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Grants to Canada Individual Producers and Directors for the Production of Short Form Documentaries

BravoFACTUAL Grants


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #162115

Grant Description

Grants of up to $50,000 to Canada individual producers and directors to aid in the production of short form documentary projects. Funding will go to original and creative proposals that address a wide range of subjects such as, but not limited to, politics, history, culture, science, arts, and social issues. Particular interest will go to films which are full of insight; films which illuminate the human condition, with all its failings and triumphs; and films which are memorable and entertaining.

Proposals will be judged based on variables such as the complexity of the outline, production techniques, and rights acquisition. Applicants are invited from all levels of experience in the production community. Applicants with limited experience in documentary production, including research, video story-telling, cinematography, editing, etc. are encouraged to recruit the services of experienced people.

Recognizing the dramatic improvements in production technology, the funding source will encourage and welcome proposals from applicants with smaller production teams and proven multi-tasking abilities. It is expected that the composition of the production team will be reflected in the proposed budget.

The funding source encourages applicants to find stories from their own regions so that BravoFACTUAL shorts reflect the diversity and richness of cultures and personalities in Canada. They may deal with issues of national or local interest.

Filmmakers will be invited to meet with BravoFACTUAL consultants who will be available at several stages during the process of making their documentary. The award is issued in several installments based upon a schedule of production bench marks to make sure the production is consistent with the approved project.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available for Canadian producers and directors who seek to create entertaining and engaging short-form content, both scripted and documentary, for Bell Media.

A director or producer attached to an undelivered BravoFACTUAL project may not apply.

A director or producer who has completed and delivered three or more BravoFACTUAL short documentary projects may only apply as a mentor on subsequent applications. However, he/she may apply for a BravoFACT scripted narrative award.

The maximum run time per film is 15:00 (not including title or credits).

The budget must be used entirely for production, including legal fees and the cost of acquiring required rights from key participants (see below). The grant may not be used for publicity, festival fees or marketing costs.

Please note: BravoFACT does not award grants to film projects that are made as part of a film studies program. A student who is making an Independent Film, not assisted by the film program, is eligible if they can demonstrate the skills necessary to produce a broadcast quality short.

Pre-Application Information:

The Application consists of a detailed proposal outline, a proposed budget, and production schedule; CVs and footage of previous work for the producer, director and any other required production personnel such as DOP, sound recordist, editor, etc. Releases may also be required from on-camera participants.

Tips and Guidelines:

The jury meeting will be held approximately three months after the deadline.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000

Term of Contract:

Selected productions will have six months to complete their short documentary.

Contact Information:

Applications must be emailed to:

299 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5V 2Z5

Phone: 416-384-3371
Fax: 416-384-2191

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