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TELUS originals

Supporting independent filmmakers in B.C. & Alberta since 2014.

9 years

supporting local production since 2014

$21M+

invested into local stories and filmmakers

250+

documentaries & 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 to viewers from diverse identities and communities. We prioritize representation in front of and behind the camera.

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 21 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 Communitiesfsd - Environment/Sustainability - Connectivity/Technology - Food Systems and Securitywdslwdk We fund a variety of film formats including, feature length (70-85 minutes), broadcast hour (42-60 minutes), short docs (<30 minutes), and short format documentary series.

How we collaborate

The TELUS original team is a group of people who are passionate about storytelling, and represent decades of experience in the screen based industries. In all of our dealings with you, we adhere to a

When we accept pitches

TELUS originals accepts pitches for documentary production funding during two intake windows annually. Please allow up to 8 weeks following the closing date of each intake window for TELUS originals to communicate funding decisions. Pitch Intake Windows: - Fall 2022: Opens on September 1 and Closes on November 15 - Spring 2023: Opens on February 1 & Closes on April 30

Get started!

STEP 1: Review our Producer Guidelines

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

STEP 2: Review our Submission Guidelines

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

STEP 3: Complete the Submission Release Form

If your pitch is ready, complete the submission release form and proceed to booking a pitch meeting.

STEP 4: Book a Pitch Meeting

If your pitch is ready, complete the submission release form and proceed to booking a pitch meeting.