This program supports Canadian production companies looking to finance the production and/or postproduction stage of their feature film projects.
Who can apply
Canadian production companies in search of financing for the production and/or post-production stage of their feature film project(s).
Objectives and Guiding Principles
The guiding principles of the Production program are:
- To support feature films that will speak to Canadian and international audiences, and that will bring both cultural impact and audience engagement. Telefilm seeks to fund films that will build and contribute to our Canadian cultural legacy.
- To support filmmakers with a strong sensibility and perspective who will bring original voices and approaches and will advance cinematic expression.
- To support emerging and established filmmakers in advancing their artistic career through ambitious and impactful films.
- To support greater equity and representation in storytelling, that reflects gender parity and diversity from various communities including Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, Gender-diverse identities and expressions, as well as People with Disabilities from all regions of the country .
- To support Indigenous content that is produced by creators who are Indigenous and/or have engaged in meaningful research, collaboration, and cooperation with Indigenous communities impacted by their projects .
- To support creative teams who are from underrepresented communities or who have engaged in meaningful research, collaboration, and cooperation with underrepresented communities, where films are dealing with the experiences of those communities.
- To give voice to creative teams from Official Language Minority Communities and those situated outside the main production centres of Toronto and Montreal.
- To support content creation that helps advance sustainable production practices and that encourages environmentally responsible community engagement plans.
Applicants may submit their projects any time during the program’s opening periods. (See Key Dates below.)
Please consult the Guidelines for specific eligibility requirements.
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
- be a Canadian– controlled corporation
- have its head office in Canada and carry out its activities in Canada
- operate as an audiovisual production company
- producers and other key members of the production team must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents (unless the project is an audiovisual treaty coproduction)
All projects must meet the following criteria:
- be feature length (at least 75 minutes long), fictional, and be produced or completed in French, English, an Indigenous language or, for artistic imperatives, in another language
- be aimed primarily at the Canadian theatrical market while maximizing distribution on alternate platforms
- be under the ownership of the Canadian applicant(s)
- have its copyright owned by Canadians (unless the project is an audiovisual treaty coproduction)
- be under the financial, creative and distribution control of the eligible applicant(s)
- be solely written and directed by Canadian citizens or permanent residents (unless the project is an audiovisual treaty coproduction)
- have a budget of no less than $250,000
- if a post-production application, be submitted following rough assembly and prior to picture-lock
- if budgeted at 3.5M or more: the project must have a firm commitment from an eligible Canadian distribution company for theatrical release in Canada within one year of delivery
- Indigenous stream: Telefilm will set aside funding for projects by Canadian filmmakers from Indigenous communities.
- Applicant companies applying for funding under this Stream will have to show that:
- at least 51% of the project’s copyright is held by a production company majority-owned and controlled by Indigenous persons (or 100% if there is only one applicant company);
- the project is under the financial, creative and distribution control of Indigenous persons; and
- two-thirds of the key members of the creative team (producer(s), director(s) or screenwriter(s)) are Indigenous.
Funding for Canadian Filmmakers