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Telefilm Producer Trainee Program

by NationTalk on April 21, 2008572 Views

This program gives members of visible minority groups and people of aboriginal descent the opportunity to gain above-the-line production experience. The program emphasizes one-on-one mentoring in a production environment, creating enhanced professional development opportunities for emerging and mid-level professionals. Their on-the-job training creates employment prospects, gives participants production credits, solidifies their skills, and allows them to compete for mid-level positions in the sector.Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides financial support to the private sector to create distinctively Canadian productions that appeal to domestic and international audiences. The Corporation also administers the funding programs of the Canadian Television Fund.

Deadline: May 15, 2008
Spots Available: 6
Duration of Placement: 26 weeks
Intern Stipend: $14,000 (minimum);
$7,000 from the Program and minimum $7,000 from mentor
Age: No age limit
Eligibility: Click for intern eligibility or mentor eligibility

Selection Process
A selection panel established and supervised by the CFTPA NMP and Telefilm will select the placements.

Intern Selection Guideline Template
Mentor Selection Guideline Template

Intern Requirements

Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents legally entitled to work in Canada
Cannot be an employee, family member, or current CFTPA participant of the mentor company
Must be member of a visible minority group or of aboriginal descent
Must be co-applying with a mentor company. Unmatched applications will not be accepted
The application package must include four (4) copies of each of the following:

Completed application form
Letter of intent describing how the internship will further your career
Current résumé
At least 2 reference letters from past employers or instructors
Mentor Requirements

An eligible member of the Canadian Film and Television Production Association (CFTPA) at the time of application. Eligible companies must be CFTPA members and fall under one of the following CFTPA categories: general member, service producer, broadcaster affiliate or publicly traded
The mentor company will be responsible for providing career assistance, feedback, guidance during, and debriefing following the completion of the placement
The mentor company must contribute a minimum of $7,000 toward the participant stipend
A mentor applicant cannot be an employer, family member, or current CFTPA mentor of the participant whom he/she is submitting a joint application
Must be co-applying with an intern candidate. Unmatched applications will not be accepted
Must be in production for the proposed duration of the training
The training position must be in producing, on a fully financed project that is going to be in production during the placement
The application package must include four (4) copies of each of the following:

Completed application form
Letter of intent describing why the company wants to mentor an intern, how the company would mentor, what the position of the intern would be, and what the intern would accomplish with the company
Name, title, and qualifications of the mentor(s)
A detailed training schedule
Proposed dates for the placement
Synopsis of the production(s) the intern would be working on
Proof of financing for specific projects the intern would work on
Proof of financing for the intern’s stipend

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