Behind the Screen

Discover Telefilm's Microbudget Program

Year 2016
Runtime 60 mins

Tuscany Room (Ramada Plaza Downtown Calgary708 8th Avenue SW.

You can RSVP for this free event here!

Join us and find out all about Telefilm's Microbudget program.

Aiming to increase digital distribution skills and filmmaking expertise, the program's goal is to fund first-time feature films or other media that are intended to be released digitally. It allows emerging filmmakers to have a broader reach and a far wider audience than they would otherwise have.

We've lined up all the people you'll want to talk to in order to get in on this incredible funding opportunity. Joining us will be Lauren Davis from Telefilm, Barry Thorson from The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, and Matt and Scott of the Alberta Filmmakers podcast - themselves two recipients of the program's funding, which has allowed them to go into production. Pop by the delegate lounge for the recording of this special podcast and find out everything you need to do to access the funding you need to make your projects a reality.


As Telefilm Canada’s Regional Feature Film Executive for the Western region, Lauren is responsible for supporting emerging talent through production and post-production investments in lower-budget feature films. Lauren joined Telefilm in 1998 after having worked as an independent producer. Over the last 15 years, she has held a number of management positions within the television, feature film and business-process management teams. Lauren is based in Telefilm’s Vancouver office.

After over 20 years in the theatre/film industry as an actor, director, writer and instructor, Barry flew through space as Manager of the Digital Dome Theatre at TELUS Spark Science Centre before joining the CSIF team as Executive Director in February of 2016.

Matt was born in Edmonton and attended Victoria School of the Arts, where he discovered the power of video production. Armed with a focused goal of producing and directing films, Matt entered SAIT Polytechnic’s Film & Video Production Program where he met Scott Westby. With the program’s committed instructors and talented, inspiring students, Matt graduated with a powerful understanding of Film, Television and Video production in Alberta. During his final year at SAIT, Matt was selected by Canada’s 7th largest production company, SEVEN24 Films, as a practicum student.

Scott is a writer, director, producer and co-founder of Full Swing Productions in Calgary. He graduated from the SAIT Film & Video Production Program in 2008, and was a participant in the 2014 NSI Features First Program, the first Calgary screenwriter in the program in 16 years. Scott is on his third year on the board of directors of the CSIF, and also sits on the editorial and advisory board for LUMA. Scott has written, directed and produced several short films, web series and commercials, is a co-creator and host of the Alberta Filmmakers Podcast, and is currently producing his first feature film IN PLAINVIEW, a recipient of the 2016 Telefilm Microbudget Program.