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Funding of Micro-Budget Projects from Emerging Filmmakers

SAW Video's deadline: Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59pm.

SAW Video is a designated partner for Telefilm's Micro-Budget Production Program.  The program aims to stimulate the use fo new digital distribution platformsb by emerging filmmakers and to allow these filmmakers to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.  The Program provides financing for the development, production, digital distribution and promotion of a first feature-length film or other format of narrative-based audiovisual content made specifically for online distribution.

Prospective creative teams must apply to a designated partner of the program who in turn recommend projects to Telefilm.  SAW Video is a recommender for both the Main Component and the Aboriginal Component.

Telefilm's funding will be in the form of a non-repayable financial contribution that may cover up to 100% of the project's financing. the maximum contribution amount is set at $127,500 for feature films and for narrative based web projects of 75 minutes and more in total length. (For all projects, an amount of $7,500 of Telefilm's total contribution must be reserved for the hiring of a digital marketing expert.)

For Microbudget Guidelines /FAQs click here

 
Telefilm’s Evaluation Criteria
 
Projects will be evaluated on:
– the track record of the creative team;

– the quality, originality, and innovativeness of the creative content;

– the quality, originality, and innovativeness of the promotion and distribution strategy on digital platforms;

– the complementary nature of all components of the project (i.e. content, production, distribution and promotion)
 

The recommended projects must be either fictional or documentary audiovisual projects produced in English, French or an Aboriginal 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.  Please consult the FAQ for more details.

All projects must be distributed on one or more digital platforms and their maximum budget must not be higher than $250,000.

ELIGIBILITY: ALL key members (writer, director, producer) must be emerging talent, i.e. they must already have produced, directed and/or written at least one short film (30 minutes or less) but must not have produced, directed, or written a feature length film (75 minutes or more).

All key members must also be active members of SAW Video at the time of application. Active members are people who have participated in workshops, programs and/or other training initiatives offered by the SAW Video in the last three years measured from the date of recommendation to Telefilm under this Program.

ABORIGINAL COMPONENT: SAW Video is also a partner for the Aboriginal component. To be eligible for this component all key members (writer, director, producer) must be active members of SAW Video. For the Aboriginal component only, applicant eligibility is also extended to members of NIMAC (National Indigenous Media Art Coalition), who is an organizational member of SAW Video.  All key members must be self-identified Aboriginals.

Your application to SAW Video must include:

The entire Telefilm application and related documents including:
•    a video pitch (5 minutes maximum)
•    a trailer of the project, if available
•    a link to previous work, if available
•    a written synopsis of the project including a description of the creative team's vision
•    resumés of key team members that confirms SAW Video membership (3 page max.)
•    the full script (narrative) or treatment (documentary)
•    a promotion and distribution plan for the project including a digital marketing and social media strategy
•    a production schedule (from pre-production to digital release)
•    the total budget for the project including the amount allocated for the promotion and distribution of the project;
•    any other information that sets this project apart.
 

To submit your application, please send by email the required documents (PDFs only please) and links to your video pitch, trailer and support material by Wednesday, January 18th at 11:59pm to penny@sawvideo.com.  Please put Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program Application in the subject heading of your email and please specify whether you are submitting to the Main Component or the Aboriginal Component.

SAW Video contact :

Penny McCann, Director penny@sawvideo.com

613 238-7648

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