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Shorts-to-Features Program

Grants to Canada Emerging Filmmaking Teams to Develop and
Complete a Short Film that Advances Their Career

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Bell Media - Harold Greenberg Fund

Deadline Date:

12/12/18 11:59 PM, Applicant's Time Zone


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Grants of $32,000 to Canada emerging teams of writers, producers, and directors to finance the production of short films between 5 and 10 minutes long. An additional $5,000 loan will be provided for script development in order to complete their first feature film. The short film must relate creatively to the feature film, which should be currently in development.

With the exception of documentaries, all genres will be accepted. Bell Media will favor projects that can be realized as close to the financing supplied.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183947

Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Production financing is available in the amount of $32,000 per project.
In order to aid in the further development of the feature project, the Fund guarantees a further commitment of $5,000 per project in the form of a script development loan to go from First Draft to Second Draft.

Term of Contract:

Projects must go into production within six months of selection and must deliver their film within one year of selection.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications must come from filmmaking teams, writer/director/producer, all of whom must be Canadian (Canadian citizenship or Permanent Residents). The writer and director must not have had a credit on a feature in one of these three disciplines. For example, if someone who has written or produced a feature film applies as a director, that project would not be eligible. Or, if someone who has directed a feature wants to apply as a writer, that project would be ineligible.

One person can fulfill one than one role, but single persons fulfilling all roles of writer/producer/director must have at least another dedicated producer on board in order to apply.

Projects must be short films between 5 and 10mins, with intentions to be certified by Canadian content.

All filmmaking teams will be required to work with an executive producer (EP) who meets the Fund’s Script Development/Equity Investment Program eligibility criteria - an Executive Producer considered eligible to apply to regular Script Development Program or Equity Investment Program of the Harold Greenberg Fund. As per our guidelines, this person must be a Canadian and have produced at least one feature film within the last seven years. This individual will act as a mentor throughout the film’s production.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline is December 12 at 11:59 pm of one’s own time zone. Adjudication will be approximately four to six weeks. Successful recipients will be notified via telephone. Non-successful applicants will be notified in writing by email.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Alan Bacchus, Programs Manager
(416) 384-3446

The Harold Greenberg Fund
299 Queen St. West
Toronto ON M5V2Z5

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon