Telefilm Canada Marketing Mentorship Program

At a glance

Spots available
Duration of placement
20 weeks (must be completed by March 16, 2018)
Trainee stipend
$13,000 (minimum)
$6,500 from the mentor company
$6,500 from the program
Must have some experience in marketing, promotion and/or social media campaign management
No age restriction
Available across Canada

About the program

In partnership with Telefilm Canada, this mentorship program gives CMPA members the chance to gain a competitive advantage by working with an emerging or mid-level marketing professional. These professionals will promote Canadian content and talent, and spur public awareness of quality Canadian productions across all platforms. Under the personal guidance of seasoned industry professionals, participants will further their knowledge, enhance their skill sets, develop their business and creative abilities and increase their potential for career advancement in the independent production sector. Placements must focus on corporate promotion or marketing of member properties.

Trainee eligibility

  • Open to Canadian citizens or permanent residents legally entitled to work in Canada.

  • Must have some experience in marketing, promotion and/or social media campaign management.

  • Cannot be an employee or family member of the mentor company.

  • Must be co-applying with a mentor company.

Mentor company eligibility

  • Must be a member of the CMPA.

  • Must contribute a minimum of $6,500 toward the trainee stipend.

  • Cannot be an employer or family member of the participant with whom he/she is submitting a joint application.

  • Must be co-applying with an intern candidate. Unmatched applications will not be accepted.

Application process

We only accept applications via our online application portal. Please note that applicants will be required to upload the following documents during the process:



Selection process

A selection panel established and supervised by the CMPA and Telefilm will award placements. The panel’s decisions on the awarded placements will be final.

The selection panel may consider a number of factors in order to make their decisions on applications. These include:

  • The viability of the mentor-trainee relationship (e.g., shared goals and objectives; post-traineeship employment opportunities with the mentor company; financial contribution to the trainee’s stipend; demonstrated commitment to sharing expertise; ability and experience in training).

  • Clear objectives and skills-development goals.

  • The strength of the proposed work plan (e.g., trainee’s job description; diversity of training; mentor supervision) vs. proposed trainee’s related education, professional goals, and work or volunteer experience.

  • Demonstrated commitment to the screen-based media production industry.

Given the high number of applications and the limited resources available, some deserving applications may not be successful.

The panel will assess all applications against the program’s goal to create meaningful placements that will support emerging and mid-level marketing professionals’ efforts to learn more about the screen-based media production industry and gain experience in it.

Payment of funds

Each trainee receives a minimum of $13,000 for his/her placement. The program contributes $6,500, while the mentor company must contribute a minimum of $6,500.

Upon selection, each mentor company must sign a contract with the CMPA and the trainee, outlining the requirements of the program, including reporting procedures and how funds will be dispersed. Each financial award is to be solely applied to the trainee’s stipend. The CMPA contribution will be disbursed in three instalments. To receive each instalment, the mentor must submit an invoice for the amount, as well as supporting documentation (invoices, mid-term and final reports, final questionnaires and proof of payment for the trainee’s stipend).

About Telefilm Canada

Created in 1967, Telefilm is dedicated to the cultural, commercial and industrial success of Canada’s audiovisual industry. Through its various funding and promotion programs, Telefilm supports dynamic companies and creative talent here at home and around the world.



Sarolta Csete
Director, Development & Corporate Affairs
1-613-688-0952 / 1-800-656-7440 ext. 338