WHO CAN APPLY

Up to 6 selected first-time women of color feature film directors/producers will work very closely with industry mentors to develop the creative, business and finance skills needed to master the complex and challenging world of feature film production.

Ultimately the participants will complete the incubator with a comprehensive business plan that will enable them to pitch their projects for funding.

As an Official Recommender, CineFAM will recommend two selected projects form the incubator for Telefilm’s Talent-To-Watch Program.

Previous mentors have included representatives from: Telefilm, Trinity Square Video, Urban Post Production, Bell Media, CTV, Harold Greenberg and more.

  • Synopsis of the project, maximum of 750 words, which includes the main story developments, and tells the basic story from beginning to end  
  • Director’s vision (up to three pages in length)
  • A promotion and distribution plan (up to two pages in length) which identifies the project’s audience (age, sex, sensibility, culture, etc.). It must also identify how the team will find and access this audience and why will they connect with the project;
  • Resumes of creative team (producer, writer and director) which will indicate training, education, experience, accolades, outline past projects and history of team collaboration;
  • A production schedule (from pre-production to digital release)
  • Feature film budget
  • Up to one page detailing any other information that sets this project apart (eg: personal connection to the story material, successful crowdfunding campaign, confirmed cameo by a well-known actor, established fan base on social media);
  • a completed screenplay
  • a link to previous work, if available;
  • All recommended projects must be emerging talent, i.e. they must have
    previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film, but cannot have previously held the same key position on a feature length film.
  • Key members must be Canadian citizens, within the definition of the Citizenship Act, or permanent residents within the definition of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
  • Projects must be fictional or documentary audiovisual projects produced in English, French or an Indigenous language that are either:  feature length films of 75 minutes or more; or any other type of narrative-based audiovisual content made in a format specifically designed for online audiences. These types of projects can be comprised of one or more segments which, in total, must be more than 10 minutes in length