OSM members move on to next phase of Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program

July 3, 2018

Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund announce selected Talent to Watch projects
Téléfilm Canada et le Fonds des talents dévoilent les projets sélectionnés de Talents en vue

June 28, 2018

Manitoba projects selected for next phase of Talent to Watch Program

MANITOBA – Telefilm Canada and the Talent Fund announced the first 45 English- and French-language projects selected under the new Talent to Watch Program (formerly known as the Micro-Budget Production Program). In all, 38 feature films and seven narrative web projects from across the country were chosen. Creative teams submitted potential projects to one of the Program’s designated partners. From there, each partner submitted projects to Telefilm for consideration by the decision jury. On Screen Manitoba is a designated partner for feature film and web series projects in the Main Component (Manitoba English-language projects) and in the Official Language Minority Community Component (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia French-language projects).

The following Manitoba projects were selected to move on to the next phase of the program:

  • Billy, Director: Jordan Molaro, Writer: Kyle Nobess, Producer: Jorge Requena Ramos, Partner: On Screen Manitoba Inc., Selective Stream – Main Component
  • Ruthless Souls, Director and Writer: Madison Thomas, Producer: Darcy Waite, Partner: National Screen Institute – Canada, Selective Stream – Component: Indigenous

“On Screen Manitoba applauds Telefilm Canada’s commitment to supporting emerging creators of diverse backgrounds from all regions of the country,” said Nicole Matiation, Executive Director of On Screen Mantioba. “We look forward to working with the Billy team throughout the production of this Indigenous feature thriller and we extend our congratulations to the Ruthless Souls team recommended by the National Screen Institute.”

June 26 and 27 on the Ryerson University Campus in Toronto, Jordan Molaro and Kyle Nobess participated in the Telefilm Talent to Watch Summit, a two-day event designed to prepare teams to have the most successful project possible through panels, workshops, and discussions led by industry experts, Telefilm staff and fellow filmmakers. If their project is funded, teams will have just under 18 months to complete the feature film or digital project.

View media coverage by PlaybackThe Globe and Mail and The Winnipeg Free Press.


On Screen Manitoba leads the development of a dynamic media production industry that is recognized for its world-class creative and technical talent. We are  a non-profit industry association that includes both individuals (producers, writers, directors and other industry professionals) and organizations (production companies, labour groups, distributors, broadcasters, service suppliers, training bodies and exhibitors) representing some 1,900 media production industry professionals. Our members work in all genres and formats (in English, French and Indigenous languages) and have access to some of the best production incentives in Canada. 

For more information contact:

Amber O’Reilly
Communications Coordinator
On Screen Manitoba
(204) 927-5899
Billy Team – L’équipe Billy

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