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As it turns 50, Telefilm Canada pays tribute to Canadian talent and salutes its partners

02 March 2017

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 agency responsible for the development and promotion of Canada’s film industry since 1968, of the television industry from 1983 to 2006, and of the new-media industry from 1998 to 2010. Since 1967, the Corporation has thus funded close to 6 200 productions—2 247 feature films, 3 611 television series and shows and 315 digital products—for a total investment of $3.3 billion. Telefilm has administered the funding programs of the Canada Media Fund since 2006.

“The industry that emerged in the 1960s has consistently grown and become more diversified over the years, becoming a cultural and economic force of international stature,” said Michel Roy, Chair of Telefilm’s Board. “I have the utmost admiration for the filmmakers who created our cinema’s first classic films in the 1960s and 70s, including Denys Arcand, David Cronenberg, Gilles Carle, Mireille Dansereau and Ted Kotcheff. Since then, Canadian talent has gone from strength to strength. Filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan, Zacharias Kunuk, Micheline Lanctôt, Guy Maddin, Deepa Mehta, Kim Nguyen, Sarah Polley, Léa Pool, Patricia Rozema, Jean-Marc Vallée, Denis Villeneuve and Nettie Wild, among others, as well as a new generation of creators, including Andrew Cividino, Xavier Dolan, Anne Émond, Adam Garnet Jones, Ashley McKenzie, Stella Meghie and Christian Sparkes, have shown exceptional creativity and daring, making all Canadians proud.”

Carolle Brabant, Telefilm’s Executive Director, added: “We’re continuing to innovate with an eye to the next 50 years in order to develop and promote the talent of our Canadian creators. Initiatives introduced over the last few years, such as the Talent Fund, the Micro-Budget Production Program and the Success Index, will allow us to better measure, stimulate and reward performance, including that of emerging filmmakers. Thank you to all our partners for their collaboration—the Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board of Canada, the Rogers Group of Funds, Technicolor, Bell Media, Corus Entertainment, Birks, Air Canada, the members of the Talent Fund Advisory Committee, provincial agencies, consulates and embassies, as well as film festivals. And thank you also to Telefilm’s employees, whose enthusiasm and commitment I salute.”

Relive our 50 years in words and pictures

  • History of Telefilm
  • Corporate video produced for the 50th anniversary, “A passion that’s been growing since 1967”:
    English version
    French version
  • Branding for the 50th anniversary, Play it Forward, a visual focused on the next 50 years:


2017 in brief—Play it forward

About Telefilm Canada—Inspired by talent. Viewed everywhere.
Celebrating 50 years in 2017, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent at home and around the world. Telefilm also makes recommendations regarding the certification of audiovisual treaty coproductions to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, and administers the programs of the Canada Media Fund. Launched in 2013, the Talent Fund accepts private donations to principally support emerging talent. Visit and follow us on Twitter at and on Facebook at


Media enquiries:
Douglas Chow, Head, Public Relations, Telefilm Canada
(514) 283-0838 ext. 2048 or 1-800-567-0890