Supporting documentary filmmakers to tell stories from B.C. and Alberta

Get to know us

We're always on the look out for established documentarians who are passionate about the power of local storytelling. Please read our detailed Producer & Pitch Submission Guidelines to learn more about our program and how to submit a pitch.

9 years

supporting local productions since 2014


investing into local stories and filmmakers


documentaries and docuseries episodes

What we do

We support the production of compelling, locally reflective, social purpose documentaries and documentary series that connect established, independent filmmakers in B.C. and Alberta from diverse identities and communities to local and global audiences. We prioritize representation in front of and behind the camera.

Learn more in our Producer Guidelines.

Where we do it

Our stories have global resonance, but they start close to home. All the stories we support are locally reflective of and relevant to communities across British Columbia and Alberta.

We provide funding in 15 communities across these two provinces.

What we fund

We have specific subject areas of interest connected to TELUS’ commitment to positive social impact in our communities. TELUS is interested in telling stories that fall within the following social impact categories:

  • Health and Well-being

  • Flourishing Communities

  • Environment/Sustainability

  • Connectivity/Technology

  • Food Systems and Security

We license a variety of formats including short, mid-length and feature documentaries, as well as short format documentary series.

Who we are

The TELUS original team is a group of people who are passionate about storytelling and represent decades of experience in the screen based industries.

When we accept pitches

TELUS originals accepts pitches for documentary production funding during an annual pitch intake window. Reviewing, evaluating and making greenlit decisions once annually provides producers with the most possible time for pre-, pro- and post-pro, while adhering to our CRTC conditions of license.

The 2023 pitch intake window is now closed. Please allow up to 8 weeks following the closing date of each intake window for TELUS originals to communicate funding decisions.

We anticipate the next pitch intake window will be in late summer-early fall of 2024; however, dates are still to be determined and will be announced in spring 2024.

Learn more

Review our Producer Guidelines

Review the Production Guidelines to determine whether your production is in accordance with the paramenters of our fund.

Review our Pitch Submission Guidelines

Review the Submission Guidelines to understand the expectations of pitching to TELUS originals.

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