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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.
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival – Telefilm’s Talent to Watch Program Application Eligibility Guidelines*
*The following eligibility requirements are in addition to Telefilm’s Talent To Watch Program guidelines. Before submitting to Reel Asian, review ALL of Telefilm’s guidelines to make sure you qualify.
**Note: If your screening window falls outside the six-years window, please contact email@example.com
MANDATORY ELEMENTS CHECKLIST
Items #1-5 outline what is required by Telefilm. It is your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the program’s requirements, which can be viewed here: https://telefilm.ca/en/financing/talent-to-watch
Reel Asian will not review applications that do not include all the Telefilm-required documents
Note: If you have a relationship with Reel Asian that is outside the two categories above (filmmaker, pitch or unsung voices), please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with “Talent to Watch” and your project title in the subject line
Are you planning to apply via other Industry partners and/or the Direct Stream? If yes, please specify which other industry partners in our application at the bottom.
Notes: To submit the video, embed the link in a word document. The video must NOT include footage from other projects that are not the team’s own work.
***Reel Asian does not require a full screenplay for its application but if selected for development and recommendation note that Telefilm requires a full screenplay that must be submitted. For Reel Asian’s review, please provide an excerpt(s) (7-15 pages) that represent(s) your full screenplay. Please include a brief statement (2-3 sentences) that provides context to each of the excerpt(s) of the screenplay you are submitting. The excerpt(s) could be the beginning of the script, a scene, or a couple scenes that you feel best represent your larger screenplay and your voice.
Only one member of your creative team must fill out the application via our intake form.
Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions! We look forward to your applications.
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