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 supports the development, production, digital distribution, and the promotion of a first feature film or web content project. This program finances emerging content creators who are recent graduates of a partner university or active members of partner cooperatives. The program aims to stimulate the use of new digital distribution platforms and to allow emerging talent to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion.
Talent To Watch 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 an 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.
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. To be eligible writer and director 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. NEW THIS YEAR: 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. if a producer has produced a feature but is now directing). Producer’s aren’t required to be alumni or active members of the designated partner institute (must still be emerging talent)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 11:59pm mountain standard time on March 22, 2018.