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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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APFC, Netflix (Lead Partner), Telefilm Canada, and the Canada Media Fund launch a professional development program like no other in the country

Ottawa, June 9, 2019 ­ The Alliance des producteurs francophones du Canada (APFC) and Netflix, lead partner, are very pleased to partner with Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund in launching the first-ever Professional Development Program in Film and Television for francophone producers and creators in minority...

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Christine Magee, one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, Named Chair of the Talent Fund’s Advisory Committee

Mrs. Magee replaces outgoing Chair Hartley T. Richardson

Toronto, December 17, 2018 – Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund are pleased to welcome longstanding Advisory Committee member Christine Magee as the new Chair of the Talent Fund.

Ms. Magee, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Sleep Country Canada, is one of Canada’s most successful...

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Landmark Canadian film The Red Violin turns 20: Anniversary screening with live orchestra to be held at the National Arts Centre

Sold out evening hosted by the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism

Toronto/Montréal, December 10, 2018 – A special screening of The Red Violin to mark the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of the internationally acclaimed Canadian film will take place December 11, 2018 in Ottawa. The Ottawa...

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Five successful filmmakers honoured by Telefilm Canada

Montréal, November 1st, 2018 — Telefilm Canada is pleased to announce that director and co-writer Émile Gaudreault and co-writers Sébastien Ravary and Eric K. Boulianne are winners of the 2017 Guichet d’or award for their film De père en flic 2, and that to co-directors Éric Warin and Éric Summer (also co-writer) are...

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Canadian producers at the top of global showbiz success discuss their innovative business models

Toronto and Montreal, October 12, 2018 — The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, in partnership with CBC/Radio-Canada, are featuring an inspiring group of Canadians who lead some of Canada’s major production companies at this year’s MIPCOM, taking place from October 15 to 18 in Cannes. They will take...

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Sophie Dupuis’s Chien de garde to represent Canada in the race for the 2019 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Montréal, September 19, 2018 — Director Sophie Dupuis’s Chien de garde will represent Canada in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards, to be held on February 24, 2019. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada, announced its decision today.

“Canadian...

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Canadian Talent Sparkles at the Sixth Annual Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film

·    A total of six honourees will be recognized: one director, two actresses, one screenwriter and two emerging talent
·    All honourees will receive a cash award from Birks

Montreal/Toronto, August 20, 2018Birks and Telefilm Canada today announced the honourees for the sixth annual...

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Rendezvous with Canada at the Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto, August 2, 2018 – From September 6 - 16, 2018, Telefilm Canada will spotlight Canadian talent at the Toronto International Film Festival. New this year, Telefilm is organizing a TIFF Industry Breakfast in collaboration with imagineNATIVE to discuss national and international financing opportunities for Indigenous content. What’s more, to...

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Telefilm Canada announces support of four Indigenous feature films

Toronto, July 5, 2018 – Telefilm Canada invests more than $3 million in four Indigenous feature films with directors, writers and producers from seven Indigenous nations.

"Telefilm Canada is committed to supporting creative storytelling that puts diversity at the forefront as we work to achieve a financing portfolio that better represents...

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