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Talent to Watch Program

*Please Note*
This page contains information for the 2022 program which has now closed. Please stay tuned for new details on the 2023 program.

CineVic is pleased to return as a Designated Partner in the 2022 Telefilm Talent to Watch program! Members can apply for up to $250,000 toward production of fiction feature films or $150,000 for theatrical documentaries.

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, Ben Rollo, Jocelyn Russell)

Q  (Benjamin Musgrave, Dawn Bird, Dustin Griffin)

We want to keep the momentum going and help your project get the green light! As CineVic is the only Designated Partner in the Victoria region, this is a highly competitive program -- but well worth the effort with great odds at success.

• START by visiting the Talent to Watch website to read all the updated guidelines, list of required application items, and very helpful FAQ.

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


CineVic Member Application Deadline:

April 1st 2022 @ 11:59 pm

Important points to remember:

• CineVic is a designated partner under the Industry Partner Stream. (To inquire about the Festival Selection Stream or the Filmmaker Apply-Direct Streams, please contact Telefilm directly.)

• This program has two stages:

Recommendation stage: Applicants apply to CineVic, and our independent jury selects up to two projects -- one fiction feature film or theatrical documentary, and one Indigenous project -- to recommend to Telefilm.

Application stage: If the project(s) recommended by CineVic are selected by Telefilm to move forward, the creative team will then be asked to incorporate a company which will apply directly through the Telefilm portal.

• ALL key members of submitted projects (Director, Producer, Writer) must be emerging talent. Please see the Telefilm Guidelines and Essential Information Guide for the updated 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.

• In all aspects of your application, keep in mind Telefilm's commitment to "support greater equity and representation in storytelling, that reflects gender parity and diversity from various communities including Indigenous, Black, People of Colour, 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals, Gender-diverse identities and expressions, as well as People with Disabilities from all regions of the country."

• 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 rental from CineVic as both revenue and expense items in your budget. For selected projects, we will note this in-kind revenue as confirmed in our recommendation letter to Telefilm.

• CineVic will make our selection and may choose to offer feedback to the selected applicant(s) before we submit recommendations to Telefilm.

• Please note that the May 3 deadline mentioned on Telefilm's website is the deadline for CineVic to submit our recommendations. Your deadline to apply to CineVic is April 1.

To apply, send ONE LINK to a folder on cloud storage containing all of the required items to [email protected] BEFORE 11:59pm PT on Friday April 1st 2022.

(The Telefilm guidelines say that cloud folders are not allowed, but disregard that. We need a cloud folder to have all your materials in one place, then we submit the files to Telefilm.)

CineVic Member films funded through this program:

All-In Madonna

Esluna: The Crown of Babylon

The Hollow Child

The Devout

Two 4 One

Watch our informative presentation featuring past participants of the program: