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

29 June 2017

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 its objective of achieving a representative and diversified feature film portfolio by 2020.

According to Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada: “The Development Program is a crucial first step to achieving a diversified slate of Canadian productions that reflects the Canadian population. The changes we’ve made to the program this year are consistent with our corporate priorities, namely greater support for emerging talent, documentarians, and women, with a continued focus on Indigenous and official language minority communities. Our goal is that our financing portfolio is varied, representative, and diverse in every respect.”

Changes to the Development Program

  • Women have been identified as a targeted group: to support our objective of achieving a portfolio of projects that reflects gender parity by 2020, production companies submitting women-led projects will now have access to additional development funds.
  • Production companies who have already produced a film under the Micro-Budget Production Program are now eligible: provides additional support to emerging talent with demonstrated expertise.
  • Now open to creators who have already produced a theatrically released documentary:  provides additional support to the documentary filmmaking community. Telefilm Canada more than doubled its investment in documentary films in 2017, for a total of $1.7 million.
  • New support for British Columbia: additional support is now available for creators from British Columbia, thanks to a joint initiative with Creative BC. Production companies from the province who receive less than $30,000 in development funding from Telefilm Canada may receive a top-up amount from Creative BC to reach $30,000 in total funding.
  • Streamlined application process: for the first time ever the program, which opens its doors July 4, 2017, will be administered on Dialogue, Telefilm’s new application management platform that is gradually replacing eTelefilm. Dialogue is a collaborative cloud-based environment that simplifies and expedites the application process.


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Media Enquiries:
Andrea Archibald, Deputy Director, Communications, Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838, ext. 2047 or 1-800-567-0890