Telefilm Micro-Budget Program – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget Production Program – DEADLINE EXTENDED to Jan. 23rd

AFCOOP is now accepting applications for another installment of the Telefilm Canada Micro-Budget Production Program. Telefilm’s Micro-Budget Program is a production opportunity for first-time feature filmmakers, with an emphasis on digital and online distribution models. Please see below for some important updates on the program.

Indigenous Component: In addition to the Main Component, AFCOOP is now accepting feature film and narrative web-based applications for the Indigenous Component. Please see the Telefilm Micro Budget Guidelines for more information about the two different components.

Extended Deadline: Telefilm has recently extended their deadline for applications from partners organizations like AFCOOP so we are in turn extending our deadline for submissions by one week until Jan. 23rd 11:59 2017.

The Telefilm Micro-Budget Program will provide financing for the development, production, digital distribution and promotion of a first feature-length film or other format of narrative-based audiovisual content made specifically for online distribution. Once completed, the projects must be made available to the public through one or more digital platforms (e.g. web portals, video portals such as YouTube or Netflix, video on demand, mobile platforms/devices, etc.).

As its name indicates, this program is for micro-budget productions, meaning those with budgets under $250,000. Telefilm will support eight to ten projects per year through a non-repayable financial contribution of up to $127,500 for feature films and narrative-based web projects of 75 minutes and more in total length. The contribution amount for narrative-based web projects under 75 minutes will be prorated based on the total number of minutes of the project, each full 10-minute segment providing access to $15,000 up to a maximum contribution of $112,500.

Telefilm’s financial contribution must be used to cover direct expenses relating to the development, production, postproduction, distribution and promotion of the project.

An amount of $7,500 of Telefilm’s total contribution amount must be reserved for the hiring of a digital marketing expert that will help applicants elaborate and put in place a promotion and digital marketing strategy for their project. Further, at least 15% of Telefilm’s total contribution amount (excluding the amount reserved for the hiring of the digital marketing expert) must be used for promotion and distribution expenses.

AFCOOP is eligible to recommend one feature film and one narrative web-based project for both the Main Component and the Indigenous Component.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Jan. 23rd, 11:59pm, 2017


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 must not have produced, directed or written a feature length film (i.e. 75 minutes or more).

AFCOOP Member / Alumni – For the Main Component all the key members (producer, writer and director) of all recommended projects must be either current AFCOOP members (Full, Associate or lifetime), recent graduates of the FILM 5 program (2011 and onwards) or others who have been closely affiliated with the co-op (taken part in a training program, volunteered on a committee etc.). If you are not currently an AFCOOP member, Associate Memberships can be purchased online or by contacting the AFCOOP office.

For the Indigenous Component it is not necessary that filmmakers be current members of AFCOOP or closely affiliated with the co-op, however teams must still meet the emerging criteria specified above.

To Submit

Please email your completed application form, required documents (PDFs only, please) and a link to your video pitch, trailer and support material by Jan. 23rd, 2017 at 11:59pm to:

Martha Cooley
Subject line: Telefilm Micro-Budget Program

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Please note that applications should be submitted in English (in addition to original language if submitting a project in a language other than English).

Applications to AFCOOP must include:

1) feature length script (or script for a narrative-based web project);

2) a video pitch of maximum 5 minutes that will:

  • identify the key creative team involved in the project and their individual track records;
  • state the project’s working title;
  • identify the genre, the type and the length of the project;
  • outline the creative team’s vision;
  • provide a synopsis of the story;
  • identify the target audience and present ideas on reaching and engaging the target audience through a digital marketing and social media strategy;

3) a trailer of the project, if available;

4) a link to previous work, if available;

5) a written synopsis of the project including a description of the creative team’s vision;

6) a promotion and distribution plan including a digital marketing and social media strategy. This plan should:

  • identify the target audience;
  • identify the goals for audience reach and engagement;
  • describe the release strategy;
  • identify the digital platform(s) on which the distribution of the project will be made;
  • describe how the project will be promoted on the chosen platforms;
  • enumerate the distribution and/or promotion partners that will be pursued;
  • identify the digital marketing expert that will assist the creative team (if this information is available at this stage);
  • add any other information deemed important regarding the promotion and distribution plan;

7) a production schedule (from pre-production to digital release);

8) total budget amount of the project including the amount allocated for the promotion and distribution of the project;

9) any other information that sets this project apart (eg: successful crowdfunding campaign, confirmed cameo by a well-known actor, established fan base on social media);


The evaluation of the projects submitted to AFCOOP and Telefilm will take into consideration the following elements:

  • the track record of the creative team;
  • the quality, originality, and innovativeness of the creative content;
  • the quality, originality, and innovativeness of the promotion and distribution strategy on digital platforms;
  • the complementary nature of all components of the project (i.e. content, production, distribution and promotion).

Guidelines and Application Form PDF

Guidelines and Application Form Word Doc.


Telefilm Micro-Budget Guidelines