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 Talent To Watch Program may be the golden opportunity you were looking for!
Formerly Telefilm’s Micro-Budget Production Program, the Talent To Watch program finances emerging content creators who are recent alumni of a partner educational institution, active members of partner cooperatives or recent participants of partner film festival incubator initiative, or who have directed a short film that was selected at a recognized film festival. The program also provides automatic funding to projects directed by an emerging director having previously directed a short film that has won a prize at a recognized film festival.
The Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Web Projects from Emerging Filmmakers aims to support emerging filmmakers, accelerate their career development, and to allow them to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.
The maximum contribution amount through this program is $125,000 for feature films and narrative-based projects of over 75 minutes.
Support under this Program is provided through three separate streams: the Selective Stream, the Festival Selection Stream and the Fast Track Stream.
Financing will be given to projects chosen among those recommended by designated industry partners for each component of the Program (see full list of partners in documents. FAVA is one of these partners.
The different components are:
- Main component
- Indigenous component
- Official-Language Minority Communities (OLMC) component
Unfortunately, FAVA is not currently a partner for the Official-Language Minority component at this time. Please see the list of partners provided on Telefilm’s website.
Guidelines can be downloaded here
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.
The program is open to students, alumni, and members of selected schools and film cooperatives. NEW this year, only the director must be a FAVA member.
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
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 Talent To Watch 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 noon mountain standard time on January 28th, 2019.