What is the CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund?

The CBC Breaking Barriers Film Fund is a narrative feature film fund that supports the production of English language films from filmmakers and creators who bring diverse voices and stories that engage and reflect Canadians on the big and small screens. Our commitment is to fund high quality productions that reflect, represent and reframe diverse perspectives through character driven stories that are at the center of the Canadian experience.

CBC is seeking English language feature film projects that are written and directed by Canadian women, Indigenous persons, visible minorities, LGBTQ persons and persons with a disability. 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.

The key creative team (writer and/or director) must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • At least one feature-length narrative film showcased at a recognized national and/or itnernational film festival (list of festivals can be found on our FAQ page) 

  • At least three directing credits on scripted episodic series 

  • At least one feature-length documentary showcased at a recognized national and/or international film festival 

  • At least one short film showcased at a recognized A-list international film festival 

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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