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Talent to Watch

CineVic is pleased to return as an Industry Partner in the 2024 Telefilm Talent to Watch program! Current CineVic members can apply for up to $250,000 toward production of fiction feature films or $150,000 for documentaries.


PLEASE NOTE the information below is for the 2024 edition of this program, which has now closed.


START by visiting the Talent to Watch website to read all the updated Program Guidelines, Essential Information Guide, List of Required Documents, application templates, and more.

THEN make sure your CineVic Membership is up to date, and read more below for info on how to apply through CineVic.

Deadline for Members to Apply to CineVic:

April 14th 2024 @ 11:59pm PT

Notification of CineVic's Recommended Applicants:

April 23rd 2024

Deadline for Recommended Applicants to Apply to Telefilm:

April 30th 2024

Telefilm TTW 2024 Poster

Telefilm Talent to Watch
Expert Panel

Co-presented by
CineVic and Cineworks

Tuesday April 2nd 2024 @ 7:00pm PT

Click here for panel info & registration >>

Telefilm Talent to Watch
Information Session

Presented by Telefilm Canada

Thursday April 4th 2024 @ 12:00pm PT

Click here to RSVP >>

Important points to remember:

• CineVic is a designated Talent to Watch partner under the Industry Partner Stream. All information on this page pertains only to applicants who apply to this stream through CineVic. To inquire about the Festival Selection Stream or the Filmmaker Apply-Direct Stream, please contact Telefilm directly.

• This program has two stages:

Recommendation stage: Applicants apply directly to CineVic, and our independent jury selects up to three projects to recommend to Telefilm -- one in the Main component, one in the Indigenous component, and one in the Official Language Minority Community (OLMC) component.

Application stage: Applicants recommended by CineVic must then submit their own applications, along with CineVic's letter of recommendation, directly to Telefilm via the Dialogue portal.

• ALL key members of submitted projects (Director, Producer, Writer) must be emerging talent. Please see Telefilm's program guidelines for the definition of what qualifies as emerging talent.

• ALL key members of submitted projects (Director, Producer, Writer) must be current members of CineVic. The Director must be a Production Member, while the Producer and Writer may be General or Community Members. CineVic will prioritize projects submitted from members residing in the Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands region. Click here to activate or renew your membership, or contact us to check the status of your membership.

• CineVic will provide in-kind (free) equipment rental for member projects that are ultimately funded by Telefilm and go into production. Therefore you should include a realistic dollar amount of in-kind equipment rentals as both revenue and expense items in your budget.

• Applications will be assessed by an independent jury using Telefilm's evaluation grid to rank applications. The jury may choose to offer feedback to the recommended applicants only, to aid in their application to Telefilm.

• Please note the April 30th closing deadline mentioned on Telefilm's website is the deadline for recommended applicants to submit to Telefilm. Your deadline to apply to CineVic is April 14th 2024.


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To apply, upload all of the required application items to a single cloud folder and submit via this link: 

➡️  Apply Here  ⬅️

11:59pm PT on Sunday April 14th 2024

As CineVic is the only Industry Partner in the Victoria region, this is a highly competitive program -- but well worth the effort with great odds at success!

To date, 7 teams of CineVic members have been successful in this program and received Telefilm funding:

All-in Madonna (Arnold Lim, Ana de Lara, Susie Winters)
Esluna: The Crown of Babylon
  (Denver Jackson, Daniel Hogg)
Best Friend Me (Ana de Lara, Arnold Lim, Andy Swallow)
The Devout
 (Connor Gaston, Daniel Hogg, Amanda Verhagen)
Two 4 One  (Maureen Bradley, Daniel Hogg)
The Hollow Child  (Jeremy Lutter, Jocelyn Russell, Ben Rollo)

Q  (Benjamin Musgrave, Dawn Bird, Dustin Griffin)

CineVic Member films funded through this program:

All-In Madonna

Esluna: The Crown of Babylon

The Hollow Child

The Devout

Two 4 One