Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program: WIFT-AT Recommendation Phase - Application Process


Women in Film and Television – Atlantic (WIFT-AT) is excited to become a new partner for Telefilm Canada's Talent To Watch Program (formerly known as the Micro-Budget Program). The Talent to Watch Program is a production opportunity for first-time feature filmmakers, with an emphasis on digital and online distribution models.

The Telefilm Talent to Watch Program will provide financing for the development, production, digital distribution and promotion of a feature-length film or a narrative-based web series made specifically for online distribution. Although there is no maximum or minimum budget amounts, this program is intended for micro-budget productions, meaning those with budgets between $125,000 and $250,000. Telefilm will support selected projects per year through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $125,000 for feature films and narrative-based web projects of 75 minutes and more in total length. The contribution amount for narrative-based web projects under 75 minutes will be prorated based on the total number of minutes of the project, each full 10-minute segment providing access to $15,000 up to a maximum contribution of $105,000.

WIFT-AT is eligible to recommend two feature films and one narrative web-based project.


All application requirements in the Telefilm Canada Guidelines must be met in order to submit to WIFT-AT. Please read these guidelines carefully and pay special attention to the funding details, required elements to submit, the FAQs as well as the main goals of this program.

Please make special note of the revised eligibility requirements: All the key members (producer, writer and director) of the project must be emerging talent i.e. they must already have produced, directed and/or written at least one short film (i.e. 30 minutes or less) but cannot have previously held the same key position on a feature length film (i.e. 75 minutes or more). For example, if you have previously directed a feature film you are eligible to apply as a producer or writer (and visa versa). Additionally, producers who have previously produced one feature film that has received funding under this Program (formerly known as the Micro-Budget Production Program) will also be considered as emerging talent.

In order to meet the mandate of WIFT-AT, we require that writers and/or directors be FULL MEMBERS of WIFT-AT, and they must have participated in a WIFT-AT program (ie Women Making Waves, a screening, workshop, etc.) in the last three years. Please note this in your application.

Please be sure to confirm your eligibility with WIFT-AT prior to submitting your application (contact Kimberlee McTaggart at


Please submit all required materials that are listed below by Wednesday April 4th, 2018 11:59 pm AST

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.


1) Feature Length Script (or a script for one episode of a narrative-based web project);

2) Link to a Video Pitch of maximum 5 minutes

3) One-page visual treatment of the project;

4) Link to previous work;

5) Maximum 200 word synopsis of the project including a description of the creative team’s vision;

6) Promotion and distribution plan including a digital marketing and social media strategy.

7) Production schedule (from pre-production to digital release) that will ensure the completion of the project within 18 months of the receipt of Telefilm’s invitation to apply;

8) Budget top sheet for the project (see template available on Telefilm’s website);

9) Any other information that sets this project apart (eg: successful crowdfunding campaign, confirmed cameo by a well-known actor, established fan base on social media).


The evaluation of the projects will take into consideration the following elements:

  • the quality of the track record of the creative team;

  • the quality, originality, and innovativeness of the creative content;

  • the understanding of the marketplace for the project and the innovativeness of the promotion and distribution strategy;

  • the feasibility and level of production readiness of the project.


The deadline to submit directly to the WIFT-AT for recommendation consideration is Wednesday April 4th, 2018, 11:59 pm AST (by email only) to

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Kimberlee at

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