WIDC Mentorship Award
& Nomination to Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program

As determined by the CWWA Board, all WIDC Director alumnae are eligible to apply for this nomination. Application requirements are the same as on the Telefilm Canada website.

The Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch Program has aimed to support emerging filmmakers, accelerate their career development, and to allow them to develop an expertise in digital marketing and promotion of audiovisual projects.

Creative Women Workshops Association (CWWA) through our Women In the Director’s Chair (WIDC) program, is one of Telefilm Canada’s designated Talent to Watch nominating partners.

Applications for the WIDC nomination(s) will be adjudicated by a jury of WIDC peers.  The CWWA Board will submit the nomination(s) to Telefilm Canada along with the Nominee’s project portfolio (as provided by the nominee(s)), including the designated partner’s support letter.

To be eligible, at least one of the applicant team members MUST be a current participant or an alumna of the WIDC program. The director must be a woman. Only projects that are narrative live-action fiction will be considered. Scripts featuring a women or gender minority protagonist are preferred but not required.

In order to strengthen the chances of WIDC nominated projects being selected by Telefilm Canada in their internal adjudication process, the WIDC Nominee director and the project’s key creative team (writer, producer as the case may be) will be automatically awarded a WIDC  Mentorship, specially tailored to the needs of the team.  Once selected, the Nominee and team will receive support and guidance to hone their application materials. They will also be required to complete a WIDC mentorship agreement, and submit to WIDC, any additional supporting materials listed in the criteria if they have not already done so.


How to Apply:
By the deadline (per above), send link to a Dropbox folder (NOT Google or OneDrive) to: directors@widc.ca

Include in the Dropbox:
– brief cover letter (to WIDC jury, why WIDC is the partner you would like to nominate you)
– cover letter to Telefilm (why this project, why you are the one to tell this story, special features and benefits of this project)
– screenplay
– video presentation (see Telefilm guidelines for more details)
– synopsis (750 words max)
– director’s vision (up to 3 pages)
– promo & distribution plan (up to 2 pages)
– creative team filmography (use Telefilm template from their web site)
– top sheet budget (use Telefilm template from their web site)

N.B. The Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch program, criteria and deadlines are all subject to change and/or cancellation at the sole discretion of Telefilm Canada.  WIDC reserves the right to change any part of or cancel this WIDC Award accordingly.

Further, while Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch is open to both narrative fiction and documentary formats, it should be noted that the WIDC program focuses on narrative fiction project development.