December 6, 2017
During its Annual Public Assembly yesterday, Telefilm Canada announced important changes to its Talent Fund-supported Micro-Budget Production Program.
Key changes announced:
- Micro-Budget Production Program is renamed the Talent to Watch Program
- 50 projects will now be supported each year (focus on feature films), helping more talent kick-start their careers and marking Telefilm Canada’s 50th anniversary. This represents more than double the number of projects.
- More flexibility surrounding eligibility criteria
- Producers are no longer required to be alumni or active members of the designated partner institute, but must still be emerging talent; and,
- As long as key members are emerging and have not already held the position to which they have applied for the program, they will be considered eligible (e.g. a producer who has produced a feature may apply as an emerging director).
- Mentorship of new recipients by past recipients will be fostered in order to share best practices and increase success.
- An automatic stream for successful short filmmakers will be established — short film directors who have won a prize at select international festivals will now have access to automatic funding for the production of their first feature via the Talent to Watch Program.
- An automatic stream for second feature financing for filmmakers who produce internationally-recognized first features will be established.
Revised guidelines, deadlines and project submissions will be announced in December. On Screen Manitoba is a designated partner for the Talent to Watch Program. Maryam Decter will coordinate intake of English-language projects. Amber O’Reilly will coordinate intake of French-language projects based in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia through the Official-Language Minority Communities (OLMC) component.
For more information on On Screen Manitoba’s partnership with Telefilm Canada, please contact Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of OSM.
For more information on deadlines and guidelines, click here.
See the Telefilm news release, presentation detailing the changes, Annual Public Assembly Facebook Live, testimonial video from past recipients, and The Globe and Mail and Playback (paywall) articles for more information.