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 online distribution models. NEW this year the program is also open to narrative-based web projects (webseries).

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. The contribution amount for narrative-based web projects will be prorated based on the total number of minutes of the project, each full 10-minute segment providing access to $15,000. The maximum contribution amount for narrative-based web projects is set at $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 competition at the national level. AFCOOP invites current AFCOOP members and/or recent FILM 5 grads (2011 and onwards) seeking a recommendation letter from AFCOOP to forward a complete Recommendation Phase Application to AFCOOP on or before Feb. 22nd at 11:59 for review by an AFCOOP assembled jury.

DEADLINE: Feb. 22nd, 11:59pm, 2016


1. Apply to AFCOOP by Feb. 22nd, 11:59pm, 2016
2. AFCOOP recommends one feature film and one web-based project to Telefilm by March 14th, 2016
3. Recommended teams resubmit their application to Telefilm via online portal by March 14th, 2016
4. Telefilm selects eight – ten projects from the national competition
5. Successful projects submit an official funding application to Telefilm (requiring incorporation documents etc.)


Emerging - The key members (producer, writer and director) of all recommended projects 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 – The key members (producer, writer and director) of all recommended projects must be either current AFCOOP members (Full, Associate or lifetime) or a recent graduate of the FILM 5 program (2011 and onwards). Please confirm your eligibility with AFCOOP prior to submitting your application (contact Martha

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 February 22nd, 11:59pm to:

Martha Cooley
Subject line: Telefilm Micro-Budget Program

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Application Form .docx
Application Form .pdf

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).

Visit the Telefilm website for more information.

Watch Telefilm Micro-Budget films from previous years:

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