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TELEFILM CANADA FEATURE COMEDY EXCHANGE

Overview
Eligibility & Application

OVERVIEW

The Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange is a high-level cross-border project and business accelerator for producers and their feature comedy properties. This initiative builds traction for comedy projects by offering producers, writers and their creative teams access to respected creative counsel as well as financing and packaging expertise from key decision-makers and comedy experts.


IMPORTANT DATES

  • Applications are now closed
  • 2017/2018 Comedy Exchange: Late November 2017 to June 2018 (on a part-time basis)

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES & DESIGN

This program seeks to support Canadian feature comedies and teams with varying viewpoints, such as those of female filmmakers and culturally diverse filmmakers.

This exchange is a part-time, individually-tailored initiative for three teams and their projects per year. It provides producers, writers and their creative teams with expert support, elevates a project’s creative and marketplace potential, and builds momentum across borders and within the international marketplace.

Core Components

The Comedy Exchange is designed to:

  • Deliver targeted one-on-one access to key comedy experts
  • Advance the development and packaging of projects
  • Provide tailored marketing and promotional strategies
  • Broker countless creative and business opportunities
  • Help catalyze interest and investment in projects
  • Increase audience engagement and distribution potential

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, CHRO, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


PROGRAM PARTNER

IN COLLABORATION WITH

Eligibility & Application

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN

Producers, scriptwriter(s) and other key members of the development team must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Other eligibility requirements are:

PRODUCERS

We are looking for producers who ideally meet the eligibility requirements outlined in Section 1 of the 2017 Telefilm Canada Development Program Guidelines:

https://telefilm.ca/wp-content/uploads/guidelines-development-current.pdf

WRITERS

Writers must have demonstrated experience working as a professional writer, which includes credits for a produced screenplay, play, published novel; or who have episodes of produced work in TV and/or webseries: or who have secured development funding for prior film, TV or web based projects.

DIRECTORS

Directors must have a minimum of 90 minutes of produced work that has either been commercially distributed, broadcast, or featured on the web as a webseries with a significant following.

PROJECTS

Preference is given to projects that have received development support, whether it’s portfolio Telefilm funding or funding from another recognizable source. For example, if your project did not receive Telefilm funding but has received funding from another source, you are still eligible to apply.

For any questions concerning the Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange, please email Nafisa Murji at nmurji@cfccreates.com