Top 5 Ways to Get Film Funding in Canada

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Canada, especially Vancouver has a booming film industry with billions of dollars being pumped into it yearly.

For someone just starting out as a director, producer…etc, it can be frustrating trying to come up the funds to make their ideas reality. Without going down the risky crowdfunding route, these companies have many funding options available for all new filmmakers.

The National Film Board of Canada

The National Film Board of Canada (or the NFB) has many options for funding available for both English and Francophone films (there’s also an animation grant if that’s your jam). Each program has its own set of guidelines and requirements.  About half of the NFB’s new projects come from developing filmmakers. These are the people who really want to help you out.

The Canadian Media Fund

The Canadian Media Fund has many different options for just about every different type of film you could make. There are two funding steams you can go through. The Experimental Stream that covers top of the line techniques and software. The Convergent Stream is for TV shows and general content.

The Canada Council for the Arts

Canada’s creatives are very fortunate to be supported by the Canada Council for the Arts. There are so many types of grants available. You can also register and apply all online! They have even made this easy guide to how their whole process works. They also have prizes and strategic funds that you can apply to.

Bell Fund

The telecommunications giant Bell has funding for Short form Digital Series, one in fiction and the other non-fiction, Webdocs Development and Slate Development. The funding is made as a non-repayable grant up to 75% of production costs to a maximum of $100,000 – %150,000, depending on the grant.  Applications are made online and must follow specific guidelines.

TeleFilm Canada

TeleFilm has about 10+ different types of grant existing. You must be Canadian and have Canadian employees/teams to apply. The amount varies from project to project. But from what I can find, they look pretty nice. All requirements and guidelines are present online and applications have to be submitted online.

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