Attention alumni and current participants: apply now to produce your first film through Telefilm Talent To Watch

Telefilm Talent to Watch

Rachel Young

Outreach and Engagement Lead

Are you a graduate from 2018 to 2022 or current participant of the National Screen Institute ready to develop your first feature film?

We are now accepting applications for Telefilm Talent to Watch. Apply by March 14 at 5 p.m. CT. Apply here.

Starting March 7, we’ll begin accepting project ideas for recommendation to the Telefilm Talent To Watch team.

Telefilm Talent To Watch 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.

Selected participants receive up to $250K in funding, and customized training and mentorship to turn their idea into reality.

The National Screen Institute is a partner organization and can make two project recommendations to Telefilm Canada through the Industry Stream.

If your project is selected for recommendation, we’ll work with you to refine your submission in advance of Telefilm’s April 19 to May 3 deadline. We’ll then provide an official letter of support to Telefilm Canada.

The National Screen Institute can recommend:

(1) one feature film or theatrical documentary project under the Main Component, and

(2) one feature film or theatrical documentary project under the Indigenous Component

To be eligible to submit your project to us, the project team’s director must be a National Screen Institute graduate from 2018 to 2022 or a current program participant. Graduates must have gone through one of our training programs; filmmakers whose films were selected for the NSI Online Short Film Festival are not eligible.

2018 to 2022 graduates from the following programs are eligible to apply: NSI IndigiDocs, NSI Art of Business Management, TikTok Accelerator for Indigenous Creators, NSI Business for Producers, NSI Features First, CBC New Indigenous Voices, NSI New Northern Voices, Manitoba Content Creators Development Accelerator, NSI Totally Television, TELUS STORYHIVE, NSI Market-Ready Producers.

The National Screen Institute’s submission window will be open for one week starting March 7 at 9 a.m. CT and will close March 14 at 5 p.m. CT.

To qualify for a recommendation from the National Screen Institute, the following items must be submitted through our application form:

1) Presentation video (YouTube or Vimeo link)

A downloadable pitch video (maximum five minutes) that will:

Note: the video must NOT include footage from other projects that are not the team’s own work.

2) Supporting material

The documents listed below must be provided as PDFs:

We strongly recommend you read Telefilm’s full guidelines and Essential Information Guide before applying.

Contact Jessica Gibson (, manager of programs and development at the National Screen Institute, with questions about submission requirements.

We invite every qualified current participant and graduate seeking a recommendation from the National Screen Institute to complete the application form and submit required documents during the submission window. Only complete applications will be accepted.

If you have general questions about the program, please contact Peggy Lainis ( at Telefilm Talent To Watch.

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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 from regional and remote areas and various religious groups.

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Rachel Young, Outreach and Engagement Lead

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.