Telefilm Canada's PITCH THIS! Application - 2017

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Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! returns for its 18th consecutive year at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. This is your chance to bring a feature film project to life. All genres and styles of presentation are permitted. The most original and compelling story will be awarded a prize of $15,000. Six teams will have six minutes to pitch their feature film idea to a live audience of industry delegates and a jury of development and production experts.


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Applicants need to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. At least one of the pitch team members needs to meet one of the following criteria:
  1. Alumni of Talent Lab at the Toronto International Film FestivalÍž

  2. Alumni or Participant in TIFF Studio;

  3. Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for a previous edition of the Toronto International Film FestivalÍž

  4. Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for a previous edition of Canada's Top TenÍž

  5. Director or Producer of a short or feature film selected for one of the following major Canadian film festivals OR a major international film festival:

    1. Atlantic Film Festival

    2. Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival

    3. Montreal World Film Festival

    4. Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Montreal

    5. Sudbury Film Festival

    6. Calgary International Film Festival

    7. Edmonton Film Festival

    8. Vancouver International Film Festival

    9. Whistler Film Festival

    10. TIFF Kids International Film Festival for Children

    11. TIFF Next Wave Festival

    12. Any major International Film Festival

Please provide the name(s) of the team member(s) who fulfill the eligibility criteria; and the name of the major international film festival your films has played at, if applicable.


  • ONE submission per applicant.

  • Applicants must not have more than three feature films to their credit, in order to be eligible.

  • Please note that finalists of the 2016 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! competition are not eligible to apply for this year's event.

  • The cost of travel to Toronto is the responsibility of the individual.

  • Applications must be submitted in English.

Application deadline is Monday, June 19, 2017.


A jury of industry professionals will review all applications and select six teams to participate in the final competition. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by 31 July 2017.

Selected teams will have the month of August to prepare for the competition in September and will be assigned a veteran industry insider as a pitching coach. Selected finalists will also receive a complimentary Industry Pass to the Toronto International Film Festival.


The winning team will be required to include the following credit line and the logo of the Toronto International Film Festival in their film credits:

"This film was made possible in part through Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! at the Toronto International Film Festival."


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Participant Personal Information

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Team Member # 2 Personal Information

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Please provide information on the project cost of the film in the feilds below. All figures must be in $ CAD


Please provide information on your confirmed sources of financing

NOTE: If you do not have any financing secured, it will not have an impact on your application