The Big Five: Canadian Short Film Funding

How To Fund Your Short Film in Canada

Canada has a wealth of film funding opportunities for emerging and established filmmakers. On a national level there are five major agencies that are the go-to for creators who are working to greenlight their next short dramatic or documentary project.

BRAVOFACT

Established in 1995, BravoFACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) is a fantastic resource for filmmakers who aspire to create short form scripted projects.

Eligibility

  • Projects with a Canadian producer and director
  • New projects that are not yet in production
  • Projects with a running time of up to 10:00 minutes
  • The project must be considered as Canadian Content according to CRTC guidelines

Funding

  • You may request up to $50,000

Deadline

  • 2017 Deadlines TBA

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BRAVOFACTUAL

In 2013 Bravo introduced BravoFACTUAL awards for the production of short form documentary projects. With the same mandate as scripted BravoFACT shorts, BravoFACTUAL is commitment to seeing short Canadian docs gain a greater prominence worldwide.

Eligibility

  • Projects with a Canadian producer and director
  • New projects that are not yet in production
  • Projects with a running time of up to 15:00 minutes
  • The project must be considered as Canadian Content according to CRTC guidelines

Funding

  • You may request up to $50,000

Deadlines

  • Friday, February 24, 2017 (Future deadlines TBA)

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CANADA COUNCIL: EXPLORE AND CREATE – RESEARCH AND CREATION

The Canada Council for the Arts was established in 1957, and acts as an interdisciplinary major public arts funder within Canada. A new funding model is due to take effect this year, simplifying the application process.

Eligibility

  • Canadian artists with basic training in their field
  • Artistic productions that result in public presentation, publication, exhibition or digital production
  • To determine further eligibility create an account with the Canada Council Portal

Funding

  • You may request up to $100,000, although most projects receive no more than $60,000

Deadlines

You may apply any time before the start of your project, with projects assessed twice yearly: April 15th & November 15th, 2017.

Notes

  • You can only apply to this component twice per year (March 1st – Feb 28th)
  • You must register in the Canadian Council Portal at least 30 days before you wish to apply

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HAROLD GREENBERG FUND: SHORTS TO FEATURES PROGRAM

An initiative of The Harold Greenberg Fund in association with The Movie Network, the Shorts-to-Feature Program was created to provide emerging Canadian filmmakers with film funding for the production of a short narrative, to be used as a calling card for a feature film currently in development.

Eligibility

  • Emerging Canadian filmmaker who has not had a feature film produced (with the exception of the producer who can have a maximum of one feature credit as producer)
  • Short film scripts 10 pages or under
  • Writer, producer, director must be Canadian
  • Projects must be in English

Funding

  • You may request up to $32,000

Deadlines

  • 2017 Deadline TBA

Notes

  • The grant provides $5000 of guaranteed script development support for the feature film version

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THE NATIONAL FILM BOARD OF CANADA

An agency of the Government of Canada, the NFB has produced over 13,000 productions since it was established in 1939. They work with creators from across Canada in the production of POV documentaries, auteur animation and original interactive digital content.

Eligibility

  • Anyone who is a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • Projects with an unique perspective, and social and cultural relevance
  • Productions that utilize technology to expand the scope of storytelling

Funding

  • Budgets are determined by your experience, and the project’s need

Deadlines

  • Proposals are accepted throughout the year via e-mail or regular mail to your closest studio

Notes

  • The two main models offered by the NFB are:
  • 100% NFB productions: productions that are financed and produced entirely by the NFB. NFB retains 100% of the copyright and also holds the distribution rights.
  • National co-productions: productions that are in partnership with established, independent Canadian production companies. NFB will be involved as a minority co-producer.

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Have you received funding from any of the sources listed here? Please share your own experiences, and any advice you can give to other filmmakers who are working on their application!

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