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Pitch Submission Guidelines

During our last Pitch Intake Window, we asked Producers for the following information in the Pitch Submission Form. Please note, this may change in subsequent pitch intakes.

What to submit to us

  • Producer(s') First & Last Name(s)

  • Primary Contact Producer's First & Last Name

  • Primary Contact Producer's Email Address

  • Primary Contact Producer's Phone Number

  • Production Company name and Website URL (if available)

  • Project Title

  • Attestation: I have read, and I agree to be legally bound by the TELUS original Pitch Submission Release for the project named below

  • Is this the first time you've submitted this particular pitch to TELUS originals? If no, please outline any significant changes to the financing and/or creative materials from the previous submission below and then proceed with completing this pitch form with the most current information.

  • Logline (If submitting a docuseries, please enter a series logline.)

  • What is the estimated total run time of the project you're pitching? (For docuseries, please provide combined estimated total run time.)

  • What is the license amount your financing scenario anticipates from TELUS originals?

  • Does this project have a pending or confirmed second window presale? If so, from whom? (A second window presale is not required. Please note, Knowledge, TVO and APTN are the only allowable second window presales. TELUS does not come in for second windows.)

  • Please provide the development history of this project, including:

      • Source and amount of any development financing;

      • Description of existing rights agreements and/or clearances;

      • Confirmation of access to your subjects and/or subjects' ‘world,’ and/or your proposed pathway to access; and

      • A statement of your relationship to any underlying IP for your project.

  • With which social impact narrative pillar(s) does the production align with?

      • Health and Well-being

      • Flourishing Communities

      • Environment/Sustainability

      • Connectivity/Technology

      • Food Systems and Security

  • In which region will 80% or more of the film be shot? (We have 15 budgets, one for each of our CRTC designated regions across B.C. and Alberta. All our films are required by the CRTC to be primarily based in one of these regions. Example: If a pitch set in Prince George is funded, it will receive funding from that region's budget and is required to be locally reflective of this region with 80% or more of the filming set there. That means, 20% or less of the film can be shot anywhere else, including outside of B.C. or Alberta.)

      • B.C.'s Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Sea to Sky to the Sunshine Coast

      • Calgary Region

      • Campbell River, Comox Valley, Nanaimo to Duncan

      • Edmonton, Camrose, Hinton, Whitecourt, Namao, Vegreville

      • Fort McMurray and Fort MacKay

      • Greater Victoria Region

      • Grande Prarie, Peace River and Slave Lake

      • Kamloops

      • Kelowna

      • Medicine Hat

      • Penticton, Osoyoos, Trail to Creston

      • Prince George

      • Red Deer, Innisfail, Sylvan Lake and Ponoka

      • Vernon & Salmon Arm

  • Please upload a 3-8 page pitch document*, which clearly sets out the following:

      • Logline

      • Synopsis

      • Primary story focus, background, themes and approach

      • Confirmed or potential subjects

      • Key creative attachments

      • Director's statement

      • Visual references

      • Ethical storytelling considerations and approach

      • For docuseries, please include a short synopsis for each episode, as well as a sample episode structure.
        *Please note the max. file size is 50 MB.

  • Please upload your Financial & Budget information:

      • Preliminary budget top sheet

      • Finance structure

  • Please upload your proposed Production Schedule

  • Would you like to provide any video support materials? Please note, they are not required. If so, please enter the url and enter the password (if applicable)

  • Who is the target audience for this film?

  • If an audience development plan exists for this project, please upload it here. (Initial plans are okay. Please note, TELUS originals accepts marketing and publicity line items in production budgets.)

  • Is there anything else you would like to tell us?

  • Are there any other documents you would like to provide?

Tell us about your pitch

In 2024, TELUS originals will be accepting pitches through our Pitch Submission Form which will be open from June 3 to July 31, 2024.

If your pitch aligns with our updated Producer Guidelines, TELUS originals Production Executives are open to learning about it.

Producers are encouraged to connect with a TELUS originals Production Executive before submitting a pitch via one of these methods:

Register for our Ask us Anything session on May 22

Join the team for a brief overview of the TELUS originals program, ask questions during the Q&A session, and meet in a small group with Production Executives.

Email us a one-liner concept for feedback

Feel free to email us a one-liner concept pitch to [email protected] and we'll let you know whether we might be interested in it.

Book a 20 minute pitch meeting

We offer Producers 20 minute meetings to pitch their concept to a Production Executive for immediate, brief feedback.