Talent to Watch Program


All info on this link: https://telefilm.ca/en/financing/talent-to-watch

Recommendation Phase Application

Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program: NB Film Co-op Recommendation Phase


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO: February 17, 2020 at at 5pm by email


General Information

As a partner organization on the program, the NB Film Co-op is now accepting applications for the Telefilm Canada Talent To Watch Program – Selective Stream in 2020.


The Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Web Projects from Emerging Filmmakers aims to support emerging filmmakers, accelerate their career development, and to allow them to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.


The maximum contribution amount through this program is $150,000 for feature films and $125,000 for narrative-based projects of over 75 minutes.


The NB Film Co-op is eligible to recommend one feature film and one narrative web-based project for the Main Component (English), The French Component and the Indigenous Component.


Note: Telefilm Canada would like to advise its clients that web series will not be eligible under this Program starting next fiscal, 2021-2022.


English and Indigenous Component

The NB Film Co-op invites current NB Film Co-op members who have been closely affiliated with the co-op seeking recommendation from the NB Film Co-op to forward a complete Recommendation Phase Application to the NB Film Co-op on or before February 14, 2020 at 5pm for review by an NB Film Co-op assembled peer jury from inside and outside NB.



All the key members (producer, writer and director) must be 18 years or older and Canadian citizens, within the definition of the Citizenship Act, or permanent residents within the definition of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Students are not eligible for this program.


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 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.


NB Film Co-op Member – The writers, producers and directors of all recommended projects for the English and Indigenous Streams must be current NB Film Co-op members 


Please confirm your eligibility with the NB Film Co-op prior to submitting your application (contact Cat LeBlanc at info@nbfilmcoop.com)


NOTE: The writers, producers and directors of all recommended projects for the French Stream do not have to be current NB Film Co-op members 


A sample successful past proposal is available for interested teams to look at. Email Cat at: info@nbfilmcoop.com


To Submit

Please complete the below NBFC application form and below required materials by February 14, 2020 at 5pm. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. ALL PROPOSAL ELEMENTS MUST BE IN ONE PDF PLEASE, DO NOT SEND MULTIPLE DOCUMENTS.


Applications to the NB Film Co-op must include:


1) Presentation video: a downloadable pitch video of a maximum of 5 minutes that will: 

 state the project’s working title; 

 identify the genre, the type, and the length of the project; 

 identify the key creative team involved in the project and their individual track records (including samples of past work if applicable or relevant); 

 provide a brief synopsis of the story from beginning to end; 

 outline the creative team’s vision/visual treatment of the material; 

 outline any other relevant information that sets the project apart (e.g.: personal connection to the story material, confirmed appearance by an established actor, successful crowdfunding campaign, relationship with VFX professionals or animators); 

 identify the target audience; 

 include 1 minute segment of the director’s previous short films; 

Note: the video must NOT include footage from other projects that are not the team’s own work. 


2) Supporting material : the documents listed below must be uploaded in pdf format: 

 Synopsis of the project, maximum of 750 words, which includes the main story developments, and tells the basic story from beginning to end; 

 Director’s vision (up to three pages in length); 

 A promotion and distribution plan (up to two pages in length) which identifies the project’s audience (age, sex, sensibility, culture, etc.). It must also identify how the team will find and access this audience and why will they connect with the project; 


 Creative team (producer, writer and director) Filmography : submit a filmography using the template available on the Website, which will indicate training, education, experience, accolades, outline past projects and history of team collaboration; 

 A production schedule (from pre-production to digital release) that will ensure completion of the project within 24 months of the receipt of Telefilm’s invitation to apply, as described below; 

 The budget top sheet for the project (see template available on Telefilm’s website); https://telefilm.ca/en/financing/talent-to-watch

 Up to one page detailing any other information that sets this project apart (eg: personal connection to the story material, successful crowdfunding campaign, confirmed cameo by a well-known actor, established fan base on social media); 

 Projects submitted through the Indigenous stream and all other projects with Indigenous content shall address the issue of how the team sought to engage the various Indigenous communities that will be impacted by the project. Suitable means of achieving this may include the following, as applicable: letters of support from the community, letters of support from Indigenous advisors, contracts between the communities and the creative team for the project, community engagement plans, etc. 

3) a completed screenplay; 

4) a link to previous work, if available; 




The NB Film Co-op (NBFC) is a non-profit, community organization dedicated to supporting the production and presentation of independent film and moving image-based work in a collaborative, learning environment.


The NB Film Co-op operates with generous support from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Province of New Brunswick as well as other supporters.

CLICK HERE for Film Co-op Guidelines and 2020 Application Form (pdf)

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Telefilm Guidelines in English (pdf)

CLICK HERE for the 2020 Telefilm Guidelines in French (pdf)