NLFDC / CBC Digital Production Fund


NLFDC / CBC Digital Production Fund

What is the NLFDC / CBC Digital Production Fund?

As of August 23, 2019, CBC and NLFDC, an institution dedicated to the promotion of the development of the film and video industry in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, are piloting a micro-budget production fund to support the creation of video content from Newfoundland and Labrador producers and creators to be showcased in connection with CBC’s digital platforms.

Our commitment is to fund new productions that reflect, represent and reframe diverse perspectives from Newfoundland and Labrador creative teams, showcasing new creative visions and furthering the careers of emerging writers, producers, and directors as they move towards the production of longer form content.

What type of content is CBC looking for?

CBC has a preference for short form video content that would fit primarily into the feed verticals of CBCShort Docs, CBCComedy, CBCKids, CBCArts, and CBC Gem. Industry standard insurance and title clearance are expected to be included in budgeted line items. We expect to see low budget short form projects but we will consider projects of any duration that meet the criteria.

Are there any excluded genres?

Yes, the following are excluded genres: talk shows; news, current events or public affairs programming; sports events; weather and market reports; award shows/galas; game shows; projects that solicit funds; pornography; advertising; material that’s primarily for industrial, corporate or institutional purposes; projects (other than documentaries) that are primarily stock footage; or programs that include weather or market reports; projects for which financial support would be in the opinion of the NLFDC would be contrary to public policy; other projects that the NLFDC determines are not eligible.

How and when can I apply?

In order to be considered for funding, you must complete an application through CBC’s portal at If your project is selected for funding, you will then also have to apply to NLFDC directly.

Applications will be accepted starting on August 23, 2019. Funding will be awarded on a first come/first served basis to selected projects. The doors will close for new applications on September 20, 2019 or sooner if all of the funds in the program budget have been committed before that date. Projects should be completed and all funds disbursed no later than NLFDC’s fiscal year end of March 31, 2020.

How are decisions made?

CBC will assess the project’s suitability for CBC’s audiences and greenlight projects on a rolling basis. You will be notified within 6 weeks of submission if your project is chosen or not; if chosen, you will be notified by CBC and a contract will be sent to you, along with instructions on how to access NLFDC’s portion of the financing.

How much funding is available?

CBC and NLFDC have each committed $50,000 for a total program budget of $100,000 in the 2019/2020 fiscal year, ending on March 31, 2020.

How much can I get?

On a per project basis, CBC and NLFDC will cover the production costs (net of any other financing that may be available such as federal tax credits or other third party funding). There is a per project minimum budget of $15,000 and a maximum contribution of $50,000, combined, from NLFDC and CBC. Each of CBC and NLFDC will pay out their amounts to the selected projects directly in accordance with their own contractual terms.

What rights will CBC have once the content comes to CBC?

CBC will have the exclusive right to show the content to Canadian audiences in connection with any media and platform of CBC’s choice, for a 6 year period following delivery to CBC. CBC can sublicense rights to other non-CBC platforms in Canada to attract more audiences in CBC’s discretion.

Do CBC and Creative NLFDC get a credit?

Yes. Both CBC and NLFDC will get a prominent credit in the completed program and in all press and publicity

Does CBC get any international rights?

Yes. CBC will have the non-exclusive right to offer the content to audiences outside of Canada on CBC branded platforms, such as In addition, CBC will have exclusive worldwide rights to the content on the YouTube platform for the duration of the term. This means that the producer will retain the right to exploit the content non-exclusively on other platforms outside of Canada following CBC’s world premiere. Third party financing that does not detract from the rights contemplated above, is acceptable.

Who is eligible to apply?

Since this fund is intended for Newfoundland and Labrador talent, the applicant must live in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada and apply via an Eligible Company as recognized by NLFDC. Additionally, all projects must comply with CBC's code of conduct, including those provisions related to conflict of interest. 

What makes an Eligible Company?

  • Only incorporated Newfoundland and Labrador film and video production companies may apply. Individual, non-incorporated groups, or licensed broadcasters are not eligible.
  • Corporations must demonstrate that their primary focus is on the development, production, and distribution of film and video products, and must be at least 51% owned by a resident of Newfoundland and Labrador as described for individuals.
  • For the purpose of these guidelines, a Newfoundland and Labrador Resident is a person who has maintained a principal residence in Newfoundland and Labrador for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the date of application.

Exceptions may be granted for inter-provincial or international treaty co-productions. In these cases, the Newfoundland and Labrador applicant must retain at least 50% of the copyright interest and demonstrate that the copyright ownership is equal to the Newfoundland and Labrador applicant’s financial, technical and creative contribution and control as specified in the co-production agreement entered into between the parties.

Is there anything else expected?

In order to understand the experience from the producers’ perspective, and to keep improving its programs, NLFDC and CBC may ask participants to complete a confidential exit survey at the end of the process. You will also be required to enter into a pre-license agreement which will contain other standard terms that are customary in such agreements, including without limitation representations and warranties that you own and control the rights granted and that you have the full right and power to conclude and execute the agreement, and related indemnities.



What do I need to apply?

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

  • a copy of your treatment/existing creative materials and, for Scripted productions, a script
  • a copy of your draft budget for production
  • a copy of your financing plan that corresponds with your budget
  • any sources of financing in your financial structure that you have listed as confirmed (other than CBC and NLFDC Fund)
  • any additional support documents, such as letters of interest from other financiers or talent