Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian film, television, video and multimedia industry. The Corporation acts as one of the government's principal instruments for providing strategic leverage to the Canadian private sector in these areas of activity.
Since it was established in 1967, Telefilm has been one of the leading catalysts for Canadian talent in the audiovisual field.
Telefilm has greatly encouraged the production and distribution of Canadian productions. Today, the Canadian audiovisual industry is one of the country's top-performing export sectors. The industry generates sizable economic activity and creates tens of thousands of jobs. Exports of Canadian audiovisual products totalled an estimated $1.4 billion dollars in 1995, including the value of service production in Canada.
Telefilm Canada provides financial support to high-quality cultural products in all project stages: research and development, production, distribution, marketing and promotion.
This support takes many forms: investments, loans and loan guarantees, advances, lines of credit and grants to Canadian festivals.
Keeping in mind the overall development of the industry, Telefilm promotes the Canadian industry and its products through festivals and international markets.
Telefilm Canada also administers international film and television co-production agreements on the Canadian government's behalf. In 1996, co-productions generated economic activity worth over $250 million, bringing the 10-year total to more than $1.5 billion.
Telefilm Canada encourages the production of film, television and multimedia works all across Canada.
The Corporation endeavours to allocate its budgets in a proportion of 2/3-1/3, respectively, between projects in English and in French. Toronto, Montr‚al, Vancouver and Halifax are the country's four major audiovisual production centres.
Telefilm Canada wants Canadians to have access to Canadian productions in both of the country's official languages. It therefore covers part of the cost of versioning Canadian works, which also furthers their export.
Telefilm Canada's head office is in Montréal. The Corporation also has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax and Paris.