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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.


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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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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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