CBC Creative Relief Fund


What is the Short Docs Stream?

CBC Short Docs is inviting documentary filmmakers from across Canada to show us their unique perspectives on what’s happening in the world during this time of COVID-19.

We are seeking stand-alone, immersive documentaries under 40 minutes in length that will appeal to a digital audience on CBC Gem and the CBC Docs Youtube Channel.

Productions must be produced and delivered within three months or less, with filmmakers adhering to all local and national COVID safety guidelines.

What types of content are we looking for?

We are looking for short documentary ideas with a range in tone, subject matter, scope and point of view that collectively reflect what Canadians are living through in this unique moment in history.

Using innovative methods of storytelling, bring us the stories that only you can tell - stories with a clear arc that go behind and beyond the headlines.

We are not looking for series at the present time, just stand-alone docs.


What do I need to apply?

Open to Canadian creators and Canadian producers to produce documentaries for worldwide use on any platform including linear tv and digital. CBC is committed to reflecting diverse, contemporary Canada in urban as well as rural settings.
Any Canadian producer or creator can apply, as long they are not an employee of CBC.

Other considerations

The material must meet the criteria of CanCon as laid out by the CRTC.  All projects must comply with CBC’s Code of Conduct, including those provisions related to conflict of interest.

What happens if my project is selected?

If your project is chosen, we will request a production budget. Budgets are evaluated and approved on a case-by-case basis and are reviewed with industry standards in mind.

The licence will also allow CBC to show the content to audiences outside of Canada exclusively on social platforms and non-exclusively on CBC owned or branded platforms. Producers retain the exclusive right to exploit the content outside of Canada on linear and other platforms and non-exclusively on digital platforms (except on social) following a 3 month holdback.

For more details on the rights, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or our sample licence agreement.

How many pitches will we select?

It depends on the quality and scope of pitches we receive.

How to Apply and When

In order to submit your application, you’ll need:

  • Creative overview of your project, no longer than one page
  • Links to previous work

There are a maximum of 3 short doc submissions allowed per person.


The submission period is now closed.