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Theatrical Exhibition Program


Activity type
Theatrical exhibition of Canadian feature film
Theatrical Exhibitors in Canada

Program overview

The Theatrical Exhibition Program supports exhibitors and theatres across Canada that are programming Canadian films.

Who can apply

Companies acting as commercial exhibitors that: 

  • Have their head office in Canada.  
  • Carry out their activities in Canada. 
  • Have a ticket and box-office reporting system that complies with audiovisual industry standards. 

If you are a film distributor, please visit the Theatrical Distribution Compensation Program webpage.

Information about the program


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

Key Dates

IT support is only available on business days until 5:00 pm EST

Key dates
October 23, 2023 PST
November 06, 2023 11:59 PM EST


Latest Updates

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October 12, 2023

Update of the following documents
  • Declaration Form Canadian Films
  • List of Required Documents

September 22, 2023

New document added

The Declaration Form for Canadian Films was added

September 19, 2023

Update of the following documents
  • Guidelines
  • Essential Information Guide
  • Information Declaration
  • List of Required Documents
  • List of Canadian Films

November 1, 2022

New documents
  • List of Required Documents
  • List of Canadian Films

September 12, 2022

Changes to the Program
  • This year’s funding includes recovery funds (for the second year) and CACRP funds.

September 23, 2021

Changes to the Program
  • Telefilm will allocate a portion of the recovery funds through this Program to support exhibitors across the country to recover and resume pre-pandemic level of activities
  • The maximum funding for theatres has increased to $30,000 per theatre and $500,000 per corporate group in 2021-2022
  • The method of calculation based on the numbers of screenings and admissions to Canadian feature films shown in previous years has been suspended, as such funding for this program will be automatically allocated in accordance with the criteria of the program
  • Eligible institutions must commit to screening at least one Canadian film in the following calendar year
  • Telefilm’s financial participation is intended to cover promotional costs related to theatrical releases of Canadian films in the coming year as well as increased expenses for health and safety protocols, and costs related to transforming the business model to meet today’s digital needs – all with the aim to encourage Canadian audiences to return to theatres

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