-language and French-language feature-length documentaries to receive funding...

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Spotlight on a selection of Canadian talent en route to the 69th Festival de Cannes

Montréal, April 22, 2016 - Telefilm Canada applauds all the Canadian talent responsible for the success of the four films that will represent Canada at the 69th Festival de Cannes, taking place May 11-22. Juste la fin monde by Xavier Dolan has been selected for the Official...

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Canadian VR technology and content take centre stage in Cannes

Projects featured by Canada include Liquid Cinema,Time Machine VR and The Unknown Photographer

Toronto/Montreal, March 29, 2016—Three innovative Canadian virtual reality (VR) productions will share the spotlight at this year’s MIPTV, the world’s leading television and digital content market, taking place in Cannes between April...

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Telefilm Canada presents 2015 Guichet d’or Award to the directors and writers of La Guerre des Tuques 3D

Montréal, March 22, 2016 – This morning at the Musée Grévin Montréal, Telefilm Canada honoured La Guerre des Tuques 3D (Snowtime!) with the 2015 Guichet d’or, presented to directors Jean-François Pouliot and François Brisson and screenwriters Normand Canac-Marquis and Paul Risacher for the French-language Canadian feature with...

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Telefilm Canada presents 2015 Golden Box Office Award to Emma Donoghue, Canadian screenwriter of the feature film Room

Toronto, March 14, 2016 – Today at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, Telefilm Canada presented its sixth Golden Box Office Award to Canadian writer and screenwriter Emma Donoghue for the Canada-Ireland coproduction Room. Room was among the top-performing Canadian English-language feature films at the box office in ...

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Canadian talent in the spotlight at 3rd annual celebration in Los Angeles, An Evening with Canada’s Stars
  • Adam Beach, Lyriq Bent and Emmanuelle Chriqui to appear as presenters
  • Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara to receive Academy’s Legacy Award
  • Academy Awards and Canadian Screen Awards nominees in attendance
  • Canadian stars to include Amanda Crew, Tricia Helfer, Greyston Holt, Jonathan Keltz, Sarah Rafferty, Maxim Roy, Anna Silk, David...
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Official statement by Michel Roy, Chair of Telefilm Canada, following revelations concerning filmmaker Claude Jutra

Montreal, February 17, 2016—In light of recent revelations concerning filmmaker Claude Jutra’s past, Michel Roy states that “Telefilm Canada will continue to support Québec Cinéma, as it renames its annual gala in honour of Quebec film, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, as it ...

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Telefilm Canada holds Annual Public Assembly in Ottawa under theme Talent without Borders

New ‘audience first’ campaign with The Hive; Telefilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada to partner on a new online channel to showcase first features

Ottawa, February 5, 2016—Telefilm Canada held its Annual Public Assembly this morning as part of the CMPA’s annual Prime...

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