Get Your Film Made with CFC Features

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● February 01, 2016 09:50

Director Rafal Sokolowski on the set of 22 CHASER, the upcoming film developed and produced through CFC Features.

Are you a first-, second-, or third-time Canadian filmmaker looking for a unique opportunity to advance your script and produce your feature film project in the million-dollar range? Then opportunity is knocking at your door, and that opportunity is called CFC Features.

CFC Features affords Canadian writers, directors and producers with the extraordinary opportunity to advance their feature scripts and produce their films in order to achieve maximum critical and commercial success. The program is specifically designed for films with a production budget of fewer than one million dollars. It provides support and financing in three main stages; development, production and distribution, and tailors support to meet the individual needs of each filmmaker and the specific creative, technical and business needs of the project.

CFC Features is now open for applications! Beginning February 1, 2016 through to March 31, 2016, we are accepting applications from enthusiastic Canadian filmmakers looking to share their story and make their film a reality.

What kind of filmmakers are we looking for, exactly? Justine Whyte, the Director & Executive Producer of CFC Features, provides some insights into the kinds of applicants she’s keen on working with:

“CFC Features is looking to collaborate with and support the brightest and most promising emerging Canadian filmmakers. We’re looking for directors who have a solid creative vision and ability in narrative as evidenced by their body of work. No one type of film, genre or story is required or preferred. Whatever the genre, the script should deliver solid characters and dialogue to attract performers that can truly deliver on the subjects and situations explored in the film with emotional integrity. This requires producers that are dedicated to a shared vision and creating a solid and realistic rendering strategy. Our key focus of the program is to support that vision and enhance it, with strategic and tailored mentorship and support at all stages of development and production. CFC Features provides opportunities for creative and business collaborations and to develop working relationships with key industry players and filmmakers.”

RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, the 20th feature film produced through CFC Features.

Did you happen to watch the critically acclaimed, award-winning, all-around amazing film RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS about Aila (Devery Jacobs), the weed princess of Red Crow Mi’gMaq reservation, from director Jeff Barnaby? That film was developed and produced through CFC Features. Here’s what Barnaby had to say about the experience:

“CFC was trumpeting my short films as far back as 2007 and suggested I write a feature […] and they were very supportive in the process . . . it just made sense that we go with the people that supported us and Justine [Director & Executive Producer, CFC Features] really supported us […] they opened venues to eOne and Seville, The Movie Network, Movie Central, and they also hooked us up with the Tribeca All Access program. I mean this is the kind of support that you want.”

And that’s only one example of a film that has been developed through CFC Features. Since the program’s inception in 1992, CFC Features has supported and executive produced 22 films, including the upcoming feature 22 CHASER, CRUEL & UNUSUAL, MOLLY MAXWELL, OLD STOCK, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, THE DARK HOURS, SIBLINGS, 19 MONTHS, CUBE, RUDE and BLOOD & DONUTS, among many others.

CFC Features has also launched the careers of more than 100 alumni and renowned Canadian filmmakers, including: Clement Virgo, Damon D’Oliveira, Vincenzo Natali, John Christou, Ingrid Veninger, Charles Officer, Nick de Pencier, Paul Fox, Steve Hoban, Daniel MacIvor, Sara St. Onge, and many more.

You could join the list of filmmakers who got their start through CFC Features, so apply for the program today!

Here are a few eligibility requirements and specifics of the program at a glance to give you an idea of what you would be signing up for by applying:

  • All submissions are welcome, however, ideally projects will have all three creative principals [writer(s), director(s) and producer(s)] in place upon submission.
  • Eligible projects include dramatic feature films that are no less than 85 minutes in length (approximately 80 to 120 pages) and are intended for theatrical release.
  • The applicants must own and control the property on which the proposed feature film is based.
  • Principal photography on films developed through CFC Features can take place anywhere in Canada provided the project's budget can adequately support the location.
  • The full value of any federal and provincial tax credit(s) available to a project must also be included in the production financing. For projects with budgets that exceed the CFC’s funding and all applicable tax credit, the applicants are responsible for securing any additional funds required.

CLICK HERE for additional information on the program, the complete guidelines, and to APPLY.

Applications for CFC Features open February 1, 2016, and the deadline to apply is March 31, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Please note that applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanents residents of Canada, however they do not need to be a graduate of a CFC program.

Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications (Mat Leave)