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Development Program


Project type
Feature-length film
Project stage
Canadian feature film production companies

Program overview

The Development Program finances Canadian feature films at the development stage. 

The Development Program has four streams:

  • Prequalified Stream 
  • General Stream 
  • Indigenous Stream 
  • Stream for Black and People of Colour 

Who can apply

Canadian feature film production companies who:

  • Have their head office in Canada. 
  • Carry out their activities in Canada.

Information about the program


Please review the documents for full program details and eligibility criteria.

Key Dates

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Key dates

The program is currently closed.

Latest updates

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June 23, 2022

Self-Identification Questionnaire

The Self-Identification Questionnaire for data collection will apply for all creatives (producers, writers, and directors (where applicable) for projects submitted to the program. Completion of the questionnaire by all participants is required for validating eligibility in the Indigenous Stream and the Stream for Black and People of Colour. 
All participants are asked to complete the Self-Identification Questionnaire to contribute towards Telefilm’s industry improvement initiatives like enhancing funding programs, capacity building, outreach, and training.

June 23, 2022

Increase of maximum financial participation

In the Prequalified Stream, Telefilm’s maximum financial participation increases to:

  • $100,000 for Tier A
  • $60,000 for Tier B 
  • $30,000 for Tier C 

In the General Stream (previously known as the Selective Stream), the Indigenous Stream and the Stream for Black and People of Colour, Telefilm’s maximum financial participation increases to $30,000 per project. 

June 23, 2022

Language eligibility

Projects in diverse languages are now eligible. 

June 23, 2022

Stream name change

The Selective Stream is now called the General Stream.

Apply for funding

Please read our How to apply page for more information on the application process.

Applications must be submitted through Dialogue.

Application documents



Declarations and affidavits

Business policies

Past guidelines


For questions regarding the application process or funding program requirements

Phone: 438-806-4865
Toll free: 1-800-567-0890

For questions regarding the Stream for Black and People of Colour

Antoinette Duré

Phone: 438-469-1169
Toll free: 1-800-567-0890

For any questions regarding the Indigenous Stream

Adriana Chartrand

Phone: 647 475-4911
Toll free: 1 800 463-4607

For any questions regarding the Filmography