Telefilm sets aside funding for projects by Canadian filmmakers from Indigenous communities. These projects will be assessed by an external jury having Indigenous representation. Applicant companies applying for funding under this Stream will have to show that:
* At least 51% of the project's copyright is held by a production company whose majority shareholder is Indigenous
* Two of the three key members of the creative team (producer, director or screenwriter) are Indigenous
In addition, Telefilm created an Indigenous Working Group to consult on priorities and action plans to help better support Indigenous creators.
Funding for Indigenous creators amounted to $5.3 million in 2017-2018, well surpassing the $4 million annual objective set by Telefilm. This includes commitments to support the Canadian Indigenous screen-based industry through the development, production and marketing of Indigenous content, as follows: Development $75,000 5 projects; Production $5.1 million 14 projects; Promotion $161,000 8 projects
USD 3.9 million
The multi-pronged approach to better supporting Indigenous creators is bearing positive results. There is an increased presence of Indigenous creators in the pipeline. In addition, there is a stronger more positive working rapport with Indigenous creators. In addition, Telefilm has begun prioritizing Indigenous representation in its workforce.
Lastly, Telefilm is committed to supporting the Indigenous Screen Office - a sustainable autonomous entity that will help indigenous creators amplify their voices and ensure a vibrant indigenous screen-based industry.