News releases

14 Days 12 Nights by writer Marie Vien and director Jean-Philippe Duval to represent Canada in the race for Best International Feature Film at the 2021 Oscars

Montreal, December 19, 2020—Following yesterday’s announcement, Telefilm Canada confirms that 14 Days 12 Nights by director Jean-Philippe Duval, an original idea and screenplay by Marie Vien and by producer Antonello Cozzolino will represent Canada in the race for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, taking...

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Funny Boy changes submission for the 2021 Oscars®

The film to be submitted for consideration in Best Picture and general entry categories

December 18, 2020 –Telefilm has been informed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that Funny Boy, by cowriter-director Deepa Mehta, does not meet the Academy’s eligibility requirements for the International Feature Film category due...

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Funny Boy by Deepa Mehta to represent Canada in the race for Best International Feature Film at the 2021 Oscars

Montréal, October 29, 2020 — Funny Boy by cowriter-director Deepa Mehta will represent Canada in the race for Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, taking place on April 25, 2021.

“Eleven outstanding films were submitted this year, and we are confident that Deepa Mehta’s Funny Boy will appeal to Academy members just as her...

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CBC and Telefilm Canada announce the exclusive world broadcast premiere of Deepa Mehta’s new film Funny Boy on CBC and CBC Gem, December 4

Funded by Telefilm Canada and CBC Films, the feature is based on the best-selling novel by Shyam Selvadurai about a young boy’s sexual awakening in Sri Lanka during the turbulent Tamil-Sinhalese conflict

 

October 27, 2020 - As part of the national public broadcaster’s commitment to bring Canadian film to...

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Telefilm Canada joins Netflix, the National Bank and Canada Media Fund as a major partner of the Fabienne Colas Foundation’s Being Black In Canada Program


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Montreal, October 20, 2020 - The Fabienne Colas Foundation is proud to announce Telefilm Canada as a major partner of the Being Black in Canada Program - Canada’s largest mentorship, training, and creation program entirely dedicated to Black filmmakers. By offering its strong support, Telefilm Canada...

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Telefilm Canada Pledges Financial Support Towards Creation of a Black Screen Office in Canada

Telefilm Canada supports calls for the creation of a Black Screen Office and has committed to investing $100,000 annually. The pledge was made on Monday during a meeting with filmmakers from the Black community who have called for the creation of a dedicated bureau.

“Telefilm supports the formation of an institution...

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Press Release – Telefilm Canada announces the funding of 20 English-language feature films

Telefilm Canada supports the production of 20 English-language feature films from across Canada with a total investment of over $7 million. Fifty per cent of the projects selected are directed and written by women.

This year, Telefilm received and processed 136 applications under the Production Program for English-language projects with budgets of $2.5 million and below. French-language feature films under this stream were previously 

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Telefilm Canada welcomes 16 filmmaking teams and projects selected for 2020-2021 Talent to Watch Program

Sixteen projects representing some of Canada’s strongest new voices from coast to coast to coast

Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund are pleased to announce the 2020 projects selected under the Talent to Watch Program, with a total of 16 first feature films and narrative web projects to...

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Telefilm Canada Supports the Creation of 10 Indigenous Feature Films

Toronto/ Montréal, August 12th, 2020 – Telefilm Canada announces the support of 10 Indigenous feature films with an annual $4 million dedicated to funding Indigenous creators through the Indigenous Stream. The selection of these projects presents an array of genres from drama to thriller, science-fiction and documentary, with three of...

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Telefilm Canada releases latest gender parity statistics for funded feature film productions

Over the past three years, Telefilm has seen an ongoing and significant increase in overall funding for women creators

Montréal, July 23, 2020 – Telefilm Canada has released the results of its gender-parity initiatives for projects funded during the 2019-20 fiscal year. The statistics show continued growth in Telefilm funding...

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Telefilm Canada’s Commitment to an Equitable Screen-Based Industry

At Telefilm Canada, we are firmly committed to creating a more representative film community, inclusive of Black, Indigenous, People of Colour creators as well as filmmakers from additional underrepresented communities and identities. That starts with addressing the systemic racism that has existed within organizations like our own.

While we have made...

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Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund welcome Phase 2 of Emergency Relief Funding for Canada’s Audiovisual Sector

MONTRÉAL / TORONTO, July 7, 2020 – Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault today announced that an additional $27.8 million in funding has been designated for Canada’s audiovisual sector as part of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations. Administered by Telefilm...

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Telefilm Canada to fund the production of six French-language feature films

Montreal, May 29, 2020 – Telefilm Canada is providing nearly $8 million in funding for six French-language feature films. The projects selected reflect gender parity and represent several genres and themes. Telefilm Canada fosters and encourages the development of the Canadian audiovisual industry through its financial support.

“The current context has...

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The Canada Media Fund and Telefilm Canada welcome emergency funding to support Canada’s film, television, and digital media industries

The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada welcome the measures announced today by Minister Steven Guilbeault, to direct emergency funding specifically to Canada’s screen-based industries. Following Prime Minister Trudeau’s previous announcement of $500M to establish a COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, the Government of...

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Telefilm Canada announces the production of 15 feature documentaries in English and French, more than half of which are directed by women

Toronto/Montréal, 28 April  2020—Telefilm Canada has announced the 15 English and French-language documentary feature films supported by the Theatrical Documentary Program, with funding totalling $2.1 million. This year, more than half of the selected projects are directed by women.

Through this program, Telefilm Canada encourages the production of high-quality feature-length...

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Message from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, in Celebration of National Canadian Film Day

Today marks National Canadian Film Day, a cross-country celebration of our rich, diverse cinema. The stories we tell from coast to coast to coast offer an array of perspectives, voices, and insights. Telefilm is proud to support this important initiative again this year, in a new virtual format in this...

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MADE | NOUS Launches on the Apple TV App to Spotlight Canadian Content in Time for National Canadian Film Day

April 21, 2020 – Montréal/Toronto – In celebration of National Canadian Film Day on April 22, Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund are proud to launch the MADE | NOUS collection on the Apple TV app featuring hundreds of Canadian films available to stream, rent or purchase. The collection...

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Twenty-Four Film Distribution Companies Come Together to Spotlight Canadian Films in Celebration of National Canadian Film Day

Montréal/Toronto, April 20, 2020 – Twenty-four Canadian film distribution companies across the country have joined forces to spotlight Canadian films for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their own home and participate in National Canadian Film Day on April 22, 2020.

Telefilm Canada is proud to provide support to this...

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Official Statement from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, on the announcement of an emergency response fund for the arts, culture and sport

Today, the Government of Canada announced a $500 million emergency response fund to help Canadians working in arts, culture and sport.

“Now more than ever, the arts and culture play a pivotal role in our daily lives. In this vein, we look forward to continuing our discussions with Heritage Canada to...

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Eleven Indigenous Film Projects Receive Development Funding from Telefilm Canada

Selections represent Indigenous Stream’s inaugural Development funding decisions

Montréal/Toronto – The inaugural round of projects set to receive Development funding from Telefilm Canada’s Indigenous Stream have been selected. The lineup represents an array of established and emerging voices from Indigenous talent across six provinces. Films selected include both English and French-language...

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Canada House returns south of the border for SXSW

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

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Expanded venue brings five days of Canadian-focused programming and entertainment to Austin scene

Canada House, powered by Telefilm Canada, is bringing...

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Statement from Christa Dickenson, Executive Director, on the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review Panel Final Report

“Telefilm Canada congratulates Ms. Janet Yale and the members of the panel on this important work. Today’s recommendations are the culmination of a great amount of effort and conversations, and they seek to give Canadian content creators modernized tools to face the future.

“Telefilm has supported the development of Canada’s screen-based...

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Canada Celebrates the Power and Beauty of Diversity at MIP

Toronto/Montréal, October 10, 2019 – The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada are teaming up once again to feature a series of events at MIPJunior and MIPCOM, taking place in Cannes from October 12 to 17. The two funding organizations are bringing together a group of Canadian producers to...

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Antigone by Sophie Deraspe to represent Canada in the race for Best International Feature Film at the 2020 Oscars

Montréal, September 20, 2019Antigone by writer-director Sophie Deraspe will represent Canada in the race for Best International Feature Film (formerly Best Foreign Language Film) at the 92nd Academy Awards ceremony, taking place February 9, 2020.

“We are extremely proud of the calibre and quality of the 16 films submitted...

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Birks and Telefilm Canada Announce This Year’s Recipients of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film

Montréal/Toronto, August 22, 2019Birks , the official jewelry sponsor of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Telefilm Canada today announced the honourees for the annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film. The Tribute, taking place on Wednesday, September 4 at a luncheon at the Four...

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Telefilm Canada releases update on gender parity initiatives

Increase in overall funding for female directors, producers, and screenwriters, working towards 2020 parity goal

Toronto/ Montréal, August 1st, 2019 – Telefilm Canada has released the results of its gender parity initiatives for projects funded during the 2018/2019 fiscal year.  Overall, there has been an increase in funding for projects with women...

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Telefilm Canada puts Canadian talent in the spotlight at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto, July 31, 2019 – From September 5 - 15, 2019, Telefilm Canada is placing Canadian talent front and centre at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. With a variety of industry initiatives, panels, and events, Telefilm is positioning Canadian talent in the best possible spot to showcase their skills...

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Telefilm Canada funds production of 12 French-language feature films, half of which are directed or scripted by women

Montréal, July 24, 2019 – Telefilm is providing funding to 12 French-language feature films for a total of $16 million. From action, to more intimate stories, to social comedy, the selected projects represent a wide variety of genres and subject matter.

“Movie-lovers will be delighted, because there are films for all tastes...

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Telefilm Canada supports eight Indigenous feature films

Toronto/ Montréal, June 27, 2019 – Telefilm Canada is investing more than $4 million in feature films by writers, directors and producers from Indigenous communities. Highly diverse in terms of genre, this lineup is also notable for near gender parity, with three projects helmed by women. Also of note, one of...

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A diverse and inclusive cohort of talent selected under the Talent to Watch Program

Regional, cultural and gender diverse, the selection of projects from the Talent to Watch Program is reaching new heights

Toronto/Montréal, June 12, 2019 – Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund are pleased to announce the 2019 English- and French-language projects selected under the Talent to Watch Program with a total of...

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