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Talent to Watch Program | Telefilm supports emerging filmmakers

The Talent to Watch Program supports emerging filmmakers looking to finance the production stage of their first feature film project(s).
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Funding up to $250,000

Program overview

The Talent to Watch Program has three streams:

  • Industry Partner Stream: For projects that are recommended by a Designated Industry Partner.
  • Festival Selection Stream: For emerging filmmakers who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival.
  • Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream: All Key Members of the Creative Team must be:
    • Indigenous;
    • Black;
    • People of Colour;
    • Women;
    • Gender-diverse individuals;
    • 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals;
    • Persons with disabilities; and/or
    • Members of an Official Language Minority Community

Who can apply

Applications may be submitted by companies or individuals who meet the eligibility criteria indicated in the Program guidelines.

Key members of the creative teams of all submitted projects must be emerging talent.


General Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, a project must:

a) Be primarily produced in English, French, an Indigenous language, or, for artistic imperatives, in another language.

b) Be intended to be fictional, or documentary audiovisual projects.

c) Be a feature-length film of 75 minutes or more.

d) With respect to Canadian content certification, upon completion be either:

  • Certified by the Canadian Audio-visual Certification Office (CAVCO) as a “Canadian film or video production” with a minimum of 8 out of 10 points under the provisions of the Income Tax Act (Canada); or
  • Recognized as a treaty coproduction by the Minister of Canadian Heritage (refer to Telefilm’s guidelines on Audiovisual Coproduction).

e) Have a total budget ranging between $150,000 and $500,000.


The maximum contribution amount is set at $250,000 for fiction feature films and $150,000 for theatrical documentaries.


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