Telefilm Canada’s training programs (www.telefilm.gc.ca):
- Spark Plug Program: Through this program, Telefilm Canada seeks to strengthen the abilities of talented, mid-to advanced-career visible minority and Aboriginal producers who have an interest in developing dramatic television programming for broadcast in Canada. It is delivered in both official languages and it includes funds for Banff fellowships, professional development, project development and audience development.
- Industrial and Professional Development Fund (IPDF): Approximately $500,000 is available in the Industrial Professional Development Fund (IPDF) to provide grants to organizations active within the industry to deliver high caliber mid-career training. Support available through the IPDF is aimed at improving the global competitiveness of Canadian production companies as well as individual producers, writers and directors in the creation of original Canadian programming. There are two specific programs of note that have been funded recently through the IPDF:
- CFTPA Mentoring Program (www.cftpa.ca): This program gives members of visible minority groups and people of Aboriginal descent the opportunity to gain production experience. The emphasis of this initiative is direct involvement in producing, while creating enhanced professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-level professionals – The program helps create employment prospects for participants, gives them production credits, solidifies their skills; and allows them to compete for mid-level positions in the sector.
- Indie Film Lounge (www.reelworld.ca): Launched in September 2002, the Indie Film Lounge was conceived as a two-day symposium to open doors for emerging filmmakers from ethnic communities, while introducing them to established members of the Canadian and international film community. The event is held in September, which is an especially important month for Toronto with many international and national industry professionals descending on the city to attend the Toronto International Film Festival.
Canada Showcase (www.telefilm.gc.ca): This program is aimed at increasing the awareness of high-quality Canadian works at Canadian festivals, more specifically films (including short films), television programming and new media projects. Canada Showcase further seeks to encourage opportunities to celebrate, showcase and market Canadian works at festivals that are international, national or regional in scope. In recent years, Telefilm has, through this program, supported a number of festivals listed below that have taken place across Canada:
- Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival;
- Gimli Film Festival;
- Reel World Film Festival ( Toronto);
- Global vision International Documentary Festival ( Edmonton);
- Flicks Children’s Festival ( Saskatoon);
- Freeze Frame Children’s Festival ( Winnipeg);
- Dragons and Tigers ( Vancouver International Film Festival);
- Vues d’Afrique ( Montreal)
Official coproduction ( www.telefilm.gc.ca ): Telefilm certifies official coproductions and actively supports programs that encourage partnerships through its international relations activities, such as its well-known Coproduction Immersions. Coproduction agreements enable Canadian producers and their foreign counterparts to pool their creative, artistic, technical and financial resources to coproduce films and television programs that enjoy the status of national productions in each of the countries concerned. Coproduction is also an important way for Canada to build bridges around the world and encourages diversity of storytelling about Canada around the world. At present, Canadian producers may create joint works with their counterparts in more than 50 countries.