Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program: Lessons Learned Info Session


The Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films from Emerging Filmmakers aims to support a diverse array of emerging filmmakers. The intended outcome of this Program is to discover and develop the next generation of Canadian filmmakers, and to allow them to establish their voice and sensibility through a first feature.

The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival is a Designated Industry Partner in the Talent To Watch Program. One feature film project (or theatrical documentary) may be selected by Reel Asian to develop and recommend for Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program.

Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program: Lessons Learned

Date: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Time: 7pm to 8:30pm
Zoom Link: link will be sent to the registrants one hour prior to the event start time

Hear from talented filmmakers who’ve made their First Feature Film through Telefilm Canada’s Talent To Watch program (formerly Micro Budget Program). This digital session aims to provide advice, tips and lessons learned from three filmmakers’ experience making a first feature film. Please join us for an informative talk with Randall Okita, Priscilla Galvez, and Martin Edralin.

This conversation is a great opportunity for filmmakers to learn about the process of making a first feature film, regardless of their intention of applying to Telefilm Canada’s Talent to Watch Program this year. The three filmmakers at this session will be able to provide invaluable advice from their experience making a first feature film, and how to build on that momentum by adding to their filmography.

This session is particularly helpful for short film directors, for screenwriters and for those artists who are curious about taking their career to the next level.

Meet the three filmmakers who’ll be speaking at this session:

Randall Okita’s first feature The Lockpicker was produced through Telefilm Canada’s Talent To Watch program, and had its Toronto premiere at the 2016 Reel Asian Film Festival. His second feature SEE FOR ME is currently playing in theatres.

Islands directed by Martin Edralin and produced by Priscilla Galvez is a first feature film produced through Telefilm Canada’s Talent To Watch Program and the Opening Night Film of the 2021 Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival.

*This is not the application for Talent to Watch. Details on the Talent to Watch partner stream applications below


Randall Okita
Director, The Lockpicker

Randall Okita is a Japanese Canadian artist and filmmaker known for creating work that involves rich visual language and innovative approaches to storytelling. His work has been shown in group and solo exhibitions, awarded internationally, and screened around the world. Recent work includes directing the feature film See for Me (Tribeca, BFI, VIFF), the virtual reality experience The Book of Distance (Sundance, Venice, Tribeca), and showing A Place Between, a solo exhibition of artwork at the Prince Takamado Gallery in Tokyo. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Okita lives and works in Toronto and Japan.

Martin Edralin
Director, Islands

Martin Edralin is a Filipino Canadian, Toronto-based filmmaker. His first short film, Hole (2014), won the grand prize at Clermont-Ferrand, jury prizes at Locarno and Seattle, and screened at Sundance, TIFF, and BFI London. His second short, Emma (2016), was selected in TIFF’s Canada’s Top Ten and won Best Live Action Short at the Rhode Island IFF. Islands is his debut feature film.

Priscilla Galvez
Producer, Islands

Priscilla Galvez is a producer based in Toronto, Canada. She began her career as an Associate Producer at Blue Ice Pictures before founding the production company Silent Tower in 2018, where she has produced work for the Canadian Broadcasting Company, PBS POV, The New Yorker and Hulu. Most recently, she produced the award-winning documentary short Sing Me a Lullaby, directed by Tiffany Hsiung and the feature film debut Islands by Martin Edralin. 

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