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News releases

Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund unveil the new wave of Canadian talent

45 first feature and narrative web projects selected in the Talent to Watch Program


Toronto/Montréal, June 27, 2018 – Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund announce the first 45 English- and French-language projects selected under the new Talent to Watch Program (formerly known as the Micro-Budget Production Program). In...

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Telefilm Canada warmly welcomes Christa Dickenson as its new Executive Director

Montreal, June 26, 2018 – Telefilm Canada’s Board of Directors is pleased to welcome Christa Dickenson as the organization’s new Executive Director, as announced earlier today by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. Ms. Dickenson’s mandate takes effect on July 30, 2018, for a five year term.

Ms. Dickenson, who...

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Telefilm Canada releases its latest gender parity statistics for feature film production funding

Delegates from 37 European countries to attend announcement event as part of Eurimages in Montréal meeting

Montréal, June 18, 2018 – In conjunction with the 151st Eurimages’ Board of Management meeting, the Council of Europe’s cultural support fund, taking place in Montréal from June 18 to 22, Telefilm Canada is...

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Telefilm Canada funds 10 French-Language Feature Films

Montreal, May 3, 2018 – Telefilm Canada is investing close to $13 million in 10 French-language feature films from Quebec.

"These are very promising projects that will surely reach diverse audiences," said Jean-Claude Mahé, Interim Executive Director, Telefilm Canada. "We are pleased to support these unique works and to contribute to...

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Canadian content fully integrated into MIPTV in Cannes

Toronto/Montreal, April 6, 2018— The Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada and Canadian industry leaders have once again partnered with MIPTV, the world’s premier television market taking place in Cannes between April 9 and 12, to feature Canadian creativity and stories.

This year, the CMF and Telefilm have taken a fully-integrated...

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All eyes on Canada at the Berlin International Film Festival

Country in Focus at the European Film Market (EFM)
17 Canadian films to be screened at the Berlinale

Montréal, February 13, 2018 – Proud of the 17 Canadian films in the line-up at this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, and honoured by its selection as the Country in Focus...

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Jesse Wente appointed Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office

Toronto, January 31, 2018  – Key audiovisual industry organizations announced today the appointment of Jesse Wente as Director of Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, a role he will assume starting February 1, 2018. Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office is an initiative first announced by the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian...

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More than half of the 19 documentaries receiving funding will be produced, directed or written by women

Montréal, December 22, 2017—Telefilm Canada, in partnership with the Rogers Group of Funds, is pleased to announce the 19 English- and French-language feature-length...

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Telefilm Canada more than doubles its commitment to support emerging talent
  • 50 films to be funded, with more diverse opportunities Canada-wide
  • Automatic financing for second features; help for short filmmakers graduating to feature films

Toronto, November 27, 2017Important changes to the successful Talent Fund-supported Micro-Budget Production Program will be announced tomorrow during Telefilm Canada’s Annual Public Assembly in Ryerson University. Telefilm...

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Engagement towards Canadian films on the rise

65% of Canadians interested in Canadian films (+4 points vs. 2016)

 Montreal, November 14, 2017 — Telefilm Canada has released a new study on Canadian audiences showing that engagement towards Canadian films is steadily rising. Commissioned by Telefilm and the Canada Media Fund, the study was conducted by Nielsen, a leader...

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Back for more Canadian TV and films

Canadian audiovisual industry launches YouTube channel featuring memorable film and TV

Toronto, November 7, 2017 - As of today, Canadian and world audiences will have a renewed access to memorable Canadian film and TV content from years gone by. Key Canadian audiovisual industry organizations announced the launch of a YouTube channel...

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Statement by Carolle Brabant, Executive Director – Announcing the preliminary results of Telefilm Canada’s gender parity measures

Montreal, November 1, 2017 – “Following our announcement last November, we quickly implemented the gender parity measures outlined at the time.  At the mid-way point of the first year, we are encouraged by the preliminary results and the participation of our industry partners. I can confidently say that we...

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Three Canadian projects submitted and selected by Eurimages

Montreal, October 30, 2017 – As announced by Eurimages, the Council of Europe’s Fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinema, three Canadian projects were selected for financing. After strong competition this cycle, out of the 54 projects submitted, 30 were selected for financing. Canada submitted a total of three...

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Indigenous content speaks to the world at MIPCOM

Montreal and Toronto, October 12, 2017 — The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada are featuring the talent and producers behind the hit series Mohawk Girls at this year’s MIPCOM, taking place from October 16 to 19 in Cannes. They will take part in a showcase entitled “Indigenous Content...

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Canada ready to make big splash at MIPJunior in Cannes with captivating line-up of short TV series for children

Toronto and Montréal, October 10, 2017 – Four innovative and engaging Canadian productions for children will be showcased at the upcoming MIPJunior, a major annual international event in Cannes gathering producers, buyers, sellers, broadcasters, and content creators of content for children. Telefilm Canada and the Canada Media Fund (CMF) are...

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Statement from Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm Canada, in response to Creative Canada

Montreal, September 29, 2017 – “The vision outlined today by Minister Joly will help to ensure that Canada is positioned as a leading player on the global cultural marketplace. I am enthusiastic about the future of the Canadian audiovisual industry and the role that Telefilm will play in it.

“Telefilm Canada’s focus...

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Movie Nights Across Canada partners with the Vancouver International Film Festival for gala screening of Mina Shum’s Meditation Park

Vancouver is the final leg of the year-long celebration of Canada 150 that touched down in eight Canadian cities from coast-to-coast-to-coast

Vancouver, September 26, 2017 – On Thursday, September 28, 2017, Canadian Screen and Leo Award-winning actor Gabrielle Miller (Corner Gas) and multiple award-winning actor/writer/director/producer Ben Ratner (Down River) team up as...

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François Girard’s Hochelaga, Land of Souls to represent Canada in the race for the 2018 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

Montreal, September 25, 2017 – Director François Girard’s Hochelaga, Land of Souls (Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes) will represent Canada for in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar at the 90th Academy Awards, held on March 4, 2018. The pan-Canadian Oscar selection committee, chaired and coordinated by Telefilm Canada,...

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Movie Nights Across Canada teams with Calgary International Film Festival for gala screening

When They Awake, an uplifting kaleidoscope of Indigenous music features artists including trip-hop sensation IsKwé and PowWow Step DJ Shub

Calgary, September 13, 2017 – On Wednesday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m., at the Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons in Calgary, actors Michelle Thrush and Melissa O'Neil will serve...

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The Tragically Hip documentary Long Time Running selected for special gala screening in Halifax September 14

Movie Nights Across Canada and FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival team up on an epic night to celebrate Canadian film and the beloved band

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 1 at 12:00 p.m. AST

Halifax, August 31, 2017 – Canadian opera superstar Measha Brueggergosman and actor, writer,...

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Telefilm Canada and Birks celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film at TIFF
  • This year’s event will honour five directors, five actors and two screenwriters
  • Largest panel of jury members to date

Montreal/Toronto, August 16, 2017 – Telefilm Canada and Birks partner once again for the fifth edition of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film during the Toronto International Film Festival...

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Telefilm Canada spotlights Canadian talent at the Toronto International Film Festival

Building on the success of the initiative, London and Paris will also host Eye on TIFF pre-festival screenings

Toronto, August 9, 2017—Telefilm Canada spotlights Canadian talent at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a celebration of film that brings together filmmakers and movie lovers in one festive event that runs from...

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Telefilm Canada invests $4.7M in 11 new Indigenous productions

This investment supports both established and emerging Indigenous talent from across the country, with seven projects led by women

Montreal, August 8, 2017 – Telefilm Canada finances 11 new Indigenous feature films in 2017-18 for a total of $4.7M. This follows the announcement that Telefilm had increased the production and...

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Telefilm Canada funds the production of four French-language feature films, of which two are directed, produced and written by women

Today’s announcement represents a total of $1.5 million invested

Montreal, July 24, 2017 – Telefilm Canada is financing the production of four French-language feature films with a budget of $2.5 million or less for a total amount of $1.5 million.

Two of the films are directed, written and produced by women: Les Nôtres, by Jeanne...

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Canadian films and talent take centre stage at the 2017 Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico

Canadian talent front and centre as 150 contemporary and classic Canadian films screen

Montreal, July 20, 2017 – In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, Canada has been invited as this year’s Country of Honor at the 20th Guanajuato International Film Festival, which runs from July 21 to...

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First ever Canadian project supported by the Council of Europe’s cinema fund

Canada-Switzerland coproduction 1999 from the Montreal-based production company Parabola Films selected

Montreal, July 18, 2017 – As announced by Eurimages, the council of Europe’s fund for co-production, distribution and exhibition of European cinema, the Canadian-majority coproduction 1999 was selected for financing, making the documentary the first ever Canadian project to be...

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Telefilm Canada updates its Development Program: The first step towards a more diversified financing portfolio

Changes to the program in 2017 include additional funding for women-led projects, support for emerging talent, as well as a new partnership with Creative BC

Montreal, June 29, 2017 – In order to better serve the audiovisual industry, Telefilm Canada has expanded the eligibility criteria for its Development Program to support...

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Spotlight on Nunavut talent: A special screening of Zacharias Kunuk’s Maliglutit (Searchers)

Movie Nights Across Canada and Nunavut Film Development Corporation roll out the red carpet to celebrate Indigenous creative talent

Iqaluit, June 28, 2017 – On Wednesday, June 28, 2017, the Honourable Peter Taptuna, Premier of Nunavut, and the Honourable Monica Ell-Kanayuk, Deputy Premier and Minister of Economic Development and Transportation of...

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Key audiovisual industry organizations collaborate to create an Indigenous Screen Office for Canada

Banff, June 12, 2017 – Today at the Banff World Media Festival, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage announced that the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada (CBC/SRC), the Canada Media Fund (CMF), Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA), and the National Film...

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Original Canadian voices, original Canadian stories: Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund announce the 18 projects selected under the Micro-Budget Production Program

Montreal, May 25, 2017 – Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund announce the 18 English- and French-language projects selected under the Talent Fund-supported Micro-Budget Production Program, including 14 feature films and four web projects that originate from all regions of the country.

The Talent Fund, a private donation fund,...

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