Created in 2012, the Talent Fund allows corporations and individuals
to support the Canadian audiovisual industry.

It supports the discovery and progression of talent in three ways:

First feature film
through the Micro-Budget Production Program

Projects of merit

Promotion of Canadian content and talent

In fiscal 2015-2016

15 micro-budget films

were supported by the Talent Fund.

Two animated films

of merit received support from the Talent Fund:

The Breadwinner, based on the best-selling novel by Canadian Deborah Ellis. The upcoming film is a coproduction with Ireland and Luxembourg and includes Angelina Jolie as an executive producer.

Mission Yéti, an animated adventure that has already sold in over 25 countries.

Promotional initiatives
supported include:

  • My French Film Festival
  • The screening of Canada’s Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film
  • The SP:RI:NT Pré-Gala initiative – which saw nearly 20,000 downloads in 72 hours of films in nomination at the Gala du cinéma québécois
  • The Shortest Day – which screened Canadian short films at over 90 venues across the country

“Thank you to the Talent Fund for letting me follow my dream. I’m having the time of my life making films. I honestly couldn’t be doing it without your support and I’m forever grateful.”

— AMY JO JOHNSON (Director)

The Fund is led by an advisory committee of business and community leaders from across the country and chaired by Hartley T. Richardson. Committee members have demonstrated their profound dedication to the Fund’s success, for which Telefilm and its stakeholders are truly grateful. Following are the members of the committee:

Hartley T. Richardson,
Hartley T. Richardson,

C.M., O.M., LL.D
Chair, Talent Fund
Advisory Committee
President & CEO,
James Richardson
& Sons, Limited

David Aisenstat
David Aisenstat

Owner & CEO,
Keg Restaurants Ltd.
(British Columbia)

John Bitove
John Bitove

CEO, Obelysk Inc.

Mark Dobbin
Mark Dobbin

Founder & President,
Killick Capital Inc.
and Labrador)

Margaret Anne Fountain
Margaret Anne Fountain

Philanthropist and
art activist
(Nova Scotia)

Dr. Anil Gupta
Dr. Anil Gupta

Medical Director of Clinical Cardiology, Trillium Health Centre (Ontario)

Carol R. Hill
Carol R. Hill

Director of Communications
for Harvard Developments Inc.,
A Hill Company (Saskatchewan)

Christine Magee
Christine Magee

Executive Co-Chair
of Sleep Country Canada

Sandi Treliving
Sandi Treliving

Philanthropist and board member of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation (British Columbia)

The Micro-Budget
Production Program

Cast No Shadow
Fire Song
Le Dep
The Devout
The Space Between

Special thanks to our principal partners