News releases

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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Telefilm Canada and the Rogers Group of Funds celebrate 10 years of partnership as they announce their support of 18 documentary productions

Telefilm Canada has increased its investment in the Theatrical Documentary Program in support of its objective to achieve a balanced production portfolio by 2020. 

Some of Canada’s foremost filmmakers were financed this year, including Zaynê Akyol, Jennifer Baichwal, Denis Boivin, Joseph Hillel, Jamie Kastner, Louise Leroux, Ron Mann, Cornelia Principe, and...

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Telefilm Canada awards 2016 Guichet d’or to director and screenwriters of Les 3 p’tits cochons 2

Director Jean-François Pouliot and screenwriters Pierre Lamothe and Claude Lalonde receive award

Montreal, April 27, 2017 — This morning, Telefilm Canada presented its annual Guichet d’or award to director Jean-François Pouliot and screenwriters Pierre Lamothe and Claude Lalonde for their film Les 3 p’tits cochons 2 (The 3 L’il Pigs 2). The...

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Telefilm Canada upgrades client service with Dialogue online application platform
  • Provides collaborative cloud-based environment for clients
  • Can evolve to add new programs and partners
  • Improved data collection capability to help report on gender parity objectives

Montreal, April 6, 2017—Today, Telefilm Canada officially launches its online platform, known as Dialogue, which allows audiovisual industry clients to create, submit and manage their funding applications in...

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Local film, Tyson Caron’s Lovesick, selected for exclusive screening in celebration of National Canadian Film Day


Movie Nights Across Canada and Manitoba Film & Music will bring Canadian stars together to celebrate creative industries and Canada 150

WINNIPEG, April 5, 2017 - On Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the Centennial Concert Hall, The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural...

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Exceptional Canadian documentaries and VR showcased at MIP 2017

Toronto/Montreal, March 27, 2017— The Canada Media Fund (CMF) and Telefilm Canada, have once again partnered with Canadian industry leaders to feature compelling content at this year’s MIPDoc and MIPTV.

Three thought-provoking Canadian documentaries will share the spotlight at MIPDoc, taking place in Cannes on April 1 and 2....

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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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