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Compete for up to $250,000 towards your first feature-length film

Queen’s Film & Media is excited to be a designated industry partner on the 2022 Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program.  Alumni who have graduated from the Film & Media program within the last 5 years are invited to compete for up to $250,000 in financing for fiction feature films or $150,000 for documentaries to realize the dream of producing their first feature-length film. 

The Kingston Film Office offers an additional contribution of $25,000 for dramatic features or $15,000 for documentary features along with in-kind support towards any successful Talent to Watch production shot primarily in Kingston.

VISIT THE TELEFILM TALENT TO WATCH WEBSITE for full program details and eligibility requirements:  www.telefilm.ca/en/financing/talent-to-watch

FREE ON-LINE INFO SESSION THURSDAY FEBRUARY 3 AT 6:30PM Important details for Kingston-based applications or productions: https://kingstontalenttowatch.eventbrite.ca


  • Feature length projects must be 75 minutes or longer, may be fictional or documentary, and must be produced in English, French or any Indigenous language
  • Projects must have a budget ranging between $150,000 and $500,000
  • Key members of the creative team (Producer, Writer and Director) must be emerging talent. They must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film (30 minutes or less), but must not have previously held the same key position in a feature length film
  • The Director of the project must be a Queen’s Film & Media alumni within the past 5 years. The producer and writer may not be alumni, provided that they match the emerging talent criteria listed above *
  • The key members of the creative team must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents
  • Full requirements are available on the Telefilm Talent to Watch website


Telefilm has also announced a new Apply-Direct Stream for emerging filmmakers who are Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, Women, Gender-diverse and 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, Persons with disabilities and/or members of Official Language Minority Communities.  These emerging filmmakers will be able to submit an application directly to Telefilm (Producer, Writer and Director must qualify).

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is also an industry partner on the Telefilm Talent to Watch program, and filmmakers who have had a short film in the festival within the past 5 years are invited to apply.  Learn more at: www.kingcanfilmfest.com/talentfund/


Receive up to $25,000 in additional funding for your feature film!

The Kingston Film Office offers an additional contribution of $25,000 for dramatic features or $15,000 for documentary features towards any successful Talent to Watch production shot primarily in Kingston.  The Kingston Film Office will also help facilitate access to locations, cast, crew, resources and suppliers, including additional in-kind sponsors, partners and/or mentors for a Kingston shoot.  Contact alex@filminkingston.ca for more information. 

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival also commits to exhibiting the completed film at the festival.


Expression of Interest Deadline: March 11, 2022  If you meet the requirements outlined above and are interested in applying through Queen’s, please email talentfund@filminkingston.ca to confirm your intention to submit.

Queen’s Jury Application Deadline: April 14, 2022 Full applications must include latest draft of screenplay, 5-minute presentation video and all supporting materials per Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program guidelines.

Queen’s Supported Project Decision: April 26, 2022 All applicants will be notified of the Jury’s official selection for entry in the national competition.

Queen’s Supported Project Submission to Telefilm: May 3, 2022 The updated final official entry will be made to Telefilm Canada, implementing jury feedback and with additional supports.

For any additional questions concerning Kingston-based applications or productions, please contact talentfund@filminkingston.ca.


Queen’s Film & Media is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact talentfund@filminkingston.ca

Telefilm Statement on Equality

We aim to select and finance a balanced portfolio of projects that reflects a variety of genres, regions across the country, and manifold viewpoints. For projects of equal quality, Telefilm will prioritize the ones whose key creatives (director and/or writer and/or producer) reflect the diversity of Canada in terms of gender, Indigenous communities, and/or cultural diversity.

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