Grants and Funds

Elder in the Making, by Hidden Story Productions, 2014 (Yuwei Xia)

Calgary Film Centre's Project Lab is an initiative intended to launch original Alberta voices into the marketplace, supporting two Alberta storytellers in a concept–to-market experience to produce finished Alberta-made films or other screen industry projects that that can be distributed through a variety of platforms. Deadline is March 17, 2017. Guidelines. Application Form

CSIF/ImagineNATIVE Mentorship Program is an opportunity for an emerging First Nations filmmaker to access equipment and mentorship resources from CSIF to make a short film for the imagineNATIVE Festival. The successful applicant will also receive $1,000 commission fee, as well as a free trip to the imagineNATIVE Festival in Toronto to attend the premiere screening of their film in October 2016. Applications are due Friday February 19, 2016. See full application guidelines HERE

Telefilm Micro-Budget Production Program is an annual fund for feature and web-based projects. Program applications from Alberta are juried through CSIF and one letter of recommendation is provided to Telefilm. 2017 submissions are due to CSIF January 31, 2017. Full submission guidelines.

The Canada Council for the Arts provides research, creation, production and dissemination support to artists, organizations, groups and independent collectives in film, video, new media and audio, as well as providing support for festivals, travel, operating activities and equipment acquisition.

The Alberta Foundation for the Arts Film & Video Arts: Individual Project Grant Stream supports the development of individual artists by providing a grant for a specific film or media project.

Telefilm Canada Feature Film Fund includes funds for development, production, and marketing for feature films.

The Bell Media Harold Greenberg Fund supports the development of Canadian feature films including story optioning, script development, equity investment. Also includes the Shorts-to-Features Program.

The Independent Production Fund provides financial support for dramatic television series for TV or web created by Canadian independent producers.

BravoFACT provides funding to independent Canadian producers, who seek primarily (but not exclusively) to create contemporary dramatic works for television.

The Canadian Film Centre offers opportunities to launch creative ideas in film, television, screen acting and digital media through training, partnership, promotion, investment, and diversity. Includes the Telus Innovation fund for up to $100,000.

Octavia Films provides young Canadian women (age 18-30) with education and financial resources to make short films.

Rogers Communications supports a number of unique funding programs to encourage the development of innovative and creative content for film, television and wireless mobile devices.

Shaw Rocket Fund supports television and digital content for children’s programming in Canada.

StoryHive: Storyhive is a community-powered funding program from Telus. Local creators apply for $10,000 grants to produce short films & docs and the community votes to decide which projects get funding & distribution on Optik Local (Telus Community Programming) via Optik TV On Demand.