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CFC Features invests in filmmakers from across Canada who have engaging stories for the big screen. If you are a writer, director or producer with a feature film in the low-budget realm, this program offers you an unparalleled opportunity to make your movie a reality.
- Next deadline: August, 2015. Date to be announced. Online application available one month prior to each deadline.
- Production entities retain copyright of their films
- Production entities can shoot anywhere in Canada
- Production budget levels have increased
- Filmmakers at various careers levels are encouraged to apply
- Production entities can bring additional financing to the table
- Mentorship is tailored to the sensibilities and individual needs of participants
Designed to help filmmakers at various career levels, CFC Features is a unique and extraordinary opportunity for writers, directors and producers to advance their scripts and produce their films to achieve maximum critical and commercial success. The experience includes a rigorous development process based on participants' needs, and on the specific creative, technical and business needs of individual projects.
CFC Features is a demanding and results-oriented program that, since 1992, has supported and executive produced 21 films and launched the careers of over 100 alumni, including: Holly Dale, Steve Hoban, Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo, Daniel MacIvor, Laurie Lynd, Vincenzo Natali, Nick de Pencier, Anita Lee, Randall Cole, Jackie May, Paul Fox, Charles Officer, Ingrid Veninger, Sara St. Onge, John Christou and Jeff Barnaby.
Films supported by CFC Features include: RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS, CRUEL & UNUSUAL, MOLLY MAXWELL, OLD STOCK, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, THE DARK HOURS, SIBLINGS, 19 MONTHS, KHALED, THE UNCLES, CUBE, RUDE and BLOOD & DONUTS.
The program is designed for films with production budgets under one million dollars. CFC Features can provide up to 100 per cent of the production financing to a maximum of $600,000. For projects with budgets exceeding $600,000, filmmakers are responsible for securing any additional funds required (subject to approval of CFC Features).
Support and financing is provided in three stages.
Development through CFC Features provides creative, practical and professional mentorship in theatrical feature filmmaking and is specifically tailored to the precise needs of the key creative team. Development begins with a focus on script with the writer, director and producer all participating when necessary. Once the script has been more fully realized, our focus will shift to the director’s rendering strategy then, in collaboration with the producer, the development of a solid, complete production package and strategy.
To be considered for production financing, your key creative team and project must first successfully complete the CFC Features Development Lab and meet the goals outlined at the onset of development. Only projects that have successfully completed development, as determined by the Director of CFC Features, will be considered for production financing. Full mentorship from CFC Features continues throughout the production and post-production process.
Your filmmaking team will benefit enormously from the involvement and mentorship of broadcast and theatrical distribution executives and creative experts starting in the Development Lab and throughout the Production Lab. We will ensure that your production team continues to receive mentorship during the domestic and international marketing and distribution stages of your feature film.
Eligible projects are dramatic feature films that are:
- No less than 85 minutes in length (approximately 80 to 120 pages)
- Intended for theatrical release
- The applicants must own and control the property on which the proposed feature film is based
- Principal photography can take place anywhere in Canada provided the project's budget can adequately support the location
- Applicants are not prohibited from bringing additional financing to the table
- Applicants need not be a graduate of a CFC program
- Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada
- All submissions are welcome, however, ideally projects will have all three creative principals [writer(s), director(s) and producer(s)] in place upon submission. Development will only commence once all three roles are filled.
- In the case of writers and directors, preference is given to those who have not made more than two feature length films.
*Consult guidelines for complete requirements
- Our next deadline will in August, 2015 (exact date TBA). Online applications will be available one month prior to each deadline.
Please ensure that you have read the CFC Features Guidelines as well as the Online Application Requirements and Instructions and have all required documents ready before you begin filling out the Online Application Form.
“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, CFC Features] really supports 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.”
- Jeff Barnaby, writer/director, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS
“CFC Features made MOLLY MAXWELL a reality. From page to screen it would not have been realized without the unwavering support of the CFC. [Combining the] financing with the mentorship provided and the connections made between producers and the industry’s best and brightest, I now have an experience I will cherish and look back on with fondness.”
- Aeschylus Poulos, producer, MOLLY MAXWELL
“CFC Features wants nothing more than to make great films and launch new voices in filmmaking talent. The program gives emerging filmmakers the opportunity and resources to achieve that goal in a professional and supportive environment. I am so grateful for the experience."
- Charles Officer, co-writer/director, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY
RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS writer/director Jeff Barnaby ('13) and lead actress Devery Jacobs have signed with a top NY/LA based management company, Circle of Confusion. Barnaby is preparing to realize his second feature film, Blood Quantum, which has already garnered support and interest.
NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY co-writer/producer Ingrid Veninger (’00) has written and directed several acclaimed and very personal features, including TIFF selected Only and Modra. Her latest feature i am a good person/i am a bad person is currently on the festival circuit.
Talented NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY co-writer/director Charles Officer (’02) helmed the acclaimed feature documentary Mighty Jerome, made in collaboration with the NFB. Charles has also written and performed in several stage plays, including playing the lead role of Walter Lee in Soulpepper’s production of A Raisin in the Sun.
THE DARK HOURS director Paul Fox (’97) continues to direct for numerous TV series, including The Listener, Haven, Republic of Doyle and Bitten. Paul helmed the feature film Everything's Gone Green, written by award-winning author Douglas Coupland.
SIBLINGS director David Weaver ('04) has gone on to work on several projects, including directing the segment "Lost Boys" of the festival hit anthology film Toronto Stories, and the feature film The Samaritan, starring Samuel L. Jackson.
19 MONTHS writer/director Randall Cole (’98) wrote and directed the comedy Real Time starring Jay Baruchel and Randy Quaid, as well as the thriller 388 Arletta Avenue, starring Nick Stahl and Mia Kirshner, which was featured at TIFF in 2011.
After the success of his CFC Feature CUBE, co-writer/director Vincenzo Natali (’96) has continued to direct a number of high-profile films in Canada and Hollywood, including the acclaimed feature Splice with Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley.
CUBE co-writer Graeme Manson (’95) is one of Canada’s best television writers, having co-created the award-winning television series Orphan Black. He has also written the television movies Lucky Girl and Crazy Canucks.
RUDE writer/director Clement Virgo (’93) and co-producer Damon D’Oliveira ('91) continue to work together as some of Canada’s foremost creators. Their work after RUDE includes the features Love Come Down, Lie With Me, Poor Boy's Game and the upcoming mini-series The Book of Negroes.
BLOOD & DONUTS director Holly Dale (’88) is a sought-after television director in Canada and the U.S. Her work in TV includes Durham County, Flashpoint, NCIS and Dexter.
Steve Hoban ('92) produced his first feature BLOOD & DONUTS through CFC Features and has since gone on to produce a number of successful films through his production company, Copperheart Entertainment, including the Academy Award-winning animated short Ryan, the Ginger Snaps series and Splice.