So you’ve made a short or two and now you’ve got a feature film script that’s ready for camera? Well, Telefilm Canada recently announced the launch of their new Micro-Budget Production Program. The program targets emerging filmmaking talent and will support them in the production and release of their first feature-length film, with an emphasis on digital platforms and their potential for wide distribution and audience involvement.
As its name indicates, this program targets micro-budget productions, meaning those with budgets under $250,000. Its aim is to provide financial support for emerging filmmakers who wish to produce their first feature-length film.
Under the new program, Telefilm will support eight to ten projects this year, through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $120,000 per project. This contribution must be used to produce, distribute and promote a feature-length film that will be available to the general public through one or more distribution platforms, with a primary focus on digital platforms.
Projects that will ultimately be submitted to Telefilm for evaluation will be first identified and recommended by a diverse group of industry partners including AFCOOP. So, prior to submitting your final production application to Telefilm (those applications are due to Telefilm January 31, 2013), you will be required to obtain a letter of recommendation from AFCOOP. The catch is, AFCOOP can only write one letter of recommendation per year.
AFCOOP invites every qualified AFCOOP member or FILM 5 grad seeking a recommendation letter from AFCOOP to forward a complete Recommendation Phase Application to AFCOOP on or before Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 4PM for review by an AFCOOP assembled jury.
The project must be a fictional or a documentary feature length film destined for distribution to the public on one or more platforms. To be eligible, an applicant must be a student or a recent graduate of a production program such as FILM 5, or a recent member of a film cooperative including AFCOOP. If you’re a graduate of an AFCOOP program like FILM 5 from 2009 to now, or if you’ve been a member of AFCOOP from 2009 until now, you’re eligible to apply.
Applicants to the Recommendation Phase are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Micro-Budget Production Program Guidelines prior to applying to AFCOOP to ensure they and their project are fully eligible to apply to the Program. The Guidelines and FAQ available on Telefilm’s website.