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2021 TELEFILM CANADA TALENT TO WATCH PROGRAM

Compete for up to $150,000 towards your first feature-length film

Queen’s Film & Media is excited to be a designated industry partner on the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program.  Recent alumni up to 5 years out of school are invited to apply to compete for up to a $150,000 contribution towards creating their first feature-length film. 

The Kingston Film Office further commits an additional $10,000 plus in-kind support towards any successful Talent to Watch production shot primarily in Kingston. 

2021 Guidelines have been delayed until January by Telefilm but are expected to be similar to previous years - start working on your applications now!

Queen’s Film & Media is able to recommend one feature-length project through the Selective Stream, from recent alumni that match the program requirements. The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is also an eligible partner and filmmakers who have screened a short film at KCFF within the past 5 years are invited to apply at: www.kingcanfilmfest.com/talentfund.


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2021 TELEFILM GUIDELINES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY*

Please visit the Telefilm Talent to Watch website for detailed information on past program and eligibility requirements:  https://telefilm.ca/en/financing/talent-to-watch

OVERVIEW OF PAST KEY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Feature length projects must be 75 minutes or longer and may be fictional or documentary, and must be produced in English, French or an Indigenous language.
  • Budgets should not exceed $250,000, and Telefilm's maximum contribution is $150,000
  • Key members of the creative teams must be emerging talent: they must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film (30 minutes or less) but cannot have previously held the same key position in a feature length film.
  • The Director of the project must be a recent alumni of Queen’s Film & Media, within 5 years of graduation (there may be flexibility on graduation year). The Producer and Writer may be non-alumni, provided they match the emerging talent criteria listed above.
  • The key members must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Telefilm Statement on Equality

Telefilm will aim to support a balanced portfolio of projects reflecting a variety of genres, regions across the country, and different viewpoints. Telefilm will, for projects of equal quality, prioritize projects whose key creatives (director and/or writer and/or producer) reflect the diversity of the country in terms of gender, Indigenous communities or cultural diversity.

2021 program details may vary and will be announced in January.  Please visit Telefilm Canada's Talent to Watch program website for further information on the program, including guidelines and eligibility requirements.  Note that Web series are longer be eligible under this program in 2021.


SHOOT YOUR FILM IN KINGSTON!

Receive an additional $10,000 contribution and support towards your feature film!

The Kingston Film Office will support Queen’s submission to the Telefilm Talent to Watch program and make an additional $10,000 contribution towards any successful Telefilm Talent to Watch feature film shot primarily in the greater Kingston area.  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 their festival.

You must express your interest in applying by January 22, 2021 to talentfund@filminkingston.ca.


PAST IMPORTANT DATES: DATES (2021 DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JANUARY) 

Deadlines are expected to be similar – start working on your applications now!

Expression of Interest Deadline: January 13, 2020

If you are a recent Queen’s University Film & Media alumni, meet the requirements outlined above and are interested in applying through Queen’s University, please contact talentfund@filminkingston.ca to confirm your intention to submit. 

Queen’s Jury Application Deadline: February 17, 2020

Materials required for Queen’s consideration will be latest drafts of screenplay, 5-minute presentation video and all supporting materials per Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program guidelines.

Queen’s Supported Project Decision: March 11-15, 2020

Queen’s support decision were publicly announced at the 20th Kingston Canadian Film Festival.

Queen’s Supported Project Submission to Telefilm: March 23, 2020

Please see the Talent to Watch Guidelines for a list of the elements that will be required for submission of recommended projects.

For any additional questions concerning the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program, please contact talentfund@filminkingston.ca.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

Queen’s University 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