Are you a FAVA member with your first feature film in the works? Do you have a narrative project that you want to make specifically for online distribution? If your answer is yes to either of these questions, the Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program may be the golden opportunity you were looking for!
Now in its fifth year, Telefilm’s Micro-Budget Production Program aims to stimulate the use of new digital distribution platforms by emerging filmmakers and to allow these filmmakers to develop expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.
This program will provide funding for the development, production, digital distribution and promotion of a first feature-length film or other format of narrative-based audiovisual content made specifically for online distribution, written, directed and produced by first-time web content creators. Once completed, the projects must be made available to the public through one or more digital platforms.
There is a third Official Language Minority Community (OLMC) component. Unfortunately, FAVA is not currently a partner for this component. Please see the list of partners provided on Telefilm’s website.
Main changes to the program:
Telefilm’s maximum contribution amount for a web project has been revised to $127,500 for web-projects of more than 75 minutes;
Telefilm will allow flexibility if partners wish to recommend producers who are not recent alumni or active members of their film cooperative. However, in all cases, producers must be emerging talent as defined in the Guidelines. *see note below*
Please note that all projects supported through this Program must be closed-captioned and available in described video, regardless of the distribution platform. Sufficient funds must be reserved for these elements in the project’s production budget.
All selected creative teams will be invited to attend a digital marketing bootcamp to be held in the Spring 2017 (details will communicated in February 2017)
Prospective creative teams must apply to a designated partner of the program. FAVA members can apply to FAVA and the application will be reviewed by a jury of peers. FAVA can recommend up to TWO projects in the Main Component and TWO projects in the Aboriginal Component to Telefilm for consideration.Members can only submit to one of the component streams.
For detailed information on the call and guidelines/FAQs https://telefilm.ca/en/financing/micro-budget-production
The program is open to students, alumni, and members of selected schools and film cooperatives. To be eligible all key members (writer, director, *producer – see change above) must be FAVA members and must have produced, directed and/or written at least one short film but have NOT produced, directed or written a feature length film. You cannot have worked in any of these roles on a feature to be eligible. For example, if you are applying as a director but you have already been producer on a feature film, you are not eligible to apply. The same conditions apply to the Aboriginal component, as well as the need for all three key members to be self-declared Aboriginals.
It’s easy to join FAVA. Download a membership form here.
If you are applying to FAVA your application must include:
The entire Telefilm application and related documents including:
– 3 – 5 minute video pitch
– a trailer of the project, if available
– a link to previous work, if available
– a written synopsis of the project including a description of the creative team’s vision
– a promotion and distribution plan for the project
– a production schedule (from pre-production to digital release)
– the total budget of the project broken down in four categories: development costs, production costs, post-production costs, promotion and distribution costs
– any other information that sets the project apart
To submit your application, put all of the above into ONE Dropbox folder and send the link to email@example.com. Please put Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program Application in the subject heading of your email and please specify whether you are submitting to the Main Component or the Aboriginal Component and whether it is for a feature or web-based narrative.
FAVA must receive that email by 11:59pm mountain standard time on January 20th, 2017.
As a designated Telefilm Partner in the Micro-Budget Production Program FAVA’s sole responsibility is to recommend up to TWO applicants to the main component and up to TWO applicants to the Aboriginal component on or before February 17th, 2017.
FAVA’s deadline to recommend the selected projects to Telefilm is February 17th, 2017.