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12 December 2019

Talent to Watch 2020: Benefit from Forum RIDM's recommendation!

For a third year, Forum RIDM is a member of the Talent To Watch program preselection committee and will be able to recommend one documentary feature film project and one web documentary project to Telefilm Canada.

Forum RIDM invites emerging documentary creators to send their first documentary feature or web project, in order to be recommended for the Talents to Watch program. Filmmakers whose projects are selected will then be able to make an official submission to Telefilm Canada in the selective stream.

Please note that there is also the Festival Selection Stream and the Fast Track Stream. If you are eligible for these streams, a recommendation by a partner is not mandatory.
We ask that you first take a look at Telefilm Canada's Talent for Hire Program available here.

To be eligible to benefit from Forum RIDM's recommendation, you have to:
  • Have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film but cannot have previously held the same key position in a feature length film (documentary or fiction);

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident;

  • Have participated in one of the incubation activities held by the forum and the festival in the last 3 years (at least one member of the creative team).

Those activities are : First Pitch, Talent Lab, la Soirée de la relève ICI RDI, the Cuban Hat Pitch.

  • The recommended projects must be documentary audiovisual projects produced in French or English 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.


How to submit your project?
  • Being eligible according to Telefilm Canada program’s criteria and having filled out the online application form before January 20th, 2020, 12:00 pm (noon)

→ Upload the Program’s Guideline and check the eligibility criteria ( 1. Selective Stream)


  • Send us the following elements before January 20th, 2020, 12:00 pm (noon) :

- Resumes of each member of the creative team;

- Long synopsis (10 pages max.);

- Director’s intentions and cinematographic approach (5 pages max.);

- Estimated financial structure and budget;

- Draft of your promotional and distribution strategy.

About Talent to Watch 2020 - Téléfilm Canada

The Talent to Watch Program – Funding of First Feature Films and Web Projects from Emerging Filmmakers (the “Program”) aims to support a diverse array of emerging filmmakers, and accelerate their career development by giving them the opportunity, and the autonomy, to create their first feature film or web series.



***Please note that all dates and conditions could be changed with Telefilm Canada’s guidelines which are not yet public for 2019-2020***


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