Call for mentors: Telefilm Talent to Watch Program

Telefilm Talent to Watch

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Are you an experienced Canadian producer who is passionate about storytelling and developing the skills of emerging filmmakers?

The National Screen Institute and Telefilm Canada are seeking experienced Canadian producers to apply as mentors for the Telefilm Talent to Watch Program mentorship component.

This mentorship component will provide Talent to Watch participants with the space to ask questions and learn from industry professionals who have a passion for developing Canadian storytellers.

The Telefilm Talent to Watch Program aims to support a diverse array of emerging filmmakers and accelerate their career development by providing the opportunity and autonomy to create their first feature film.

Interested in this opportunity? Apply now! Application deadline is August 15.

Mentors must be experienced producers who are – or have been – actively involved in the production and distribution of independent micro-budget shorts and / or feature films.

Mentors will be selected based on experience with care taken to match filmmakers with mentors who have relevant expertise which meets the individual needs of participants.

Selected mentors will guide Talent to Watch filmmakers through all stages of production and delivery of their films.

Mentoring will be carried out in whichever way best suits all parties (through email / phone / in-person / Zoom etc.). Remuneration will be provided, exact dates and time commitment are to be determined.

Questions about this opportunity? Jessica Gibson, the Talent to Watch Mentorship Program manager, is happy to answer any questions you may have. Contact her at: je************@ns********.ca.


If I have already been a mentor with the National Screen Institute, do I have to fill out an application?

Yes. Filling out an application will help our team gather the same data for all potential mentors and make the best mentor match with the Talent to Watch teams.

Will mentors be paid?


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About the National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)

Propelled by a visionary network of donors, private and public organizations, board members and staff, the National Screen Institute supports creators from across Canada to tell unforgettable stories. Through industry-informed training and mentoring in film, television and digital media, students and alumni find their voice and place on the global stage, inspiring us to shape a better world.

We are committed to training participants from a diverse community of voices including Black, Indigenous, People of Colour, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning and two-spirit (LGBTQ2S+), people with disabilities, those outside large urban centres, those in regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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The National Screen Institute is supported by: Core Funders: Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage, the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council; Benefactors: TELUS, Telefilm Canada, Canada Media Fund (CMF), Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE); Patrons: CBC, Creative Saskatchewan; Builders: APTN, TikTok Canada, Indigenous Screen Office (ISO), The Winnipeg Foundation; Indigenous Training Programs Partner: Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsors: Manitoba Film & Music, Bell Media, RBC Emerging Artists, documentary Channel, CBC Gem, Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD), Alberta Film Commission, Manitoba Arts Council; Industry Partner: National Film Board of Canada; Friends: Ontario Creates, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), Bell Fund, Stantec, William F. White International, Company 3.