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Micro-Budget Production Program: Funding of micro-budget feature films from emerging filmmakers – Main Component and Aboriginal Component

Telefilm Canada’s Micro-budget Production Program is open for 2013-14, with the addition of an Aboriginal Component for our Aboriginal content creators.

This program targets emerging Canadian talent, supporting them in the production and promotion of their first feature-length film, with an emphasis on the use of digital platforms for marketing, distribution and audience engagement.

Telefilm will support between eight to ten projects through the main component, and up to three projects in the Aboriginal component. Support will be through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project.

There is a two-step application process for this program:

Recommendation Stage:
Prospective applicants, with their project, apply to one of the diverse group of industry partners for this program. There are two partner lists: one for the Main Component and one for the Aboriginal Component (see lists in Useful Tools, below). Each industry partner will recommend one project to Telefilm Canada by February 3, 2014 for consideration.

Consult the FAQ for specific information on how to set up your digital platform and submit a link to your materials to the industry partner (for inclusion in the potential letter of recommendation to Telefilm).

To be eligible for the Recommendation Stage, an applicant must be a student or a recent graduate of a production program offered by one of the industry partners, or an active member of a film cooperative that is listed as an industry partner in the Program.

At the end of the Recommendation Stage, Telefilm will issue an invitation to the projects eligible to advance to the Application Stage. These letters will be sent to the industry partners.

Application Stage:
For projects invited to apply, the applicant must have the letter of recommendation from an industry partner with the link to their digital platform and the letter of invitation from Telefilm*. The applicant applies to Telefilm as a corporation and using eTelefilm (see Application Stage deadline date in Application Dates below, when available).

*For other requirements at time of application, refer to the List of Required Documents, below.

For further information on details of the program, including how to apply, please consult the material provided below: Guidelines, FAQ, Useful Tools, and Application Deadlines.

Ontario and Nunavut clients: please contact Elena Raluca Hutanu Tuturman.



Guidelines applicable as of October 18, 2013 for the Micro-Budget Production Program

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Submit and track your application online using eTelefilm

List of Required Documents

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Declaration of email address

(50 KB)

Declaration of Canadian Status of Corporation and Corporate Information

(116 KB)

Affidavit – Canadian Content

(125 KB)

Application Dates

New opening dates will be announced shortly.

Useful Tools


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List of Designated Partners - Main Component

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List of Designated Partners - Aboriginal Component

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Recommendation Letter Template

(71 KB)

Standard Production Budget Template (for Micro-Budget)

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Affidavit – Final Costs – budgets equal to or less than $250,000

(47 KB)

Audience Performance Report

(69 KB)


See offices contact information

Hutanu Tuturman, Elena Raluca

Sciortino, Carmela

Porter, Jennifer
Western Region

Voogt, Patricia
Atlantic Region