The CFC/Netflix Calling Card Accelerator is designed for eligible “creators to watch” and their creative teams in need of focussed support to help enhance a calling card to showcase their talent, and/or a proof of concept for their narrative feature film and/or TV series.


The Calling Card Accelerator provides targeted support for Calling Card feature films, short films, or proof of concepts that are currently in production or post. Support accessed through this accelerator will be for specific enhancements to these works in progress, with the goal of helping each project achieve its full potential to better align with the creator’s vision, as they seek to broaden their presence and increase their potential for international traction.

The Netflix/CFC partnership is in service of advancing and empowering Canadian voices and stories globally. This accelerator is not a content development or acquisition focussed endeavour for Netflix, and there is no obligation for participants to enter into any agreements with Netflix with respect to the projects being supported by the accelerator.


Creators to watch who are:

  • Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit)
  • Black
  • Racialized Person
  • Women Identifying
  • LGBTQ2S+
  • Creator living with Disabilities as defined under the Human Rights Code

“Creators to Watch” are writers and/or directors who have been building up a body of work outside of an academic setting, that reflects their vision/voice in their chosen discipline(s). If a creator has been working in one format and is now looking to transition to another (i.e., film to tv etc.), they may also be eligible.

NOTE: Special attention will be given to supporting projects from creators who are Indigenous, Black and Racialized Persons.


In addition to being from one of the communities noted above, creators (writers and/or directors) wishing to access accelerator support must meet all of the eligibility requirements below:

  • They must not have had more than one feature screenplay produced (if applying for film format) and/ or they must not have had their own original web/tv series produced and/or have more than three produced episodes as a writer for hire (if applying for tv/web format).
  • They must not have directed more than one low budget narrative feature film (if applying for film format); or
  • They must not have directed more than three episodes of another creator’s web/tv series (if applying for tv/web format)

Creators (and key creative team members) must be Canadian citizens, Permanent Residents, or Landed Immigrants of Canada.

Creators must have a producer attached to their project. Producers may have varying levels of experience, depending on the project.

If the eligible creator is creating a Proof of Concept for a larger work (feature film, tv/web series) a script and/or detailed bible must already be written for the larger work.

Projects (i.e., calling cards/proofs of concept) being supported must be original narrative works and must be able to successfully demonstrate to CFC the ability to be completed and delivered within 3-6 months of conclusion of the accelerator support via production/post schedule, confirmation of core production financing, cuts of the production etc.

Complete Chain of Title evidencing full ownership of the project and proof of original concept will be required.


This accelerator will look at the needs as stated by each creator and project and offer support in areas that will help elevate and enhance the work already being done to better showcase the creator(s) voice and/or future project potential. We are looking to support specific aspects of production, post, completion and delivery of independently produced promos, short films, web episodes and first time ‘calling card’ low budget feature films.

Selected projects will receive support valued at anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 depending on the needs of the project in the form of:

  • Access to mentorship and consultants offering high level feedback and expertise to further elevate the work, for example:
    • Creative feedback on cuts, music, VFX
    • Expert craft consultations (Editor, VFX, Cinematographer etc.)


  • Targeted financial support in the form of a non-repayable micro-grant to fund specific and strategic areas of a project’s completion & delivery, for example:
    • Additional post time and/or services
    • Select production/post enhancements (e.g., additional VFX, post fixes, specific reshoot needs etc.)
    • Enhancement support for original music/score from Canadian composers/musicians


  • Due to the impact of COVID-19 safety protocol costs on production, micro-grants may be used to offset the budgetary challenges that have impacted creative areas.

NOTE: For clarity, financial micro-grants are designed for enhancements to a fully funded project and may not be used for either script development costs or core production funding, and may not be used toward fees for Director, Writer, Producer or Cast & Crew labour, etc.

The Calling Card accelerator will provide support for up to 10 projects a year.



Can eligible projects be documentary or unscripted?
No. For the purpose and focus of this accelerator all projects must be original narrative works, in any genre.

What types of stories is this accelerator designed to support?
This accelerator is looking to support all types of narrative stories that eligible creators want to tell, in the way that they want to tell them, by helping to enhance their work in ways that they and their creative teams feel is most necessary.

What might be considered a “Calling Card” for the purposes of this accelerator?

  • a first or second feature that will help define the distinctive voice and stories of the eligible creator and ideally position them well internationally
  • a short film that will allow the eligible creator to more fully realize their talent and voice
  • a web pilot that demonstrates an eligible creator’s original voice

What might be considered a “Proof of Concept” for the purposes of this accelerator?

  • a short teaser/promo for the eligible creator’s developed feature film or original web /TV series (that already exists in script form or as a detailed pitch/bible)
  • a short film or web pilot that speaks directly to the eligible creator’s planned feature film or web series/tv series (i.e., that is working in the tone/style and world as the feature, and that will then demonstrate the creator’s ability to undertake the feature).

What if the writer is eligible, but the director is not?
As long as the eligible creator’s voice and talent are the focus of the project, we will absolutely consider this on a case-by-case basis, however, all key creative team members must be Canadian.

Can producers submit work they hold the option on, rather than writers and/or directors?
Yes, as long as the creator (writer and/or director) as full owner of the project is eligible, agrees to participate in the accelerator with the option holder, and will benefit from the support.

How does the CFC determine the support allocated to each project?
Support allocated for each project is driven by the needs of the creators/creative teams and the project in consultation with the CFC and in considering the goals and the resources available.

Are projects in any language eligible?
Yes, but while we will consider projects in all languages, all materials being submitted to the CFC for consideration must be in English.

Does the CFC or Netflix take any rights to projects that get support?
No. All rights remain with the creator/producer/creative team.

Does the CFC or Netflix have any creative approval rights over the project being supported?
No. While the CFC and/or consultants/experts that are engaged by the CFC may provide creative guidance, there are no formal approvals that rest with the CFC or with Netflix.

Can this support be accessed at a distance or do I have to be in Toronto?
Support can be accessed from anywhere in Canada. There is no requirement to be in Toronto in order to receive support.



This accelerator is open for consideration of eligible projects throughout the year and there are no set application deadlines.

Interested creators must detail their request for support through the completion and submission of the following online eligibility form: 

Calling Card Eligibility Form

Once CFC confirms the eligibility of the creator and project, a call will be arranged to further discuss the request before a final decision is made. All responses would be made by CFC within 8 weeks of submitting the eligibility form. Incomplete submissions will not be considered eligible.

In addition to direct submissions, we are regularly working with a number of CFC alumni, organizations and industry partners in order to help identify projects and talent that might benefit from this accelerator.


Decisions regarding selection of projects for the accelerator and the nature and level of support will be made by the CFC. In making these decisions, CFC will seek and engage the expertise of advisors and consultants to provide additional perspectives on individual submissions on a case-by-case basis. All eligible projects being considered for support are looked at individually and many factors are considered in the decision making, including project stage and viability, timelines, project or creator needs, other industry support being accessed, and expectations vis a vis the resources CFC can offer.


General questions prior to completing the eligibility form can be directed to


The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations please contact Deborah Fallows, Executive Lead, People & Culture - CFC.