tele·​film ˈte-li-ˌfilm How to pronounce telefilm (audio)
: a motion picture made to be telecast

Examples of telefilm in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gonzales Falcon also worked in Heartbreaker (1983), starring Miguel Ferrer, and in the 1986 CBS telefilm Houston: The Legend of Texas, starring Sam Elliott. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Aug. 2023 On television, Swan worked alongside Jane Fonda in the 1984 ABC telefilm The Dollmaker, based on the Harriette Arnow novel and directed by Daniel Petrie, and appeared on All My Children — as the bad guy Jeb Tidwell — Spenser for Hire and The Equalizer. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Aug. 2023 Born in Chicago in 1935, Friedkin kicked off his directing career by steering a 1965 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, as well as several telefilms. Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 7 Aug. 2023 Young also did several telefilms in Canada with director George Schaefer. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 June 2023 In total, Aoyagi has worked on more than 20 network television shows, 13 telefilms, three feature films, and 15 novels throughout the past 29 years. Patrick Frater, Variety, 14 Mar. 2023 Indeed, the imprint of the original production, memorialized in a telefilm recording of a 1980 tour stop in Los Angeles, is unavoidable. Rob Weinert-Kendt, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2023 Among her many accomplishments, including being the recipient of three Emmy Awards, Tyson was the first African-American to win a lead actress Emmy, for her performance portraying a woman from the 1850s to the civil-rights era in the 1974 CBS telefilm The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Ashley Iasimone, Billboard, 30 Jan. 2021 In the 1980s, Fielder wrote and produced a CBS miniseries and telefilm based on the life of George Washington, both starring Barry Bostwick as the first president and Patty Duke as the first first lady, and wrote all six parts of the ABC miniseries North and South; Book II. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Aug. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1919, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of telefilm was in 1919

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“Telefilm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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