Telefilm Canada is a funding organization that the Canadian government created in 1967 to support Canadian film. Telefilm Canada productions have garnered critical success at home and abroad and have enjoyed increasing commercial successes with their French-language productions and their international coproductions. Telefilm Canada’s projects now include television and digital content. Critics have questioned Telefilm Canada’s administration of funding on the grounds of gender, region, language, and/or Canadian content. The organization has responded with initiatives that emphasize gender, cultural, and Indigenous visibility and by introducing alternate measures of success. This entry provides an overview of Telefilm Canada’s history, discusses its challenges, and outlines the organization’s initiatives and the resulting implications.

A Brief History

The Government of Canada created the Canadian Film Development Corporation (CFDC) in 1967 ...

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