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Telefilm quickly reverses controversial changes in face of producer pressure

News | 04/29/2005 4:00 am EDT

Telefilm Canada took just a few days to reverse its position after releasing new application budget templates that new media producers say would have created an administrative nightmare in dealing with the Canada New Media Fund (CNMF). The funding body released on April 12 new budget templates to be used when applying for assistance that were no longer the same as those used for the past three years by the Bell Broadcast and New Media Fund, and producers were shocked to find that several categories of expenses were no longer included in new media budgets, including administrative expenses associated with projects – characterized by some as a dramatic reversal from years of film and television funding policy.

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