What is the CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund?

Offering new opportunities for filmmakers who have historically been at a disadvantage in accessing financing and making their unique voices heard, the CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund supports the production of feature films from underrepresented Canadian creators. With the new fund, CBC is seeking English-language feature film projects that are written and directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities and persons with a disability who have had at least one feature-length film showcased at a recognized film festival, and which are not in the documentary genre and not already in production. The projects must achieve at least six out of 10 points on the CAVCO scale and have an existing final draft script. Eligible projects will be judged on the film’s creative merit. There are no application deadlines rather applications should be submitted when they are creatively ready.

Read the CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund guidelines


What do I need to apply?

In order to submit your film, you'll need:

  • A feature length final draft script in a shareable format. Please include date of draft on cover page.
  • A copy of your draft budget for production in a shareable format.
  • A copy of your financing plan that corresponds with your budget, and shows CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund's contribution at the elected 10% or 20% level. A sample financing plan can be found in our guidelines.
  • If you have proof of any sources of financing in your financial structure that you have listed as confirmed (other than CBC and Telefilm), please include it with your application.
  • If you have any additional support documents, such as letters of interest from other financiers or talent, please include them with your application.
  • If you have other creative materials, such as vision/look books, director's statement, confirmed cast, confirmed key creative crew, and links to director's prior features, please include them.

When you're ready to apply, you'll be asked to fill out a brief form to which you'll attach the above information.


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