No, really, you should. Ingrid Veninger – yep, that’s her – was just Tweeting from the Toronto conference, and it looks like Telefilm has a lot on the go that people in the industry should know about. (Ingrid’s tweets from the conference are posted below.)
Ruth Lawrence is going. Here’s why: “This consultation is a great way to learn from established filmmakers and a major funder. It sounds like a great opportunity- a creative exchange of ideas where Telefilm would say what they are interested in funding and filmmakers would say what they are interested in creating. But unless a wide range of people from the industry are there to contribute, that exchange will be limited. It’s very important now for local creators to have a voice in shaping our industry’s future and to encourage Telefilm’s contribution within it.”
The St. John’s Telefilm Canada Industry Information Meeting is taking place on January 30th, at 3:00 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel. You need to secure your spot, preferably today, by contacting Helene Comstock at firstname.lastname@example.org, (902) 426-8425 x2710 or 1-800-565-1773. More information about the sessions can be found here.
Here are Ingrid’s tweets, from her Twitter feed @punkfilmsnow:
Toronto @Telefilm_Canada Industry Conference is kicked-off by Anne Frank. Lots of producers in the crowd.
Michel Pradier has the mic now. @Telefilm_Canada wants to be less bureaucratic. Talking ‘new success index’ now #profilms
Allowing 1 applic per co/year. Revising eligibility-must have produced at least 1 feature in last 5 years. Want diversity #profilms
Focusing on revamping development @Telefilm_Canada currently 10 Dev. programs currently cost 1.5M to administer/year #profilms
Focussing on track records @Telefilm_Canada will remove creative content analysis & no development deadlines #profilms
Development is moving to envelope system: if co. made 1-2 films in last 5 years could be eligible for 75,000… #profilms
Opening floor for Q&A #profilms 1st question is what about exceptions for TV producers w feature projects in Dev? #profilms
Dave Forget answers Q’s & says guidelines will be out early Feb and in effect April. Docs not eligible for Dev. Slate funding #profilms
#profilms plans to respond to new guidelines in writing early next week @Telefilm_Canada says ok & says there have been extensive consults.
@Telefilm_Canada Not able to confirm Ontario allocation today #profilms
Benchmarks to calculate theatrical are generous. If features hit big screen co. is eligible. Box office $ will affect ranking
Talking about Micro-Budget now @Telefilm_Canada to support next generation. $100-$120k/project (max.) #profilms
Talking ‘Industry Promotion’ Program. One applic. per co./year. Will absorb current Alt. Distribution Fund #profilms
Other news ‘recoupable advance removes @Telefilm_Canada as participant in copyright ownership’ #profilms
The goal is to develop a portfolio that @Telefilm_Canada will ultimately want to fund in production #profilms
Ontario presentation just wrapped. If @Telefilm_Canada is doing this in a city near you -GO! And ask questions #profilms