Telefilm’s Micro-Budget Production Program

AFCOOP is pleased to announce that Telefilm Canada has launched another year of funding for their Micro-Budget Production Program. The Micro-Budget Program is a production opportunity for first time feature-filmmakers, with an emphasis on digital and on line distribution models.

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 $120,000 per project. This contribution is for the development, production, distribution and promotion of a first feature- length film. Once completed, the projects must be made available to the public on one or more distribution platforms. The main distribution of the project must be made on a digital platform (e.g. web portals, video portals such as YouTube or Netflix, video on demand, mobile platforms/devices, etc.).

AFCOOP is eligible to recommend one team and project for competition at the national level. AFCOOP invites current AFCOOP members and/or recent FILM 5 grads (20120 and onwards) seeking a recommendation letter from AFCOOP to forward a complete Recommendation Phase Application to AFCOOP on or before Feb. 13th at 11:59 for review by an AFCOOP assembled jury.

DEADLINE: Feb. 13th 11:59pm 2015


Word Doc: AFCOOP Application | Telefilm Micro-Budget 2015

PDF: AFCOOP Application | Telefilm Micro-Budget 2015

- Project must be either a fictional or a documentary feature length film produced in English, French or an Aboriginal language, destined for distribution to the public on one or more platforms with the main distribution being made on a digital platform;
– The project’s maximum budget must not be higher than $250,000.

- Team must be comprised of a writer, director and producer (could be three people or two);
All Team members must be 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);
All team members must be either recent FILM 5 graduates (2010 and onwards), or current AFCOOP members (Associate or Full Members)*

*To register for an Associate Member simply contact the AFCOOP office: 902 405 4474

If you have any questions about the Recommendation Phase please contact Martha Cooley at AFCOOP at 902-405-4474 x 3 or:

The following must be submitted to AFCOOP by Feb. 13th 2015. If your project receive AFCOOP’s nomination there will be time to revise your documents and materials before final submission to the National competition.

1. A feature length script
2. A 3 to 5 minute video pitch 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, 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;
3. A trailer of the project, if available;
4. A link to previous work, if available;
5. A written synopsis of the project (approx. 1 page or less)
6. A description of the creative team’s vision (1 – 2 pages);
7.  A promotion and distribution plan for the project. The 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 main 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, provide the budget for the promotion and distribution plan, add any other information deemed important regarding the promotion and distribution plan;
8. The timeline for production;
9.  The total budget of the project broken down in four categories: development costs, production costs, postproduction costs, promotion and distribution costs;
10. The project’s financial structure.

Please email your completed application form, required documents (PDFs only please) and a link to your video pitch, trailer and support material by Friday, February 13th at 11:59pm to:

Martha Cooley
Subject line: Telefilm Micro-Budget Program


Distribution and Promotion
Worry about distribution now! One of Telefilm’s main priorities with this program is to support new distribution models and platforms so put time and effort into your promotion and distribution plan.

Note that the recommended project must conform to the Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB) Code of Ethics and to all other programming standards endorsed by the CAB or the CRTC, and not contain any element that is an offence under the Criminal Code, is libellous or in any other way unlawful.

Telefilm’s Objectives
This Program intends to:
– encourage and support emerging Canadian filmmakers;
– stimulate the use of new digital distribution platforms and increase audience access to the works of new Canadian talent;
– encourage innovation and creativity at all stages of the development, production, distribution and promotion processes;
– help applicants build their portfolios.

Telefilm’s Evaluation Criteria
Projects will be evaluated based on:
– 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);
– the feasibility of the project in terms of, among other things, support provided to the project, scope, timeline, production budget, promotion budget, and financial structure.


Word Doc: AFCOOP Application | Telefilm Micro-Budget 2015

PDF: AFCOOP Application | Telefilm Micro-Budget 2015

Check out Past Micro-Budget Projects for inspiration:

Valley Below by Kyle Thomas
Cast No Shadow by Christian Sparkes
What We Have  by Maxime Desmonds
The Editor  by Adam Brooks
Two 4 One by Maureen Bradley