The opinions expressed in this editorial are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Decima Reports. The controversy over proposed changes to Telefilm Canada’s budget templates might be easy to dismiss as a tempest in a teapot. Telefilm is understandably trying to serve the widest possible group of stakeholders while minimizing the effort that goes into reporting its performance to its masters in Ottawa. Reducing paperwork by moving new media producers to an online filing system is laudable and important. In fact, most of the points raised by Earl Hong Tai in defence of the agency’s move are valid and understandable.  What’s less palatable, though, is the manner in which Telefilm chose to make its changes. Budget templates for application to the Canada New Media Fund were posted online in late April with no indication to the industry that they had changed. With around two weeks to go before the applications were due, the potential chaos that might have ensued from Telefilm’s actions could have been significant.  To its credit, Telefilm has backed off to give producers applying to the Bell Fund the choice to submit the old templates, but the incident will put a further crack in new head Wayne Clarkson’s bulletproof façade.  Clarkson has also inherited the Montreal film festival issue for which critics are now calling on him to answer. Though not of his making, there is significant pressure being applied to convince him to act to solve the timing issue. Combined with the Canada New Media Fund problems of last week, we suspect that he is looking considerably less like an industry saviour and more like a continuation of previous leadership in the eyes of industry.  Telefilm can fix this, but it must act quickly. Making transparency and accountability its watchwords, the agency must work fast to open consultations with a variety of stakeholders in the budget template controversy, including the Bell Fund, the Canadian Film and Television Production Association, and the Coalition of New Media Associations. There is likely a little time left in Clarkson’s honeymoon. He should take advantage of it now while he still can.