Get financing to cover 70–80% of a joint film, television or online video production shared between your company and a foreign coproducer. A treaty for such projects must be in place between the two countries, and the budget must be spent proportionally (e.g. if the project is 60% Canadian, that percentage of the budget must be spent in Canada). Note: Subject to availability of funds.
Who can apply
Canadian production companies in search of financing for the production and/or post-production stage of their feature film project(s).
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.