Talent to Watch Program

The NBFC is now accepting applications for another installment of the Talent to Watch program (formerly called the Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget Production Program) for 2018.

(The recipients for the 2017 Telefilm Micro-Budget Grant were: Robert Gray, Matt Rogers and Jon Dewar (English Stream - Feature film: Entropic), Gilles Doiron and Denise Bouchard (French Stream - Feature film: Pour mieux t’aimer)

(The recipients for the 2016 Telefilm Micro-Budget Grant were: Tim Rayne and Arthur Thomson (English Stream - Music documentary and web series: The Capital Project)

Telefilm's Talent to Watch program is a production opportunity for first-time feature filmmakers, with an emphasis on digital and online distribution models. the NBFC is eligible to recommend one feature film application and one narrative web-based project for competition at the national level.

New last year, Telefilm Canada put in place measures to diversify its portfolio of projects, aiming in particular to achieve, by 2020, gender parity in each of the key roles of director, writer, and producer. Based on consultations held last year, Telefilm has determined that its first action area in 2017 was to favour projects written or directed by women.

The Talent to Watch program will provide financing 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. Once completed, the projects must be made available to the public through one or more digital platforms (e.g. web portals, video portals such as YouTube or Netflix, video on demand, mobile platforms/devices, etc.).

This program is for micro-budget productions, meaning those with budgets under $250,000. Telefilm will support eight to ten projects per year through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $127,500 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 $112,500. Telefilm’s financial contribution must be used to cover direct expenses relating to the development, production, postproduction, distribution and promotion of the project. (This info still to be updated by Telefilm)

An amount of $7,500 of Telefilm’s total contribution amount must be reserved for the hiring of a digital marketing expert that will help applicants elaborate and put in place a promotion and digital marketing strategy for their project. Further, at least 15% of Telefilm’s total contribution amount (excluding the amount reserved for the hiring of the digital marketing expert) must be used for promotion and distribution expenses. (This info still be updated by Telefilm)

The NBFC is eligible to recommend one feature film and one narrative web-based project for competition at the national level in English and French. (This info still to be updated by Telefilm)

The NBFC invites current NBFC members (any members who have outstanding projects not completed are not eligible for this programme) seeking a recommendation letter from NBFC to forward a complete Recommendation Phase Application to the NBFC on or before March 16, 2018 at 11:59pm for review by an NBFC assembled peer jury from outside NB.

DEADLINE: March 16, 11:59pm, 2018


NOTE: You must already be a full NBFC member in good standing to apply for this grant for English projects (you can't join and then apply).

Emerging - 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 must not have produced, directed or written a feature length film (i.e. 75 minutes or more). NBFC Member - All the key members (producer, writer and director) of all recommended projects must be either current NBFC members (Full, Associate or lifetime).

Please confirm your eligibility with NBFC prior to submitting your application (contact Cat at: info@nbfilmcoop.com). To submit, please email your completed application form, required documents (PDF's only, please) and a link to your video pitch, trailer and support material by March 16, 2018 at 11:59pm to: info@nbfilmcoop.com

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information:

CLICK HERE for Film Co-op Guidelines and Application Form (pdf) 

CLICK HERE for Telefilm Guidelines (pdf) (These are for 2017, we will be updating these once Telefilm has updated them on their website)


Established in 1979 the New Brunwick Filmmakers' Co-operative (NBFC) is a non-profit, Film Co-op for the production and presentation of creative films in a collaborative, learning environment.

The NBFC operates with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of NB as well as other supporters and sponsors www.nbfilmcoop.com