Birthplace of

Film genre

 Lights, camera, action. With its mixed immigrant population of music, literature and dance, the cinematic artistry of North America is the most popular destination desired by most filmmakers around the world.

Hollywood is said to be the film capital of the world with its profound effect within the film industry since the early 20th century. American cinema became the dominant style of filmmaking since the majority of films were made in Hollywood from 1917 to 1960. Hollywood produces the largest number of films of any single-language national cinema, with more than 800 English-language films released on average every year.  It is also considered the birthplace of film genres having set an example for other national film industries to follow. While the national cinemas of the United Kingdom (299), Canada (206), Australia, and New Zealand also produce films in the same English language, they are not considered part of the Hollywood system.  The Oscars film award is a staple in the global film industry and only awarded to English speaking films that must have a global premiere in Los Angeles, California; this makes the award unattainable for over 90% of all global filmmakers in the world who are not in Hollywood or without the resources to meet the eligibility requirements. It is important to note the Oscars has one foreign film award category.

Heavily intertwined with Hollywood, USA is the Canadian film industry of North America. The Canadian film market has been one of sporadic achievement accomplished in isolation against great odds. Canadian cinema has existed within an environment where access to capital for production, to the marketplace for distribution and to theatres for exhibition has been extremely difficult owing to its entanglement with Hollywood.  Canadians produce some of the most rarest most profound stories of the North American continent.  So transparent are these truths that the Canadian government censored the works of all filmmakers in 1911 citing “an upheaval will rise.”  Today, the filmmaking industry of Canada is the most liberal in the industry.

TILFA is excited to invite North American filmmakers to submit their film projects for a chance to win a Legacy Award and title Best in the World of Film.

TILFA Film Regions and Countries Represented

Two National Directors and Four Regional Directors are assigned to the continent of North America to oversee the following regions:


  • New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec
  • Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

United States

  • East & South United States
  • Central & West United States (Alaska and Hawaii)

Lauryn Whitney

Executive Director

Film Regions

United States

National Directors


Regional Directors

  1. Undisclosed
  2. Undisclosed

Access Region

  • Canada
  • United States
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